Sharing the Love in Soufriere
Sharing the love has become a sort of motto for Chef Orlando Satchell in the past two years since he established his own, very special place in Soufriere. Born and raised in the UK with roots in Jamaica and Barbados, Orlando’s culinary journey has taken him around the world, and with him he has taken Caribbean cuisine: nowadays his intimate, welcoming restaurant allows him to fulfil a dream and share his love of Saint Lucian produce and flavours with visitors from around the world.
Look for the cemetery close to the seafront and you’ll find the discreet frontage, and enter through the tiny courtyard into a homely but elegant, rustic but chic ambiance which feels a little like being invited to the Chef’s home – which indeed it is since he lives right upstairs! Seating has an indoor loungeoutdoor garden style and umbrellas provide welcome shade at lunchtime, when Orlando’s welcomes locals and day-trippers to dine a la carte on the freshest ingredients the island’s “bread basket” has to offer.
But in the evening, the restaurant has the feel of a “petit bistro” with a difference – the difference being Orlando’s food, which can definitely be described as unique and interesting.
Tasting menus are a great way to sample a wide variety of Chef’s very locally influenced creations: Ti Manje is the patois for “small bites” and each of Orlando’s menus offer multiple courses which allow you to enjoy the many tastes of Saint Lucia and each dish perfectly complements the last.
Like a map of the area, the dishes invite the guest to a culinary tour of Soufriere, but the changing seasons offer many opportunities, so expect the menus to vary: perhaps the Bouton Ground Provision Soup with yam, dasheen and breadfruit or Belle Fond Creole Bean Soup will be the appetisers, with Choiseul Yellow Fin Tuna and Zenon Jerk Pork as entrees and a sweet tart for dessert made with coconuts from Colombette. Almost definitely you’ll want to try the Derek Walcott Fishcake made from crushed green bananas and smoked herring – a wonderful savoury take on the local saltfish accra without the frying. Whatever you go for is bound to be fresh, beautifully seasoned and cooked with love – Orlando’s trademark.
Though he’s very discreet, Chef Orlando is proud of the reputation his food and restaurant have developed since 2011, and some very famous faces smile from the photos in the courtyard so don’t be surprised if you bump into someone with the surname Marley or a celebrity chef called Marco as they share the love too.
Local fruits, vegetables and ground provisions, daily caught fish and seafood, herbs, spices and seasonings straight out of the creole kitchen and a talented chef with a visible passion for the cuisine of his Caribbean heritage – Orlando’s is an outstanding dining experience in the Soufriere area, and well worth a visit for lunch or dinner. Make sure to ask for Chef himself and hear about the day’s special menus – you’ll see for yourself why Orlando’s is unique on the island of Saint Lucia. Call 722 6265 for reservations at Orlando's.