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A single word but so many meanings to the patrons of this unassuming venue in George Town. To some it is the perfect after work bar, intimate with a lively atmosphere at the bar and subdued lighting. To others it is one of the standout kitchens on the island, crafting some incredible dishes using very fine ingredients. To the rest it is the place to go for an utterly sinful dessert… More on that later. However, to many of us, it is a combination of all three. By far my favourite restaurant on the island, let us delve into the world of Bacchus.

To me the style is reminiscent of a Parisian bistro, romantically dim lighting and a conservative colour scheme help create the ambience. The walls are adorned by a multitude of quotations from a wide variety of authors, philosophers and alcoholics. Whatever your opinions on this, it does spark both intrigue and conversation, everybody has their favourite.

The staff are possibly the greatest asset of the restaurant. Manager Martin and Head Waitress Simone are two of the most accommodating hosts on the island and are extremely attentive to make sure you have a great experience. While certain other members of staff may not be up to their standard, Simone will make sure nothing goes wrong.

Bacchus is one of many restaurants offering a lunchtime menu however I do believe theirs is by far the best. A large, varied menu that consists of 15-20 ‘stalwart’ dishes that you will see most days, and a smaller section of 5-7 dishes that changes every day. It is hard to pick out specific dishes but I have fond memories of the Nasi Goreng, a portion of Fish and Chips, a grilled Mahi dish and a superbly complex chicken pasta salad. My dining partner and I identified at least 15 ingredients in the salad, some used in minute quantities but nevertheless, an example of the way Bacchus does things.

The menu is compact to a level many North American diners would not be used to, but in the spirit of fine European restaurants the mantra is to do fewer dishes perfectly rather than a multitude averagely. Highlights include the Chateaubriand dinner for 2, the filet and the catch of the day, which is usually a choice of three types of fish cooked how you like and served with a sauce of your choice. My preferred combination is grilled Mahi with the Thai Red Curry sauce and rice. Do give it a try.

Dessert is where Bacchus really shines and stands alone. The sticky toffee pudding is always something to look forward to, I have brought visitors and friends alike to Bacchus simply for this one dessert. The main competition of the sticky toffee pudding comes in the way of the upside down apple pie, an amazingly delicate dish with one of the lightest, flakiest pastries I have ever eaten. To many the pursuit of perfection was off to a fine start with the toffee pudding but reached its zenith with the apple pie, which takes 15 minutes to appear once ordered, giving you just enough time to prepare yourself.

Bacchus is relatively well known for its ‘theme nights’ where a particular dish takes centre stage. Friday is Filet and Red Wine night with all you care to eat and drink for $49. Tuesday is Lobster and Champagne night while there are fondue nights throughout the week also. For those who have the appetite, Friday night is a real treat and represents fine value at this level of cuisine.

In summary, Bacchus is a remarkable establishment that continues to delight. Whenever I entertain guests visiting the island, Bacchus is always at the top of my list. If you cannot make it for dinner, try to make the lunch. If you feel the desire to spoil yourself a little, one of their desserts will surely leave you with a smile

Price: Two courses and an average bottle of wine for two people would be in the $100 – 120 region

Dress Code: Smart casual is implied

Recommended For: Dates, Anniversaries, Birthdays, A special night out, Lunch

Menu: http://www.bacchus.ky/

Phone: 345 949 5747

Location: Fort Street, opposite Senor Frogs

Copper Falls Steakhouse

“A Rare Steakhouse, Very Well Done”

Their words not mine. Although a fitting place to begin my first review since this was my first ever meal on the island. A lonely Saturday night after a long flight feeling alone and unsure about what to expect from my new home. Instantly my mind was eased with one of the finest combinations of cuisine and service I had enjoyed in years. Ever since then, as many times as I have returned I have yet to have a bad experience at this treasure of a restaurant.

For starters, the selection of soups and salads are adequate and make a pleasant light companion to the heavy steak. The French Onion Soup and Caesar Salad may be very good but the Escargots are the real treat on the first page. The escargots are perfectly cooked and come served in what looks like a miniature muffin plate, each snail drowning in a gloriously rich garlic beurre sauce, which itself makes a perfect lubricant to the fresh bread served to every table.

Upon turning the page, the variety of main dishes will most likely surprise even those among us who consider ourselves ‘picky’. A dining companion of mine was once left with a respectable four choices on the menu even after discounting red meat and seafood. Yes, there is a selection of chicken dishes, the Parmesan Dijon crusted being my pick. Steak and seafood are where this restaurant creates its many repeat customers though, and sure enough there will be more than one dish you want to order.

Considered by many to be the finest filet on the island, this should be your first choice. Sauce on the side so as not to taint the taste or visual impact of the dish. As a good friend of mine once said, ‘I cut it in half so I can admire it while I eat it’. It really is that good. For those with larger appetites the Porterhouse is a mammoth that will leave you craving a bed and a good nights sleep. I would place these two steaks as the most popular with the NY Strip coming in a highly respectable third.

Seafood lovers need not worry as there are Salmon, Snapper and lobster options on the menu. You can also add lobster tails to the steak dish if you feel torn between the two. Although I am not the biggest fan of Salmon, a girl I took there once said it was the best she had eaten on island, and it certainly looked worthy of such an accolade.

All steaks and entrees include a starch side dish, a vegetable side dish, a sauce and a Martini or Highball. A unique and fun twist on the regular tedium of menus. The Hypnotiq Martini is my usual choice, although it is a very conspicuous shade of fluorescent blue so you have been warned. The wine list is varied and will cater to most tastes, from budget to high end.

In summary, Copper Falls is a restaurant where you go when time is of no concern. This is not a slight on the service, which is impeccable and friendly but more a comment on the nature of the experience. Food, especially good food, is something that should be looked at as a shared experience to be enjoyed in it’s own sweet time. From the quality of the steaks to the dark, soothing atmosphere this is a restaurant where all your senses are longing for you to stay and savour just one more bite.

Price: Two courses and an average bottle of wine for two people would be in the $120 region

Dress Code: Smart casual is implied

Recommended For: Dates, Anniversaries, Birthdays, A special night out

Menu: http://www.copperfallssteakhouse.com/menus.html

Phone: 345 945 4755

Location: In the Strand Shopping Complex, opposite Fosters Supermarket