[ New Providence ] • The Green Parrot - Harbourfront
The renowned Nassau Harbour is much more than, “historic”. It has indisputably seen its fair share of activity from movie-esque ship battles to sloop racing, years later. The Nassau Harbour has been the hub of everything transhipment between the islands of The Bahamas for many a years and even today, with its Potter’s Cay Dock in the centre, it’s still that same hub.
While you may no longer find any forts on its water front, like the now destroyed Fort Nassau, the harbourfront of the Nassau Harbour has become home to a collection of resorts, shops, docks and restaurants. One in particular, is the Green Parrot – Harbourfront closer to its eastern entrance.
The Green Parrot is one of Nassau’s more popular eateries and is a place where I usually find enjoyable food and was first opened in 2006.
The first Green Parrot was opened at the Hurricane Hole Marina, which is over the bridge on the northern side of the harbour’s shore on Paradise Island. The management saw fit to expand due to its increasing popularity, thus giving rise to the Green Parrot – Harbourfront.
The Green Parrot Harbourfront is on East Bay St. and if you couldn’t figure from its name, it’s right on the harbour. In fact, its view of the historic Nassau Harbour is one thing that it’s renowned for. I mentioned before how much I prefer to eat from places that offer exceptional views, so you’d be able to imagine that a place like the Green Parrot – Harbourfront really appeals to me.
The Green Parrot has a very succinct menu, offering a myriad of meals from eggrolls to burgers and even quesadillas. I visited the restaurant for lunch recently with my mom and while there were a few slight disappointments, I enjoyed my time, as usual. Our server was Tiffany and she was really sweet the entire time.
We started with their Mexican Eggrolls. While the eggrolls themselves didn’t have much flavour, they were served with a salsa and sour cream, which was a really nice addition for them. I ordered the Greek Burger but added bacon, jalapenos and sautéed mushrooms to it, cooked medium rare (because, again, how else should you eat beef?) along with sweet potato fries. While my burger itself was luke-warm, it was cooked as requested and had a nice flavour nonetheless. My mom ordered the Bahamian Lobster Roll which is really just a lobster salad sandwich and she also requested sweet potato fries with her meal.
I don’t typically have dessert with lunch. It’s just a weird thing about me, but we both ordered something for dessert after our meals. I ordered a slice of cheesecake, while my mom got the key lime pie. They were both satisfying. Both were smooth and rich and the cheesecake tasted pretty close to something homemade.
Apart from the good eats, the Green Parrot has a full bar set up and is also a great place for getting a few after a long day or in the middle of the day, if that’s what you’re into.
While most of the place is covered, bear in mind that the entire restaurant is open air.