September 11, 2018
Those looking for a great day out with exceptional cuisine enjoyed in gorgeous surroundings need look no further than Palm Cay’s Clubhouse Restaurant – one of the few places on the southeastern shore of New Providence delivering a memorable waterfront dining experience fit for all ages, tastes and pocketbooks.
Contrary to popular belief, the restaurant is open to the public although reservations are required at least two hours in advance ensuring guests are welcomed with open arms upon arrival.
The restaurant offers stunning views of the resort-style development’s 194-slip, award-winning marina, its picturesque pool-scape and 1,200-feet of soft sandy beach. The only thing rivaling the scenery provided by this idyllic getaway is its cuisine.
Delicious and amazing dinner parties of any size and requirement are a specialty at Palm Cay.
“We offer a range of (menu) items that complement our Bahamian and international clientele. Our menu speaks to the flavors of The Bahamas to give you a more cultural feel with a fusion of international accents,” said Marisa Nixon, lifestyle operations manager.
“We offer beautiful views of the ocean for that 'out island down-home feel' and light weekend entertainment to allow one to relax and unwind during and after the dining experience, which is one of a kind and will leave one intrigued to explore all we have to offer.”
Club Members receive 15 per cent off food and beverage purchases along with access to the Members’ Lounge.
Light and airy, yet surprisingly intimate with an island chic décor, the restaurant seats 52 with space for another 60 for al fresco (outside) dining. It’s open Monday to Thursday noon to 8pm and Friday through Sunday from noon to 10pm with reservations.
Food served here is an eclectic mix of Bahamian, American and Japanese influences with a dash of the tropical served up in almost every bite.
Perennial favourites “on the raw side” include the salmon tartare with caramelized butternut squash and the Palm Cay tuna poke. For the vegetarian there’s a hummus bowl with crudites and pizza bread available, while a refreshingly delicious lobster Cobb salad is guaranteed to hit the spot for the light eater.
Palm Cay’s delicious lobster Cobb salad.
Deep fried lovers can enjoy the finest crab cakes with candied onions, alongside other Bahamian favourites, like grouper fingers and conch fritters.
The Palm Cay burger
For foodies in search of something different or the next best thing, sample the European style charred conch with pineapple salsa (it’s Palm Cay’s grilled version of a tropical conch salad).
Other popular menu items include pizzas (baked fresh in Palm Cay’s brick oven), the mango-siracha and honey glazed chicken wings and the Palm Cay Bison Burger with pepper jack cheese. While the typical ground beef burger has 60 per cent meat and 40 per cent fat, the meatier bison burger has less fat with a 90/10 ratio.
Mango-siracha and honey glazed chicken wings.
“Almost everything is made to order,” said executive chef, Shannon Balfour, the co-creator of menus featured at the Clubhouse Restaurant and the Tiki Bar. “As soon as an order is received everything is prepared. That’s why it’s so fresh.”
Moroccan Spiced shrimp served on a bed of wilted greens & drizzled with cumin vinaigrette.
Chef Balfour personally hand rolls and seasons the hamburger patties, filets and grouper and makes the tuna poke and salmon tartare fresh daily amongst a myriad of other culinary preparation.
“We’re the last stop on the eastern side of the island offering outstanding food and warm, impeccable service,” said restaurant manager, Tiffany Seymour. “We want the locals to come experience Palm Cay, you might decide not to leave.”
In fact, diners could stay for the weekend, movie night event held under the stars on the beach from 8pm to 10pm, just outside the restaurant. There is also a special Sushi Saturday menu, which runs from 6 pm to 10 pm.
The restaurant is available for intimate events for 50 guests or less, including small weddings, tea parties, corporate luncheons and cocktail parties.
Confirmed weddings could opt to experience a tasting menu for four featuring miniature bites of the proposed menu providing planners an opportunity to view the presentation and sample the cuisine. Tastings are for a la carte events only, not buffets.
Palm Cay, the fast-growing beachfront community on New Providence’s southeast shore, combines a resort feel with residential living. Its Clubhouse Restaurant is open to the public. Reservations are required.