Tasty’s Restaurant Review, A Must Have Experience While on Anguilla

Oct 5, 2014 by     No Comments    Posted under: Caribbean, Restaurants, Reviews, Travel

I can’t recommend Tasty’s enough.  Of all the places we ate at on Anguilla, Tasty’s was our favorite, not only for the delicious food, but also for the Caribbean atmosphere and relaxed environment. We ate there twice during our short 5-day stay on Anguilla. What a tasty place!  If you only get to eat at one place on the island, this is where you need to go.

Tasty’s is an island favorite among tourists and locals alike for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.  It is located right on the main road of Anguilla. Tasty’s is the creation of local chef Dale Carty, who was born and raised in Anguilla, studied at the culinary arts in France, and has been featured in Bon Appetite magazine. Dale will likely come out and check in with you while you’re eating his creations to see if everything is to your liking.  I appreciate that in a chef. Tasty’s focuses on local Anguilla Caribbean food, and serves it up in the most tasty manner possible.

Anguilla Tastys Bon Appetit

Anguilla Tastys Bon Appetit

Anguilla Tastys Restaurant

Anguilla Tastys Restaurant

Looking for a Great Lunch on Anguilla?  Go to Tasty’s!

Our lunch started with an order of Conch Fritters.  Yum!  Conch is chewy, savory, and a little sweet.  It’s not really fishy at all.  If you’ve never had it before (this was our first experience), Tasty’s Conch Fritters are a great way to introduce yourself to it.  Tasty’s put a bit of habanero in the fritters, which added a nice heat without being overbearing.  They were served with a warm banana puree sauce, which was a perfect pairing.  The salad on the side was good and had a touch of heat.  The fritters were lite and not overly oily.  Great dish.

Anguilla Tastys Lunch - Conch Fritters

Anguilla Tastys Lunch – Conch Fritters

Anguilla Tastys Lunch - Conch Fritters Closeup

Anguilla Tastys Lunch – Conch Fritters Closeup

Sadie ordered the the Coconut Curry Chicken, which had a heavy Indian curry powder flavor.  But it was sour from lemons, and sweet from pumpkin.  What an interesting contrast to add to curry.  It was heavily spiced, had a touch of heat, and was very tasty.  The chicken breast cubes were a bit dry, but were good anyway. The accompanying pan-fried plantains were slightly caramelized and absolutely fantastic.

Anguilla Tastys Lunch - Coconut Curry Chicken

Anguilla Tastys Lunch – Coconut Curry Chicken

I ordered the Steamed Whole Snapper. This truly is a must have dish at Tasty’s. The fish was steamed in an incredibly flavored broth, then served whole in a bowl with that broth served all around it. It was just awesome. I don’t know where to begin in deciphering the ingredients of that broth.  Maybe it was just really really good fish stock?  I’m not sure exactly but I’m guessing there was a lot more going on there than just a stock.  The snapper itself was very flaky, very clean sea-flavored, and was quite good.  It was served with root veggies and cooking bananas, both swimming in the broth.  The cooking bananas were exquisite and tasted just like potatoes.  Best steamed fish dish I’ve ever had anywhere.

Anguilla Tastys Lunch - Steamed Whole Snapper

Anguilla Tastys Lunch – Steamed Whole Snapper

Anguilla Tastys Lunch - Steamed Whole Snapper Front

Anguilla Tastys Lunch – Steamed Whole Snapper Front

The side dish of fungi was a weird polenta type mash with an odd flavor.  It wasn’t our favorite, but we’re glad we got to try this Caribbean staple.

Anguilla Tastys Lunch - Steamed Whole Snapper Fungi Side

Anguilla Tastys Lunch – Steamed Whole Snapper Fungi Side

Not only was Tasty’s food great, but the decor was some of the most fun we found on the island.  You knew you were in the Caribbean when sitting in Tasty’s!

The Bald Gourmet at Tasty's in Anguilla

The Bald Gourmet at Tasty’s in Anguilla

Anguilla Tastys Inside

Anguilla Tastys Inside

Anguilla Tastys Inside 2

Anguilla Tastys Inside 2

Tasty’s Restaurant, Best Breakfast on Anguilla

Breakfast at Tasty’s was fantastic, and was a great value compared to other places on the island.  Sadie ordered the Grand Marnier French Toast, and I ordered the Egg-citing Breakfast.

Sadie’s French toast was out of this world good.  We both thought it sounded good on the menu, but when it came out we were both very skeptical.  It just looked so thin and pathetic.  But then we tasted it.  DAMN!  Made with brown sugar instead of white, and with a crunchy caramelized crust all over it reminiscent of a creme brulee topping, this stuff was out of this world delicious.  And though it was called Grand Marnier French Toast, neither of us really tasted any orange flavor.  We did taste the flavors of rum however, but this could have been from using Caribbean spices instead of actually using rum.  Either way, this was about the best french toast either of us had ever experienced.  Tasty’s maple syrup was exceptional too.  Best breakfast on the menu!

Anguilla Tastys Breakfast - Grand Marnier French Toast

Anguilla Tastys Breakfast – Grand Marnier French Toast

My Egg-citing Breakfast was pretty standard fare, but was very good.  The potatoes were amazing.  Golden brown and soft, with onions almost caramelized, and with some clean fresh thyme.  Nice touch that thyme was.  The eggs were eggs.  The sausage was sweet with Caribbean flavors instead of the typical US sage sausage flavors.  It was really quite nice.  It reminded me a little of chicken and apple sausage, but with totally different flavors.  Anyway, great breakfast, though not as memorable as the french toast.

Anguilla Tastys Breakfast - Egg-citing Breakfast

Anguilla Tastys Breakfast – Egg-citing Breakfast

We also ordered some Johnny cakes to enjoy.  They were such a tasty little deep fried bread.  We loved these!  They were light and puffy, were great with jam, and were just perfect.  A bit like Indian fry bread, only a little more chewy.  Much better than the hard tack version at Nico’s Restaurant.

Anguilla Tastys Breakfast - Johnny Cakes

Anguilla Tastys Breakfast – Johnny Cakes

 

The Bald Gourmet loves Tasty’s Restaurant on Anguilla.

 

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