Cap Maison, a beachside five-star resort located on the northwest shore of Saint Lucia, launched its newest restaurant addition, The Naked Fisherman Beach Bar & Grill. Set on the resort's secluded sandy beach, the "Smuggler’s Cove," the restaurant is one of the few beachside eateries on the mountainous and rocky island.
The Naked Fisherman was created by Cap Maison's Welsh-born executive chef Craig Jones, who has been at the helm of the resort's Cliff at Cap restaurant since it opened in 2008. In the past year, chef Jones has also created the island's first pop-up dinners, set to take place at interesting locations such as an 18th-century fort on Pigeon Island, and the majestic ship Brig Unicorn, which was used for the movie Pirates of the Caribbean.
Chef Jones’ newest restaurant creation, The Naked Fisherman, is set to be a place "where sand in the toes and a rum punch in hand are the way to go," according to a recent press release. Designed as a modern take on the classic Caribbean beach shack, diners at the restaurant can enjoy listening to crashing surf and Caribbean music in a casual dining environment. Though part of the Cap Maison resort, the 36-seat Naked Fisherman is open to the public as well. And as for the name, here comes the interesting part: When Saint Lucian fishermen come in to the shore along Cap Maison in the early morning, many of them prefer to fish in the traditional manner — stark naked — as they dive for fish.
To celebrate this Saint Lucian tradition, chef Jones has designed a grill-centric menu with an emphasis on fresh seafood barbecue, served both for lunch and dinner. Seafood highlights include a grilled island catch-of-the day with pumpkin and coconut curry, and grilled spiny lobster tail, while carnivores can enjoy sticky pulled baby back ribs or a grilled Wagyu burger. To pair with the beachside meal is a big selection of drinks, including rums, wines, cocktails, and beers, and of course, the signature (and potent) rum punch.