It’s clear from the moment you step into Pink Octopus at Palm Cay that this place is anything but average. With spectacular ocean views, powdery sand beaches and a chic bar just a stone’s throw from the main restaurant, it’s easy to see why people flock here.
The restaurant recently relocated from West Bay Street next to Sun Fun to the eastern side of the island, bringing scores of its customers with it and making new ones in the process.
The first time I had even heard of Pink Octopus was a year ago, when my friend couldn’t stop boasting about the atmosphere and more importantly, the incredible food. I kept promising to go, but never made it, even though it was in my neck of the woods.
Well, I finally got the chance to eat at this incredible restaurant and now I see what all the fuss was about.
Atmosphere Is Everything
The restaurant is located inside the gated Palm Cay development, a residential island hideaway on the eastern tip of New Providence.
Pink Octopus is housed in what reminded me of a converted manor. The two-story building was very island chic and incredibly spacious (you won’t hear anyone’s conversation unless they’re being really loud). I also loved getting glimpses of the glorious hints of pink in the decor. You could tell that the owners put a lot of care into every single detail.
The entire restaurant is inviting, airy and serene. One of the things I quickly noticed was that there was no air condition inside the restaurant, at least while I was there. That’s probably because the ocean breeze provides cooling.
Don’t Knock It ‘Til You Try It
I’d be the first to admit that I am not adventurous when it comes to food. But, there were so many enticing items on the menu that piqued my interest that I had to try a few new things. One of those was the goat cheese and grape pizza.
Now, anyone who knows me, knows that I detest goat cheese. I hate the way it smells and I hate the way it tastes. It’s like feta cheese’s wicked, no good sister who never bathes. So, you will never catch me eating it. Or so I thought. I had to be swayed to try it, but once I did, I couldn’t believe how delicious it was. The chef married the flavours in such a way that I did not taste the funkiness of the goat cheese and the grapes had an awesome sweet profile that balanced the flavours and ultimately elevated the taste.
I also tried the Carnivore Pizza with all the meat fixings. It would make any carnivore proud. I love that the pizzas were baked in an outside oven because it gave the dough a nice crunchy texture.
I can’t believe I am saying this, but even though the meat pizza was everything I expected it to be, it was the goat cheese and grape pizza that stood out.
Another one of my favourite foods was an item that’s not even on the menu. This sweet potato hash is expected to go on the brunch menu soon. I wish it were available now. It featured sweet potatoes, Idaho potatoes, pork belly and vegetables.
This was the first time ever that I had pork belly. My husband loves this stuff, but I typically steer clear. I told you, I’m not adventurous. But, it was so perfect. It was tender, salty, just how I like it, with a nice sear.
When I return to Pink Octopus, I will be trying to pizza with the pork belly on it.
Finally, I had a pizza (yeah, I was in the pizza mood), that featured avocados, baked cauliflower, okra and some greens. The star of this pizza was the cauliflower, which had a nice caramelised char that I couldn’t get enough of. Next time, I will ask for more cauliflower on my pizza.
Raising The Bar
One thing I love about the outdoor bar is that I got to sip some pretty dreamy cocktails with the ocean breeze blowing.
Apparently, not all of Pink Octopus’ signature drinks transferred over during the move, like the Mr. Pink. But, they were replaced with some really nice cocktails.
I’m not much of a drinker, so when I do, I tend to go for the fruitier drinks.
I really enjoyed the food at Pink Octopus and can’t wait to go back and try new things. I can’t even believe that I’m saying this, considering I am so averse to new foods. But, this restaurant has made a believer out of me.
Pink Octopus is open 365 days a year. For large parties, be sure to call and make reservations.
This Bahamian Gyal