Carmichael's restaurant, Antigua
Carmichael’s is a fine dining restaurant located at Sugar Ridge Resort. One of the most popular fine dining restaurants on the island, the menu from talented Executive Chef Andrew Jean features fresh seafood, produce and meats all prepared with Caribbean flair. While Antigua isn't renowned as a 'foodie destination' (people are typically more focused on lying on the beach and sipping pina coladas), Carmichael's is certainly shaking up the food scene with it's modern take on classic dishes.
The casual chic restaurant consists of a large, covered wooden deck area with high ceilings and exposed wooden beams. The understated decor, which features rattan arm chairs and crisp, white tablecloths, ensures that the sole focus is on the views and the food. Regardless of which table guests are seated at, they are guaranteed fabulous views of either the pebble-bottomed infinity pool or the azure sea.
During our visit, we started with the amuse bouche, which consisted of breaded cheddar with apple chutney, which was very moreish, we greedily could have devoured a few of these! Next up was the crispy duck salad with sweet hoisin sauce, which was nice and light with a pleasing crunchiness and well-balanced flavours.
For our mains, I had the coffee crusted pork tenderloin with coffee air and pea puree, which was very tender, however, the coffee flavours didn’t really come through. My husband opted for the classic surf and turf, which was definitely the winning dish of the two. The steak was perfectly cooked and the lobster tail was generous with tender flesh. For dessert, we shared the apple flan, which was superb and the perfect ending to a great meal.
We would definitely recommend Carmichael's for anyone seeking great cuisine in a stunning location. As Carmichael's is one of the most popular restaurants on the island (and is frequented by the guests staying at Sugar Ridge resort), bookings are recommended. For booking details, visit the Sugar Ridge website.
Our experience overall
Food and drink: ★★★★
Staff attentiveness/friendliness: ★★★
Tottenham Park, St. Mary’s
Antigua & Barbuda
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