One of the things that I have always valued in life, was the opportunity to step out of my house at anytime and on any day, grab a hearty meal and head back home, counting my blessings (and certainly not my calories). Since coming back on the Nature Isle, I have been looking for spots where I could simply go out with friends and have a nice light dinner with talk, chatter and laughter, or perhaps just some drinks after work. And so, I finally decided to try (back) Escape Bar’n’Grill. The spot has been in Dominica for a while now, but I had only been there once since they opened a few years ago:)
🌟🌟🌟🌟 4/5. And here are 6 Reasons why Escape Bar’n’Grill is a must when you visit Dominica (and 5 meal options you should try if you go there):
Things I love:
#1: Conveniently located in the heart of the city: most restaurants in the city are within a walking distance, and walking around can be a relaxing experience if you’re a fan of evening strolls while your cheeks are gently been slapped with the evening breeze. More, the street on which Escape is located is well lit, which is an important factor when it comes to safety.
#2: Food comes on time: literally: anyone who has read my food/restaurant reviews knows that this is a deal/breaker or maker for me. Whenever I go out to eat, I would love to have my food within the first 30-35 mns, otherwise hunger disappears and frustration sets in. So for a food spot to really make it to the list, this criteria has to be fulfilled. And Escape did!
#3: The food is yummy
When it comes to food, I am not picky, but I am hard to please. I know this might sound weird, but this is actually something I am low-key proud of. Amazing culinary experiences are one of the things that I enjoy when I travel, and I just don’t compromise on that. And for a spot like Escape, I was pretty pleased with their food, everytime I went there, and regardless of the menu item I picked. Check out my top selections at the end of this article:)
#4: Super Affordable Prices
Though I have spent more there, budget meals that I have had at Escape have never costed me more than $15 USD, to be frank (and this included my meal and a drink by the way. This is just to say that even if you’re not super loaded, you can still get a great meal that would definitely make you happy. Cheaper meal options include Burgers and Alfredo Pasta meals.
#5: Cocktails are to Die for
In the mood for fancy drinks with co-workers or your special person after work? Escape is the spot.
#6: Free wifi! “Free wifi” sounds like heaven for all, tourists and locals alike! And it’s even more important now especially since after Hurricane Maria, a lot of places still do not have access to light or internet. At least, if you dine at Escape, you won’t have to wait to get home to update your Instagram story! (By the way, are we friends yet? Add me on the Gram! @travelwithclem).
Things that Could be Improved:
#1: There’s not enough space: frankly, this is something that I believe they should probably work on. Come to think of it, this place can legit accommodate a maximum of 30 people (comfortably seated), or 36 if you are Ok squeezing just a bit. Because it’s really small, you need to get there early especially if you want to dine on weeknights and weekend nights. Afternoons are pretty Ok, you have better odds of finding a seat.
#2: I would love to “pay by card” someday: come on, this is the 21st century, and people (especially when visiting from overseas), seldom work with cash in hands. It would be great to be able to pay for your meal by card, and especially if you use a credit card that gives you travel rewards for any purchase you make! More, no one wants to
#3: More Options on the Menu, please! if you follow my recommendation and try out Escape Bar’n’Grill next time you are visiting Dominica, then I have no doubt that you’ll want to go back there again. And again. And again. And if you live on the Nature Isle, it won’t be long before you exhaust all their menu options. That being said, I think changing the menu every now and then could actually help to spice things up and just give regulars (or soon to be regulars) like me something else to look forward to!
My Top Picks at Escape!
- Escape Specialty Burger
- Chicken Alfredo Pasta
- Escape Grilled Fish
- Grilled Chicken Breast with Rice and Mashed Potatoes
- Grilled Fish (Based on availability)
What are the things that are the most important to you when you go to a restaurant? Feel free to drop a comment below!
🍤“One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well.” 🍝
― Virginia Woolf,