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Flying Fish restaurant Grand Bahama Island

When it comes to the Caribbean, gourmet dining is not necessarily at the forefront of the mind. But visitors to Grand Bahama Island are in for a treat dining at Flying Fish, perhaps the island’s best restaurant, adjacent to Pelican Bay Hotel. In November, the restaurant invited several award-winning chefs from across the Caribbean to showcase their talents at a multi-course gala dinner.

What makes the restaurant particularly unique is that all of the staff have been through some level of culinary school, which elevates the overall experience for diners. They’re also all from the Bahamas, which adds local flair to the restaurant while also supporting the local workforce. Culinary students are also included on the staff and given the opportunity to intern at the restaurant to gain experience.

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Flying Fish top chefs of the Bahamas team

Chef Tim Tibbitts owns the restaurant with his wife, Rebecca, who serves as the expert sommelier. Above, Chef Tibbitts and his wife are wearing the black Flying Fish shirts. Rebecca is the only certified sommelier on the island and the only female sommelier in the Bahamas. She manages the largest restaurant wine list on the island and is constantly adding new labels to the roster. Many diners appreciate that most bottles on the wine list are less than $60.

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Incredible tasting menu at Flying Fish

The special tasting menu was filled with culinary masterpieces featuring signature dishes from all of the visiting chefs (Erica Davis of Graycliff Chocolatier, Angel Betancourt of One & Only Ocean Club and Simeon Hall of Restaurant Management Limited). And what a meal it was:

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Amuse-bouche (crunchy lobster salad) being prepared

Amuse-bouche
An amuse-bouche kicked off the whirlwind dinner with a glass of chilled champagne. The restaurant bottles its own spring and sparkling water and uses glass bottles in an effort to reduce waste.

Homemade breads followed, featuring plantain bread and “Monday” bread, a sweet or savory island classic.

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Morning at the Beach: edible sand and stones, local seafood, seaweed gel, sea purslane, sea lettuce, seawater dashi, and sea foam

The “Morning at the Beach” course featured a variety of seafood paired with seaweed gel and edible sand. The presentation was beautiful and was followed by a warm broth poured over it. All of the restaurant’s seafood is fresh from the market, and nothing is frozen. Chef Tibbitts sources sustainable seafood and farm-raised meats for his menus.

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Dragonfruit and red vodka cured wahoo with crispy coconut créme fraîche, cucumber, green apple “air,” and toasted bread (by Chef Tim Tibbitts)

The cured wahoo fish was served with créme fraîche, cucumber and toasted coconut. The pork belly was served with a French-style cassoulet prepared with a Caribbean twist. It included conch sausage, black-eyed peas, and Chef Tibbitts’ signature conch cracker. Everything on the menu is made from scratch.

Da Egg:  Coconut custard, mango espuma, pineapple fluid gel (by guest chef Angel Ramirez Betancourt)
Da Egg: Coconut custard, mango espuma, pineapple fluid gel (by guest chef Angel Ramirez Betancourt)

Can you imagine how long it took to carefully stuff each of these eggshells (Da Egg) with this savory mousse?

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Southern banana pudding ice cream, salted caramel sauce, and toasted meringue glaze (by guest chef Erika Davis)

To round out the amazing meal, there were numerous dessert courses including a southern banana pudding ice cream with a salted caramel sauce and a pineapple mousse with sea salt streusel.

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Signature artwork in the restaurant

More on Flying Fish and Pelican Bay Hotel
The restaurant itself looks out toward the bay through large windows and is decorated in warm tones with island-style artwork.

If staying at the Pelican Bay hotel, guests can simply walk from the main building to Flying Fish. Sunday evenings are especially popular when Chef Tibbitts trades his apron for a microphone.

He croons for guests on the patio, and the bar menu includes appetizers and light meals like grilled calamari and a colorful charcuterie board served with house-cured pickles. Tim Tibbitts was named one of the Top 25 Chefs in the Caribbean by Caribbean Journal, and his restaurant has received the prestigious Four Diamond rating from AAA (the first on the island to receive the award).

More photos below:

Flying Fish restaurant Grand Bahama Island
Flying Fish restaurant Grand Bahama Island
Incredible tasting menu at Flying Fish
Incredible tasting menu at Flying Fish
Views from neighboring Pelican Bay Hotel
Views from neighboring Pelican Bay Hotel
Amuses bouche (crunchy lobster salad) being prepared
Amuses bouche (crunchy lobster salad) being prepared
Dragonfruit and red vodka cured Wahoo with crispy coconut creme fraiche, cucumber, green apple
Dragonfruit and red vodka cured Wahoo with crispy coconut creme fraiche, cucumber, green apple "air," and toasted bread from Chef Tim Tibbitts
Morning at the Beach: edible sand and stones, local seafood, seaweed gel, sea purslane, sea lettuce, seawater dashi, and sea foam
Morning at the Beach: edible sand and stones, local seafood, seaweed gel, sea purslane, sea lettuce, seawater dashi, and sea foam
Pork & beans: Conch sausage, blackeye peas cassoulet, salted pork belly,topped with Tim Tibbitts’ conch cracker
Pork & beans: Conch sausage, blackeye peas cassoulet, salted pork belly, topped with Tim Tibbitts’ conch cracker
Almost too pretty to eat!
Almost too pretty to eat!
Southern banana pudding ice cream, salted caramel sauce, and toasted meringue glaze by guest chef Erika Davis
Southern banana pudding ice cream, salted caramel sauce, and toasted meringue glaze by guest chef Erika Davis
Da Egg:  Coconut custard, mango espuma, pineapple fluid gel (by guest chef Angel Ramirez Betancourt)
Da Egg: Coconut custard, mango espuma, pineapple fluid gel (by guest chef Angel Ramirez Betancourt)
Charcoal buns and toasted wheat and plantain bread with orange butter
Charcoal buns and toasted wheat and plantain bread with orange butter
Signature artwork in the restaurant
Signature artwork in the restaurant
Dining Room
Dining Room
Pelican Bay Hotel swimming pool
Pelican Bay Hotel swimming pool
Pelican Bay Hotel terrace
Pelican Bay Hotel terrace
Flying Fish top chefs of the Bahamas team
Flying Fish top chefs of the Bahamas team
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