Home-style with lots of heart! Dining at Pink House is a must.
If wandering round the herb and vegetable gardens and visiting the restored outhouses has made you hungry, you’re in luck, because the Pink Plantation House is also renowned for its food– and what food it is! Michelle describes it as "home-style Saint Lucian cooking", using fresh local produce, family recipes, simple but authentic flavours, cooked with heart on the most basic of equipment. But Michelle is being humble about the food she and the team create in that little kitchen, because every bite is deliciously seasoned and perfectly cooked, while the presentation of every dish takes home-style to another level altogether.
“We never planned to have a restaurant, not at all, but we were known for great food at The Coal Pot and people seemed to want our simple, home-cooked food – we literally started off with a few tables and whatever chairs we could get. Of course we added a beautiful orchid and elegant plate and did it Pink House style. At first we didn’t advertise because we wanted to get it right, but people came because our food is cooked fresh daily using local produce – as fresh and as natural and as good as possible.”
The verandah is a wonderful place to enjoy some of the home-style offerings every lunchtime, and charming hand-painted clipboards are quirky menu holders for an ever-changing line up of local favourites and seasonal specials: a velvety Pumpkin and Callaloo Soup fulfils both cravings even on a hot day, and fluffy hot bakes are the perfect local substitute for bread; salads are piled with organic greens and vegetables from the kitchen garden; succulent shrimp are cooked to perfection in a sweet-spicy marinade.
Every mouthful is a heavenly taste of Lucian soul food and every season brings something special. It helps that those elegant plates are designed by Michelle and hand-painted, glazed and kilned right upstairs on the first floor: the pottery’s vibrant colors and designs adorn the tables, crisply dressed in simple backdrop of white cotton. The staff are smiling and friendly, the ambiance is warm and welcoming, the food is excellent and the view is insane, which are just four reasons to put the Pink Plantation House on your must-dine list while you’re in Saint Lucia.