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Shoreside Review

The Watermark  –  Under the same ownership as the Dove and its adjacent bar the Barfly, Watermark is fine dining on Tortola at its best. Fine detailing has brought fresh vitality into this waterside restaurant at Frenchman's Cay. Catering to all, the Watermark boasts some of the finest cuisine and wines on Tortola and oozes precision.

Scott Hart is relaxed and focused on the evening’s reservations as he sips coffee on one of the outside chairs by the pool. Warm trades blow with a view of the channel whilst we talk over the Mediterranean-based menu. The ambiance seems other worldly. His chef, Todd Howard trained under Gordon Ramsey at the Connaught, and under Heston Blumenthal at the Fat Duck in London. Here there is, however, little shouting. We both smile; its Tortola – how could there be?

 

The menu changes weekly and all protein is imported with fine seafood flown in daily from Boston. Sous Vide techniques savor all preparations and keep the flavor in all of the foods on site. Though the menu changes weekly, it stays within its strong Mediterranean feel and good groundings of meat, fish and game. Intense and delicate preparation gives way to a myriad of flavors and is served proudly. You may teeter your fork over the plate as it arrives, as it becomes a bittersweet experience to devour the decadence. With a team of eighteen strong, the fusion is focused and directed, perfected.

As for drinks, again the preparation is everything. Each cocktail is prepared with freshly squeezed ingredients and the house boasts a wide selection of international rums.  This is the old way of making cocktails and the sweet taste is a labor of love! New age wines are brought in from California, Spain, Italy and France.  Scott pays close attention to offering the perfect wine pairings.

 

Ambiance is set with a strong stone mason finish throughout the property and the steps up to the restaurant give a feeling of walking on stage, the scene to be played out by local residents or the inquisitive visitor. This is the treat you deserve or the treat for your loved ones.

Watermark is open Tuesday through Sunday, six till ten and serves Sunday brunch by the pool or in the restaurant. As part of Frenchmans Resort, guests can enjoy the beach and the beautifully landscaped gardens and spend the evening or day, relaxing in paradise.  The resort and restaurant are also open for functions, including beach weddings and Christmas parties.  

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 Menu Samples

STARTERS

Beets
Roasted and marinated purple and golden beet root salad, goat cheese mousse raspberry candied walnut vinaigrette                 

Hamachi
Tograshi seared carpaccio, sous vide marinated melon, vegetable confetti jalapeno and yuzu gelee, sake soy caramel                 

Sweetbreads; Foie Gras
Roast sweetbreads, tempered terrine of foie gras, caramelized pear chocolate brioche croutons, port lime reduction

etc. . .

MAINS

Ravioli; Truffle
Truffled leek and potato ravioli, truffle baby arugula salad, truffle beurre blanc Parmigiano Reggiano    

Lamb
Slow roasted rack of lamb, braised leg of lamb, coffee gnocchi grilled asparagus, oven dried tomatoes, dark chocolate jus            
        
Beef
Grilled Black Angus rib eye, fondant fingerling potatoes, fricassee of celery root and portabella mushroom, short rib jus, red wine pearls    

etc. . .

DESSERT

Ice
Tasting of ice creams and sorbets

Chocolate Three Ways
Chocolate mousse, coffee pot de crème, white chocolate brownie, spiced Brazil nuts

Honey Mascarpone Canelloni
Citrus panacotta, lemon vodka sauce

etc. . .

 

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