Located in a refurbished traditional Caribbean home, The Dove Restaurant (67 Main St., 284/494-0313, 6:30–10 p.m. Tues.–Sun., $18–55) is an oasis of urban-style sophistication in the heart of Road Town. Its upscale clientele come for specialties like the honey and sesame Peking duck and peppercorn-crusted tuna. The Dove has one of the best wine lists on the island.
Road Town’s newest fine restaurant is 15 Abbott Lane (Russell Hill, 284/494-2482, Tues.–Sat. from 6 p.m., $18–45), a sophisticated eatery adjacent to the Bougainvillea Clinic, on a hill overlooking Road Harbour. Fifteen Abbott Lane, named for its address, offers well-executed gourmet dishes, an extensive wine list, and a pleasant, upscale ambience. Chef Neil Tomes says his mission is to introduce modern cuisine to Tortola. Come early for a cocktail in the old-world-style lounge decorated with plants and an authentic Chinese bar. Also open for lunch during the week in high season ($12–20). To find 15 Abbott Lane on foot, take the narrow stairs next to Samarkand Jewelry on Main Street and keep climbing up and up until you reach the restaurant.
Tucked behind a row of palm trees next-door to Pusser’s, Le Cabanon (Waterfront Dr., 284/494-8660, Tues.–Sat. 11:30 a.m.–3 p.m. and 6:30–11 p.m., $12–45) serves bistro-style French food. This is the real deal. At lunch paninis and salads are popular, while at dinnertime the menu features escargots, foie gras, red mullet, and duck herd’s pie, among others. Reservations are preferred for dinner. The bar is a popular hotspot for the island’s expats.
© Susanna Henighan Potter from Moon Virgin Islands, 4th edition