Friday, July 10, 2015

The Good Life - Afternoon at Sheer Rocks

Since I have returned from Antigua I have been left daydreaming of my amazing trip there! One of the highlights of my visit was my afternoon at Sheer Rocks. Sheer Rocks is located on the West coast of the island and has the most spectacular views. The food, service and overall atmosphere of the restaurant are equally impressive. I arrived around 4 PM and was greeted by the charming Jackson who promptly insisted that my sister/assistant for the day; Faye and I try some of the cocktails. I am not a big drinker so I took his suggestions and enjoyed an "Apple Rocks" cocktail while Faye had "the best Mojito" she had ever tasted.

We were then introduced to the chef Simon Christey-French who talked to us a bit more about Sheer Rocks and the menu. Simon's love for the restaurant as well as his passion for food was evident. He enthusiastically described some of the dishes explaining that 85% of the produce used is sourced from local farmers and fishermen. Exceptions are made for items such as their Buffalo Mozzarella which is flown in from Italy. Another one of the staff members who made our visit special was Cindy, the bartender. Cindy and Jackson are part of very passionate team, most of which are Antiguan's or from other Eastern Caribbean islands. 

Shortly after we were ushered to a table where endless tapas started flowing from the kitchen. I am a self proclaimed foodie so this was heaven to me! My favorites dishes were the Tuna Carpaccio with pink peppercorns and fennel, Wahoo sashimi and the Caprese salad made with fresh local tomatoes & basil. Faye's favorites were the Burnt tomato and basil bruschetta and the confit duck and pork stew. The Polenta chips deserve special mention also - I've been craving them ever since!  

After our meal we retired to our cabana where we lounged and watched the boats sail by as the sun set. I try to avoid using the word perfect but there is no better word to describe my afternoon. I will definitely be returning to Sheer Rocks on my next visit to Antigua. For those of you traveling to Antigua I definitely recommend booking a cabana and spending the afternoon soaking in the pool, relaxing on the daybed and enjoying the delicious food.

Sheer Rocks is one of the only restaurants in Antigua to open 365 days a year. They serve Tapas from 12-4 and A la Carte dinner starts at 6. The restaurant has incredibly high standards and the personable staff only add to the "cool" vibe. To learn more about Sheer Rocks visit their website, LIKE them on Facebook and be sure to follow them on Instagram ( @sheerrocks) to see their enviable snaps of this magical spot.