Lunch on the water

When it comes to lunch on a tropical island, one would expect the ocean to feature strongly, both on and off the menu.

Few locations can be as perfect at Rackham’s, with the deck stretching out over the water just off the George Town waterfront. The cool ocean breezes make it a great location even on the kind of day that has one seeking out the shelter of the ample shade on the deck.

Although the venue is characterised by its relaxed bar vibe, the food is much more than just regular pub fare, making it a great venue for a relaxing lunch.

On the suggestion of my server, I decided on the fish and chips, which according to the folks at Rackham’s is the best on the island.

It is made with a traditional beer batter featuring Caybrew, and is made fresh every hour. It is this attention to details that makes it really special, and explains why you can often find an entire table opting for the fish and chips.

Although I cannot claim to have tried every fish and chips offering on every menu, this was excellent fish and chips. The batter is light and crispy, and the fish flaky and moist for a brilliant experience.

The tapas menu offers a great selection with some unique interpretations of classics like tuna spring rolls with a light phylo pastry and just the right combination of ginger, wasabi and other flavours, with the fish cakes and crostini with goats cheese also well worth a mention. It is the perfect accompaniment for a couple of relaxed drinks with friends after work.

At Rackham’s the fish is not just on the menu either, and the nightly tarpon feeding at 7.30pm is a very popular event with visitors.

From ice cold beer to custom cocktails, Rackham’s has a selection of drinks to suit every taste. Should you find yourself in need of even more cooling, you can even snorkel right off the balcony.

Of course, the friendly bar vibe also makes it the perfect spot for happy hour, which takes place from 5pm to 7pm, because when you are on island time, having to rush to squeeze happy hour into one single hour just would not do. Best of all, the gorgeous views and picture perfect sunsets are free.

For Rackham’s regulars looking to try something new, from 1 December to 28 February the restaurant will also be offering fresh local lobster daily, which may well serve to tempt quite a couple of diners away from their fish and chips favourite. WH

For more information call 945-3860.

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Stephen Clarke