Paradise Island› Restaurant
One Casino Drive, Nassau, Paradise Island
Our Rating Neighborhood Paradise Island Hours Daily 7–11am, noon–4pm, 6–9:30pm Phone 242/363-2501 Prices Main courses $24–$62 Cuisine type Bahamanian/French-Asian Web site Dune
The best restaurant on Paradise Island—some say the best in the Greater Nassau area—sits atop its namesake sand dune at the chic One&Only Ocean Club resort, overlooking the hotel’s clipped lawns to either side and the beach and sea just below.
The place has a British Colonial-meets-Zen look, some tables on the patio wrapping around the main gazebo, its walls of windows and floor-to-ceiling louvered wood doors giving a true indoor-outdoor feel to the space. (If the tables under the small log arbor on one side seems vaguely familiar, it might be because that is where Judi Dench gave Daniel Craig his tracking chip and marching orders in 2006’s James Bond reboot Casino Royale.)
The menu was set by celebrity chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten, who married his Alsatian roots and French Michelin-starred background with his experiences in some of the top kitchens of Asia to create a menu that brings the finest of global haute cuisine to local ingredients with bold flavors.
The snapper is roasted with bok choy, ginger-chili vinaigrette, and herbs; the lobster is doused in a light curry sauce with fried plantains. There is Peking duck with a shallot confit and a stir-fry of asparagus, skitake mushrooms, and lilly bulbs; and prosciutto-wrapped organic pork chop in a mushroom-sage glaze.
It is rather pricey—though the lunch menu contains some sandwiches that can bring down meal costs considerably—but no more so than some of the, frankly, less special restaurants at the sister resort, Atlantis (from which there are regular shuttles so patrons can sample the Dune as well).
Reservations are strongly recommended and, as with most fine restaurants in the islands, proper attire is required: No shorts or tank tops; collared shirts and slacks for men.