DEFYING DEFINITION FROM SUNDOWN TO THE WEE HOURS
fiendishly clever thing about restaurant, bar and nightclub Delirius is precisely that it is all those things to its fans and friends in Saint Lucia and beyond. For seven years, Delirius has made its way into the hearts and tummies of local patrons who find its spacious bar and open decks to be the perfect after-work lime any day of the week, a consistently great place to eat contemporary local cuisine, and the only party to regularly rock Rodney Bay with international dance music from a solid roster of DJs and live local bands.
Strangely enough, Delirius fans are loyal to their own brand of Delirius, so from 4.30pm to 2.00am every night except Sunday, a different clientèle moves through the island’s most successful and beloved venue enjoying the vibe as it progresses from spirited chatter to full on bacchanal. The sundowner crowd hails from local offices and businesses, who rub shoulders with visitors taking a break from walking to the mall. Cocktails are Delirius’ business and the pages of options leave no stone unturned where alcoholic ingredients are concerned. Manager Alva and Bartender Jojo are award-winning mixologists, who love to throw down a challenge with their crazy creations and off the wall ingredients.
Whether yours is a fresh-sprigged “Thyme for Passion” or a gently coconut-flavoured “Ananas Colada”, or even an ice cold local beer, Delirius’s bartending team will rustle up your tipple with friendly flair and an efficiency that astounds, even when the crowd is growing and barstools are full. A snappy menu of bar snacks keep the vibes flowing – after all, who can resist a crispy onion ring or saltcod fishcake to whet the appetite for another round?
Early evening sees the dinner crowd, and again the mix is local and tourist, because good food news travels fast in Rodney Bay! Perhaps the nicest surprise about Delirius is that the restaurant rocks just as hard as the nightclub, and an innovative menu of fresh ingredients offers gems like the Sweet Potato and Pumpkin Lasagne which will satisfy even the most incredulous carnivore, or the Salmon Fillet with a zesty lime and green banana crust and sautéed local veggies.
Local fish features prominently and the young, attentive staff will tell you about the day’s catch, but meat lovers will also be thrilled with the succulent steaks, baby back ribs and the Chairman’s Chicken with its creamy rum sauce. For a Caribbean favourite, try their take on West Indian Curried Goat or a trio of Sliders made from local hot bakes filled with BBQ pork, jerk fish and Creole chicken.
Desserts are irresistable, with the Passionfruit Crème Brulée on top of many guests’ favourites, and the Dark Chocolate and Espresso Mousse a decadently intense choc lover’s moment. The wine list is a jaw-dropper, and dessert cocktails are a great way to segue into the latter part of the evening, as Delirius’ hardcore fans come out to play, and play they do, until 2am when the DJ plays that final crowd favourite.
Everyone loves Delirius, and the gardens and deck of Rodney Bay’s preferred place to party are regularly jammed with the island’s in- crowd, young and old, who dress up and meet their friends to eat, drink, dance and make new friends with the visitors who find Delirius and make memories of their own. Look out for theme nights in 2014, with the signature St Patrick’s Day fete happening in March.
Delirius in Rodney Bay Village is open from 4.30pm until late daily except Sunday. Weekend closing 2am. Call 451 3354 for reservations and visit deliriusstlucia.com for menus and cocktail lists. LIKE Delirius St Lucia on Facebook.
A big thumbs up from mixologist Jojo!