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Hibernia, Island Harbour

Island Harbour
Tel: 264 497 4290's insider take:

The 11 tables in this open-air, brightly painted West Indian house overlook the fishing village of Island Harbour and distant Scilly Cay. Though the setting is distinctly Anguillan, the menu namechecks a world of culinary influences. French chef Raoul Rodriguez trained at the Ecole Hoteliere in Strasbourg and at cooking schools across Asia, and he and wife/hostess Mary Pat O'Hanlon spend two months every year traveling to exotic destinations, returning with art for the gallery and ideas for the kitchen. The resulting French/Indochine specialties make this one of the island's top gastronomic treasures (so book early). Staples include a selection of freshly smoked mahi-mahi, tuna, and kingfish served with a ginger/horseradish cream; naked crayfish sautéed with coconut and Balinese spices; and pan-grilled Perigord duck breast with a tamarind jus. Desserts include several unusual flavors of homemade ice cream—including one made of the smelly durian fruit—and an innovative prune dish cooked in chocolate and Armagnac. A recently expanded wine cellar brims with an ever-growing mainly French selection. Although the cuisine is haute, the ambience is fairly informal, and O'Hanlon meets your every need with her Irish charm.

Open Tuesday through Saturdays noon to 1:30 pm and 6 to 9 pm. Closed mid-August through October.

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