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Palm Cay restaurant set for mid-Dec. opening

Development to convert clubhouse to restaurant
  • Peter Rounce and chef Lise Russell are creating Billfish Grill. PALM CAY

Published: Oct 08, 2013

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Two local restauranteurs have teamed up to open a new restaurant at Palm Cay, a new development in eastern New Providence.

The smell of the sea fusing with wood-fire grilled Mahi-Mahi, Mediterranean and Bahamian flavors permeating from the kitchen and spectacular ocean views just footsteps from the surf will all provide a sensational culinary experience at Palm Cay in the coming weeks.

Celebrated chef Lise Russell and veteran restaurateur Peter Rounce are teaming up to add Billfish Grill to the island’s diverse restaurant scene by mid-December and with the ocean on one side and a 194-slip marina on the other; the stately tropical styled eatery’s ambiance and menu are competing to be the main attraction.

In a release issued on behalf of Palm Cay, Russell said: “Our goal is to combine the natural beauty of Palm Cay with fusion cuisine, so the overall culinary experience is as much about the atmosphere as it is about the food.

“My cuisine isn’t typical, so it’s hard to put a label on it. Billfish Grill will feature Bahamian flavors in a non-traditional Bahamian way, pairing sweet and savory mixes and the menu will constantly evolve with the seasons to ensure we’re getting the freshest of what is available in each season.”

Tapas-type appetizers like “Smoke-n-Sweet” (dates stuffed with goat cheese, oranges and almonds wrapped in bacon) and “Black-n-Blue” (baguettes topped with homemade blue cheese spread, beef tenderloin and caramelized mushrooms, onions and tomatoes) are served to share with the table.

A wood-fire oven will be installed to prepare a combination of pizzas, burgers and high-end dishes with the highest quality of all natural meats.

As the name suggests, seafood will be a main feature with a unique “Catch-n-Cook” offering so fisherman or guests can bring in their fresh catch and have the chef prepare the dish for them.

Guava crème brûlée and unique dessert pizzas are just a few of the sweets that will be in rotation on the menu. A boutique wine selection will also change seasonally to pair with the menu. Non-residents of Palm Cay are welcome to make reservations when the booking system opens later this year. Billfish Grill will also offer full-service catering and on-site event coordination.

Prior to completion of the conversion from clubhouse to restaurant, Palm Cay will offer happy hours with dinner on Friday nights and lunches on Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Reservations are requested for both casual events because of limits on numbers.

With more than 300 single-family home sites, seafront townhomes, newly introduced one- and two-story condos and the island's largest small to mid-sized marina, the secure, beachfront tropical style development is focusing on building a community. Plans call for a complete build-out by 2017.

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