Continuing on our Tru Bahamian Bites of Nassau Food Tour, when we last left off, we were departing the Graycliff hotel where we sampled local Bahamian beer and delectable house made chocolates. We continued to walk around the town and passed by some important political buildings. This was probably the only “hill” we had to navigate.We walked around some more and came to a well-known Dutch-Bahamian restaurant, Van Breugels.
The decor inside the restaurant was quaint and reminisce of a colonized era.
We went upstairs to a private room which had a/c thank goodness. I think we were all really sweaty and hot at this point. Luckily, at almost every stop we were provided with ice water to drink.
Our tasting here was a mash-up of sorts. A Bahamian conch chowder but flavored with Thai-style spices with European technique. It was a delicious chowder, with a creaminess from the fresh coconut milk, and a kick from the curry spices.
After Van Breugels, we continued on our way…
We walked down closer to the main tourist drag, and went to a small shopping enclave off the main street. Here was Pure Caribbean Spices and Tea, our next stop.
This was a small storefront that sold locally made items. All the sauces, teas, spices, sea salt, etc. are all locally made or sourced from the islands of the Bahamas. We tasted several types of hot sauce and sampled some tea.
The sauces were good! We had time to shop a little bit so Steve and I purchased a few bottles of sauce to take home. It was a fun stop!
Next stop was an interesting one…who knew there was quite a significant population of Greeks on the Bahamas? Well they is, and the Athena Cafe is one of the most popular Greek restaurants in Nassau. I’s actually located upstairs inside a jewelry store (same owner!) on the main touristy street in Nassau .
It was quite busy when we arrived, and we were led to the bar area where all of us just managed to fit around the circular bar.
The bar was pretty cool because it had a see-through glass top that had a beach motif.
Our sampling at this stop…fresh Greek salad made with produce grown at the owner’s home. The feta is imported from Greece, and the pita is house-made. It was a very good Greek salad!
I thought the lettuces were fresh and crisp, and the dressing was good, not TOO pucker-inducing!
Our next and final stop was the popular Tortuga Rum cake shop for a sweet bite to end the trip
Sorry I can’t seem to find a picture of the sample we had, but it was basically a large piece of the vanilla rum cake.
If you like vanilla cake or pound cake, buy lamisil you’ll love this cake! The alcohol is actually burned off in the cooking process so there really isn’t anything to make you tipsy in it. We were given a history of how the cake came about and then since the tour was essentially over, we were able to shop for anything! In addition they also sold the rum used in the cakes (although the cakes outsell the rum by a mile). We purchased a small rum cake, and they threw in a box of tea for free. Yay!
We thanked Alanna for her great tour. I do highly recommend this tour for something a little different and very informative. You will also be fed well! You do have to be prepared to walk a bit, not a huge distance, but know you’ll be walking in the sun, and it’s hot. Definitely bring some water and wear comfy shoes!
Before we left we asked Alanna where we could get some good conch salad near the port. She gave us a recommendation for Lukka Kairi, a restaurant with nice views…or she said we could look out for a fisherman who was by the ports who sometimes sells conch salad out of his boat.
We walked back to the port, which was quite close to our last tour stop, and saw the Lukka Kairi restaurant immediately so we decided to go there.
The restaurant is quite nice, with breezy bright interiors with natural wood interiors, a huge bar, and fantastic view. It has an upscale vibe and definitely felt like a good place to have a meal if we were on the island longer. We sat at the bar with the island breezes and tropical music.
I tried something called Sky Juice and Steve got a Bahama mama. My sky juice is basically gin mixed with condensed and evaporated milk, spices, and served over ice.
The Sky Juice reminded me of egg nog but with a thinner consistency…it was pretty good! Although a little too sweet for my taste so I had to wait a while for the ice to melt before finishing it.
We ordered what we came here for: a conch salad! Fresh conch is cut up and served with onions, bell peppers, hot scotch bonnets, and citrus juice. Like a Bahamian ceviche! We’ve had it before back at Potter’s Cay when we visited the Bahamas more than 10 years ago, but it was no where as nicely presented as this version.
I loved the presentation in the conch shell! It was served with fried plantain chips. It was delicious!
By now we were tired and needed to escape from the sun…we had to rest up for tonight’s pirates festivities so we headed back to the ship.
Waiting for us in our stateroom was our pirate bandannas! Pirate Night…we’re ready for ya!
Stay tuned for our Pirate-themed dinner and Pirates IN the Caribbean Deck Party on board the Disney Magic! Read the rest of our Disney Magic Cruise and Vacation.