For authentic Indian roti, there is nowhere better than the Roti Palace (94 Main St., 284/494-4196, Mon.–Sat. 11 a.m.–8 p.m., $10–24). Up a narrow flight of stairs next to Samarkand Jewellers, the Roti Palace serves nothing but rotis, the Indian-style wraps filled with curried meat and vegetables. The generous wraps come with rice, homemade chutney, and kuchela, a spicy condiment made from hot peppers, green mango, and vinegar. Homey and welcoming, the Roti Palace overlooks Main Street and Road Town harbor. It’s open Monday through Saturday for lunch and dinner, but it is wise to call ahead, especially for the evening meal. This is real home-style cooking.
Tucked away at the end of a narrow alley in Purcell, a residential community just east of Road Town, is
C&F Restaurant (284/494-4941, 6:30–10 p.m. Wed.–Mon., $12–25), one of the best West Indian restaurants on the island. Chef Clarence serves fresh fish, steak, lobster, barbecue, and curries. That may sound familiar, but it all just tastes better here. Red-checkered tablecloths and a jumbled decor give the restaurant a homey feel. Takeout is popular, since one dinner plate can easily serve two people.
Located at CSY Marina east of Road Town, Chillin Café (Baugher’s Bay, 284/494-9236, 11 a.m.–10 p.m. daily, $8–25) has a big-screen TV indoors and a lovely view of Road Harbour outside. Choose from Caribbean favorites or European and American standards. This is a nice happy hour spot.
© Susanna Henighan Potter from Moon Virgin Islands, 4th edition