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Concierge.com

Dasheene, Soufrière

Ladera
Soufrière
St. Lucia
Tel: 758 459 7323
www.ladera.com/dining.html
Concierge.com's insider take:

Down Soufrière way, the essential reservation is a table at Ladera's restaurant, with its über-romantic Piton vista accompanied by the giggling of honeymooners and the chirrup of tree frogs (also by a reggae band, depending on the night). Though chef Nigel Mitchel (sometimes aided by visiting star toques) has a penchant for silly names ("rhythm of rasta pasta," "seventh-heaven carrot soup") his food is perfectly unpretentious—the fresh, delicious, inventive dishes include fried green-tomato-and-plantain tart; saltfish with green-fig salad; lime-pepper-marinated seared steak with fries; or the day's catch, grilled in butter seasoned with jerk spices, local flowers, or lemon and caviar. The space isn't overtly fancy—there are plain wood tables, white tablecloths and flowers on the patio and in the dining room—but it feels elegant and civilized, and many people dress for dinner here.

Open daily 7 to 10 am, 11:30 am to 3 pm, and 6:30 to 9:30 pm.

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