George Town

Singh's Roti Shop & Bar (% 946-7684; cnr Doctor Roy's Dr & Shedden Rd; mains US$7-10; S lunch & dinner, closed Sun) This is one of George Town's best bargains. In a city where dinner often means a three-figure check, this cheerful hole-in-the-wall is a great place for some tongue-searing roti (curry filling, often potatoes and chicken, rolled inside flat bread).

Hammerheads (% 949-3080; North Church St; mains US$10-20; S lunch & dinner) This is a great spot to meet locals who come in droves for sundowners and satisfying diner fare out on the large deck with great sea views. Burgers, fried chicken and some seriously good sandwiches are the main offerings - as well as killer cocktails. There's also tarpon feeding on the deck every evening at 9pm.

Casanova (% 949-7633;; 65 North Church St; mains US$17-30; S lunch Mon-Fri, dinner daily) This relatively affordable Italian restaurant overlooking the sea is a great spot for a quality dinner. Reserve a table with a view out on the veranda. The pizzas are good, as are the fresh fish and seafood dishes.

Grand Old House (% 949-9333; South Church St; mains US$20-36; S lunch Mon-Fri, dinner daily) This seriously establishment stunner is probably the island's best-known restaurant, housed in a beautiful white plantation house that, on a delightfully eccentric note, also serves as the honorary Austrian consulate each morning. The menu is traditional Caribbean, including farm-raised turtle steaks and a superb wine list. Reservations and smart dress are recommended.

Brasserie (% 945-1815;; Cricket Sq; mains US$22-40) This excellent place enjoys the patronage of many of the political and business elite in George Town, and while there's a rarified air and not a cruise ship passenger in sight, there's nothing snooty or unwelcoming here. The beautifully attired dining rooms are great for a flash evening out. The international menu is impressive and beautifully realized.

Bacchus (% 949-5757;; Fort St; mains US$27-38; S 10am-1am Mon-Thu, 10am-2am Fri, 11am-midnight Sat) This cozy place is an award winner as much for being a great wine bar as for its sublime food. The sophisticated and interesting menu has something for everyone - there are plenty of vegetarian options as well as a host of more traditional dishes from lobster thermidor to yellowfin tuna steaks.

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