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A Pleasant Surprise

Mahogany House Part 3:  The Wine

This post is part of a series on Mahogany House restaurant in The Bahamas. See "Embracing His Game" (about the chef) and "Showstoppers" (about the food).

Pushing past the main double doors, my husband Alan and I were pleasantly surprised to be greeted with a showcase of wines. I hesitated for a moment but the cashier confirmed that this was the way to Mahogany House.

The octagonal-shaped building, which serves as the restaurant’s main entry point, is an adorable wine store called the Market. Its tall shelves display a varied collection of wine and beer including labels not available anywhere else on the island. In speaking to the restaurant's chef, Dan Quirk, we learned that the building's shape was patterned after the Nassau Public Library and originated as a mini grocery.

The main entry to Mahogany House restaurant is a wine store.
Inside the Market, the wine store at Mahogany House
The Nut Bar offers items that easily pair with wine or beer.

The Market carries the restaurant's signature wine label, Bonney’s Revenge -- named after the female pirate, Anne Bonney. The limited edition wines are bottled in Australia, especially for Mahogany House.

Bottles of Bonney's Revenge Rose

"Let me show you one more thing," Chef Dan added before ending our enjoyable and informative mini tour. We followed him to a discreet stairway that semi-spiralled to a wine cellar. The racks along the walls encircled a large round wooden table for 10. Chef Dan told us that this special den doubles as a private function room where you can arrange something as lavish as a multi-course dinner for an intimate group or something as simple as a down-home pizza party for two

The wine cellar doubles as a private function room.

p.s. I went back a few weeks later and was lucky enough to snag the last bottle of Bonney's Revenge Cabernet Sauvignon. It was an excellent pairing to my dinner that night.

Mahogany House is one of three dining options at The Island House, located in Mahogany Hill on Western Road (found on the west side of New Providence Island, The Bahamas.) Just outside the exclusive Lyford Cay Club, it is about a 10-minute drive from Lynden Pindling International Airport.

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