Home-style with lots of heart! Din­ing at Pink House is a must.

Tropical Traveller Magazine - - ISLANDFEATURE -

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.

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