Dominica’s Desiderata: Delightful Dining in the Capital City of Roseau

Le Cafe Desiderata is centrally located at 8 Old Street (entrance on King George V St.) in Roseau, Dominica. It's found very close to the historic Old Market in the French Quarter of town.

Le Cafe Desiderata (448-6525) is centrally located at 5 Old Street (entrance on King George V St.) in Roseau, Dominica. It’s found very close to the historic Old Market Square.

During the unrelenting oppressive heat wave in Dominica and the rest of the Caribbean in May 2015, I have been fortunate to

The colours and decor in Desiderata invite patrons to sit down, relax and escape the noise and haste of the city while enjoying a delicious meal.

The ambiance in  Le Cafe Desiderata invites patrons to sit down in comfort, relax for a while and escape the noise and haste of the city while enjoying a delicious meal.

escape  some days to the cooler climate of the mountains. But that is not possible everyday, as it is frequently necessary to do business or run errands in Roseau, the main commercial center on the Nature Island. Fortunately, it is no longer necessary to ‘sweat it’  in the sweltering heat for hours in the city without a cool break, thanks to the offerings at  Le Café Desiderata  –  a restorative oasis –  in more than one way!

That’s what I have been doing at least once a week to cope with the extremely hot weather when running around Roseau.  Sometimes, I may start  with breakfast at Desiderata before I hit the streets, and other times, I’ve finished all tasks and go there for a tasty lunch.

The ingredients in the substantial omelettes change every day. Have you tried one with brie? How about artichoke?

The ingredients in the substantial omelettes change every day. Have you tried one with brie? How about artichoke?

If I arrive around 8:30 a.m., I am often the first client, which is perfectly fine with me.  While I wait a short while for a delicious omelette with brie, or a mouth-watering smoked marlin and cream cheese bagel or a perfectly-made- to-my-liking creamy cappuccino, I  get a little writing  or reading done on my laptop or tablet, thanks to wireless in this serene setting. And the comfortable climate-controlled temperature seems to be conducive to creativity! I am usually amazed at the number of words I can churn out before I eat, or when sipping on my coffee or herbal tea afterwards.

The Breakfast menu offers selections for a light meal, or one that will last all day!

The Breakfast menu offers selections for a light meal, or one that will last all day!

Whenever I look at the specials on the board, I am always amazed by the diverse dishes that are offered, and even more surprised to see that they change every day!

I enjoyed this delicately seaoned mahi-mahi with mixed mashed potatoes and tender-crisp vegetables.

I enjoyed this delicately seasoned ginger-sesame mahi-mahi with mixed mashed potatoes and tender-crisp vegetables for lunch.

My friend Nacny enjoyed this delightful goat cheese/beet salad.

My friend Nancy really liked this delightful feta (goat cheese)/beet salad.

Look at all those choices for lunch, at great prices too.

Look at all those choices for lunch, at great prices too.

Lunches are definitely a gastronomic experience, and as a person who does not each much meat, I am always thrilled by the variety of vegetarian and fish offerings.  But I also appreciate that if I want a soup, salad or sandwich/wrap, I can order it off of the regular menu.  As the staff well knows, I love the fish wrap, and the generous salads are filled with goodness! I am not the only one to say that Chef Nickie assembles the best salad in Dominica – the ingredients are varied and the end results are exceptional!

Chef Nickie Esprit, Dominica's Island Chef 2014 is an exceptional culinary talent, and is recognized as such.

Chef Nickie Esprit, Dominica’s Island Chef 2014 and 2015 has an exceptional culinary talent, and is recognized as such.

Chef Nickie Esprit, the mastermind behind these creations, is a young lady with a real talent in the kitchen.  She’s the reigning (2014) Island Chef in Dominica, but I knew she was special long before she was awarded that prestigious title. I have consistently enjoyed her savory concoctions for several years, in fact, from her early days in the food service industry.  It was always evident to me that she had a real knack for making an ordinary plate into something extraordinary.  Call it a gift, but in terms of her cooking, she is a natural!  She is the perfect fit at Le Café Desiderata.DSCF6052

I also enjoy conversation with Dominique, the lovely and knowledgeable wait-staffer.  If I don’t know what I want, she is always ready to make a suggestion.  It amazes me that I am never disappointed with her idea. Then she follows up to ensure that I am

Dominique is a lovely wait-staffer who 'raises the bar' in terms of impeccable service!

Dominique is a lovely wait-staffer who ‘raises the bar’ in terms of impeccable service! She is seen here in the tapas bar section of Desiderata.

satisfied with what she has recommended.

Proprietor Portia Bird-Astaphan has definitely got a

Gwendominica often wears outfits that seem to blend into the serene surroundings at Desiderata. At least, that's what Proprietor Portia says!

Gwendominica often wears outfits that seem to blend into the serene surroundings at Desiderata. At least, that’s what Proprietor Portia says!

good thing going at Le Café Desiderata.  Her vision of creating a true oasis in Roseau, with complete consideration for her clients’ comfort,along with the presentation of a varied, tasteful menu at reasonable prices make Le Café Desiderata a ‘must-go’ when spending time in the city.  And if you’re in a rush and need to get out-of-town, they do take-out orders too!

Would you believe I have only just scratched the surface?  Check Le Café Desiderata’s Facebook page here to learn more – you might also enjoy the tapas bar on Friday nights and Saturday evening dining!  They are closed on Sundays for a well-deserved rest – but you can enjoy their offerings on the six other days of the week.

I can’t wait for my next taste of something extremely special at Le Café Desiderata!

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    Have you eaten at Desiderata’s? Where is your favorite place to eat?

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