Friday 25th October, 2019 was observed as Creole Day in Dominica. After making a close to 50 miles trip to and from the City of Roseau, my mom and I decided we would have our lunch away from home. On our way up, I spotted the newly and freshly prepared sign highlighting the Plantation Grove Restaurant Club and Bar and silently thought that this would be my opportunity to fulfill the long resisted urge.
You see, for months I have traversed the area to and from work, and promised that I would some day stop to check out this restaurant. One friend spoke highly about his visit to the establishment too, and that only served to intensify the urge and my curiosity to do so. I finally, gave in to that urge, and took my mom along.
Once we got off road, I said to my mom, “I really don’t know where this road is leading, but I’m following”. Interestingly, once one gets off the main road and turns left into the unknown, the less than a minute drive ends in a lovely and clean parking lot. Well once we hit the spot, the aroma of the kitchen struck our nostrils and our hunger once intensified. Meanwhile, immediately, a smiling hostess met us confirming what the signpost said to us. We were in the right place.
Once my mom safely got down the stairs, and we were seated at a table, we knew we were in a really “cool” place. Ms. Margarette Adrien the owner and hostess made us feel at home, and immediately engaged us in conversation. Her warm and welcoming nature was a winner for us.
Though not a very large place, it is able to host a maximum of 30 people, with a private dining area for two if necessary. Before visiting, it is advisable to call ahead of time, so that the lone chef and proprietor herself can organize your dish of choice. Interestingly, we hadn’t called before because we went like explorers. This however, did not deter Ms. Margarette from preparing us a wonderful and sumptuous meal.
The meal was tasty, sufficient, and definitely complementary to our Independence and Creole season. The joy of being able to have a meaningful conversation with some level of privacy, with soft appropriate music in the background, or being able to utilize wifi which she made available certainly made the experience more appreciable. This place is a well kept secret worth uncovering.
One can access the lovely ambiance of the Plantation Grove from Thursdays to Sundays at the Dublanc Afoko Hills, near the Syndicate Road, or by calling (767) 245 1587. Check out their facebook page. The sharp view of the Caribbean Sea nested within home grown fruits, vegetables, herbs and other agricultural produce makes dining at the Plantation Grove Restaurant Club and Bar worth the time. The use of local leaves as table mats was also very refreshing and different. – A welcomed difference indeed.
My mom after completing her yummy meal said: “We must return there”! Indeed we must, I concurred. I encourage you to go pay them a visit soon! Maybe I will bounce you there too, and that would be “nice’. I highly recommend this secret awaiting discovery where patrons are guaranteed to “experience Difference.” – Hmm!