At last La Bougainvillea for lunch ….

The outside approach at La Bougainvillea

So this week we finally made it to La Bougainvillea for lunch ! What with cool breezy weather and an overpacked schedule it has taken us some time to visit Eleuthera’s latest venue – but it was worth the wait and we ate a beautiful lunch there the other day.

Tom Marazza is the owner and in fact has owned the property for around 13 years. Until recently La Bougainvillea was a rental property along with 7 Palms right next door. But now it has been turned into a small boutique hotel with the restaurant as well. There are 5 rooms – all very elegantly and simply presented – white , immaculately clean and very stylish with an island flavor….

Inside dining area.
Inside dining area.

The property has been designed to host large wedding parties and functions – there is a large outside bar and undercover area as well as a great dance floor…..

Now that's a pool !
Now that’s a pool !
The designer in me could not resist a picture of the cast concrete bar with conch section set in it.....
The designer in me could not resist a picture of the cast concrete bar with conch section set in it…..

7 Palms – with 7 bedrooms – continues to be a rental property and is ideally situated for a short stroll over to enjoy lunch or dinner in the restaurant. You can eat either inside the unusual Moroccan style house or outside – in the shade with a view of the Atlantic…..

Oh yes - delicious and healthy ......
Oh yes – delicious and healthy ……

The menu features as much local produce as possible and the meal we enjoyed was a delight. Smoked salmon with deviled eggs and salad along with a very tasty salad dressing – served on the side as I like it …… Of course in the interests of research I also had a look at the dinner menu – and I can’t wait to try the curried grouper with lemongrass rice as an entree. We drank a glass of iced lemongrass tea – made with lemongrass that grows on the property – very refreshing and a welcome addition to the variety of drinks available here – and super healthy as well. It is very good for the digestive system as well as many other disorders check out the health benefits here 

The pizza oven with brilliant stonework but the artist Celes - well known and revered on the island for his beautiful work.....
The pizza oven with brilliant stonework by the artist Celes – well known and revered on the island for his beautiful work…..

There is an outdoor pizza oven and pizza night is on a Thursday – another reason to visit. The chef is  a local lady called Monique – and she has plenty of experience working in restaurants here in Eleuthera. With what we have tried so far ourselves and from reports we have had from other visitors she is a very talented lady – she worked in conjunction with Tom to design the menu and the offer is healthy and something a little different from what is generally available here.

Ace waitress and bar lady -the beautiful Joanie
Ace waitress and bar lady -the beautiful Joanie

Jennifer Hadland is the hotel manager – a lovely friendly lady with an eye for detail and high standards – I’m sure that under her eagle eye the hotel and restaurant will maintain great standards even when Tom is off island…..

Tom with manager jennifer
Tom with manager Jennifer

There is a stunning swimming pool as you will see from the pictures – and Tom is going to introduce the option of visiting La Bougainvillea as a day club guest – paying a small fee for each person so that you can use the facilities and eat and drink as well. There is a plan for walking trails as well as mountain bike trails – and mountain bikes to rent…..

Bob, me and Tom with the pool and the backdrop of La Bougainvillea
Bob, me and Tom with the pool and the backdrop of La Bougainvillea

La Bougainvillea is open for lunch from 12- 3pm and dinner from 5-10pm – every day except Wednesday. For bookings call 242 699 6301 – tell them Kathy sent you !

No blog is complete without a picture of our growing boy Rudge !
No blog is complete without a picture of our growing boy Rudge !

 

9 thoughts on “At last La Bougainvillea for lunch ….

    1. Nothing makes me happier that to write about a new place to eat here – well actually eating there does but you know what I mean !

  1. Thanks for the review, Cathy. It’s the house nearest to us, and, as we walked the beach, we had been wondering for months what was being built there. Nice to have another dining option on the island, and the wait staff assuredly is in good hands with Joanie. We’ve followed her to every restaurant since La Dolce Vita. We look forward to trying Bougainvilla. (And I love deviled eggs!)

    1. Isn’t it exciting to have a new option ! And we love Joanie as well – she is a great addition to the team there. Seems like an age ago since we used to go to Dolce Vita doesn’t it !

  2. I had the curried grouper and asked for mine to be mild. It was perfectly delicious. Monique is happy to prepare it to ones liking. The day pass (trails included ) would be grand. Cathy,Thank you for another completely helpful review.

    1. That’s great to know – we are going tomorrow evening – looking forward to it ! Glad you are reading the blog !

  3. I have no idea if you are receiving my comments??? Could I please have a thumbs up. I love your blogs. They mean a lot to me. Camilla Ross

  4. Hello, looks great!
    We’ll be staying on the island in March for 3 weeks… (o;
    Very excited to enjoy the restaurant especially for Thursday night Pizza!
    See ya soon

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