Sun and . . . (Nassau, New Providence Island; tel. 242/393-1205; www.sun-and.com) has made a comeback after being closed for many years. Once again, it is the leading independent choice on New Providence, serving a finely honed international cuisine. It's a throwback to Nassau in its grand heyday. Originally built in the 1930s as a private residence, it lies in an upscale residential neighborhood east of Nassau's center.
Moso (Wyndham Nassau Resort, Cable Beach, New Providence Island; tel. 242/327-6200; www.wyndhamnassauresort.com) is the island's best Asian restaurant. Its well-trained staff has learned the secrets of the cuisines of the Far East, and they dispense an array of some of the best-known and tastiest dishes, including teriyaki specialties.
Bahamian Club (Atlantis, Paradise Island; tel. 242/363-3000; www.atlantis.com), a notch down from the superb Dune, is still one of the leading restaurants in The Bahamas -- and our favorite at the sprawling mega-resort of Atlantis. Strictly upscale, it presents superb French and international cuisine against a backdrop evoking the British Colonial era.
Dune (One&Only Ocean Club, Paradise Island; tel. 242/363-2501, ext. 64739; www.oneandonlyresorts.com) is the most cutting-edge restaurant in Paradise Island/Nassau. It's the creation of French-born restaurant guru Jean-Georges Vongerichten, the moving force behind several of New York City's top dining spots. Everything that comes out of the kitchen benefits from a special touch -- witness the chicken and coconut-milk soup accompanied by shiitake cakes.
Nobu (Atlantis, Paradise Island; tel. 242/363-3000; www.atlantis.com) has opened a branch of this celebrated Japanese restaurant in The Bahamas. It's the island's most-talked-about -- and arguably its best, attracting a string of celebrities. The setting is glamorous, and the cuisine is top-rated, prepared with either market-fresh ingredients or exotic imported ingredients.
Mangoes Restaurant (Marsh Harbour, the Abacos; tel. 242/367-2366; www.mangoesmarina.com) serves up the best and most authentic Bahamian food in the Abaco chain. Visiting yachties and locals flock to this welcoming spot for its fine cuisine. Order a conch burger for lunch and then return in the evening for the catch of the day -- straight from the sea and grilled to your specifications. The namesake mango sauce really dresses up a plate of grilled pork tenderloin.
The Landing (Harbour Island, Eleuthera; tel. 242/333-2707; www.harbourislandlanding.com), an attractive restaurant at the Harbour Island ferry dock, has awakened the area's sleepy taste buds. Brenda Barry and daughter Tracy feed you well from a choice of international dishes, often prepared from recipes gathered during their world travels. Under mature trees in their garden, you can feast on delicious pastas, freshly made gazpacho, pan-fried grouper, or warm duck salad.
Rock House Restaurant (Harbour Island, Eleuthera; tel. 242/333-2053; www.rockhousebahamas.com), in the Rock House Hotel on increasingly chic Harbour Island, serves superb international cuisine. Its hip bodega aura evokes Miami, but it's thoroughly grounded on the island. At lunch, you can get a rock-lobster sandwich; at night, the chefs display their culinary prowess with an array of satisfying dishes.
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