A NEW fine dining restaurant, 13˚/59˚, has opened in Barbados’ brightest new resort, Port Ferdinand Marina and Luxury Residences, from UNNA Luxury Resorts, on the north-west coast of the island.
The marina-side restaurant, which is named after the longitude and latitude of Barbados, has a beautiful setting overlooking the turquoise waters of the marina, and is already receiving excellent reviews on Trip Advisor for its impressive menus and first-class service and ambiance.
13˚/59˚is run by Executive Head Chef Andrew Turner, formerly of Michelin starred restaurant, Chapter One, in Dublin. Andrew was trained in London under Marco Pierre White and later ran his own fine dining restaurant in the Sydney Opera House before going on to head Michelin star restaurants in Ireland. Andrew‘s menus use the natural ingredients of the four corners of Barbados and its surrounding ocean, in contemporary and innovative style, backed by an exceptional wine list. UNNA’s motto is ‘Luxury with Soul’, and Andrew and Executive Sous Chef Roz Allen have embraced this in creating dishes that that are as beautiful to look at as they are to eat. Patrons may choose from the Short Menu of five courses, or the Long Menu featuring a ten-course extravaganza of tasting dishes. A vegetable tasting menu option is also available. A new Sunday brunch menu, accompanied by live jazz, is also proving popular.
The interior of 13˚/59˚ is a lesson in refined luxury and understated sophistication, decorated in a muted neutral palette with accents of polished wood, akin to a club lounge on a luxury yacht. Panels of gleaming, finely polished wood are inlaid in the walls, while the floors feature Casablanca Hones Limestone tiles. The open kitchen and bar area are faced with a beautiful feature wall of ornamental granite and coral stone render. Dining alcoves, nestled within great curved glass windows, offer seating in a climate-controlled environment without sacrificing on the sea views. Alternatively, patrons may choose to reserve an outdoor dockside table, just feet from the water.
Commenting on the launch of 13˚/59˚, Alistair Brown, sales and marketing director for UNNA, told Essential Journeys: ‘Our ethos in opening 13˚/59˚ is to deliver a restaurant of international standard, combining the beautiful ingredients that Barbados has to offer with modern cookery methods, and we are delighted to have a chef of Andy’s calibre to help us devise our menu of constantly evolving tasting dishes, with an imaginative and interesting style.”
“I am relishing the challenge of establishing a gold standard fine dining restaurant which offers something really different and enticing for visitors to Barbados and for the local population,” said Andrew Turner. “I have been impressed by the range and quality of local Barbadian produce available, which has more than matched my desire to source as many ingredients locally as possible. We are evolving our menu to reflect the season’s freshest and finest ingredients, so, for example, recently a big hit with guests has been Golden Crab, which is delivered to us within hours of being caught just off the coast here.”
13˚/59˚ is open to both Port Ferdinand residents and non residents, and includes a private dining room for up to 16 people. It is open Tuesday to Saturday from 6pm to 10pm and Sundays from 11:30am to 3:30pm. Reservations are required.
In addition to 13˚/59˚, Port Ferdinand Marina and Luxury Residences offer a range of unique dining experiences. On the pool island in the centre of the marina there is the Quarterdeck bar and pizzeria offering light lunches, snacks and cocktails. There is also The Captain’s Table dining area for children, with a menu specially designed to suit younger taste buds. Port Ferdinand has also opened the Shipshack beach bar, a charming, Bajan-style rum shop, providing drinks and snacks.
For guests who like to dine in their own homes, there is the Relish dockside gourmet store and deli, offering morning coffee, fresh fruit, seafood, fine wines, cheeses, deli meats, patés and a selection of ready meals. Relish is run by a team from the celebrated Relish Epicuria deli from Lime Grove shopping mall. Port Ferdinand’s concierge team can also arrange for a private chef to create a special meal for guests in their own homes and can also cater for dining at sea for guests who bring, or hire, their own yacht.
- Port Ferdinand is the latest resort development from luxury resort brand UNNA and is an exclusive collection of 46 luxury homes for purchase or rental, each with its own yacht berth, combined with rich amenities and legendary Bajan service in a unique marina setting. Port Ferdinand luxury homes range from 2,500 square feet for a two bedroom marina view residence, to 6,100 square feet for a four bedroom ocean and marina view penthouse. Luxury home rentals at Port Ferdinand start at US$950 per night. Bookings can be made online by visiting www.portferdinand.com
- Guests staying at Port Ferdinand can also take advantage of facilities including a beach front Gazebo bar and grill, at sister UNNA resort, Saint Peter’s Bay Luxury Resort and Residences (www.stpetersbaybarbados.com), just six minutes away by road or sea. This can be accessed using the free UNNA water taxi.