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walker
Link to this postPosted: Mon Feb 23, 2004 5:37 pm    Post subject: Oh yes! Brandywine Bay

If you have read any of my journals, you know that Brandywine Bay is our favorite restaurant in the islands. Davide and Cele make every meal there a special occasion. Definitely on our list of must-go places.
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Herve
Link to this postPosted: Mon Feb 23, 2004 5:45 pm    

Although I agree, there are a number of other great reataurants not to be missed in the islands.
If not for the food but for t he service and the ambience.

Giorgio's as previously mentioned .
Donovan's reef on Scrub where the twins will be your hosts.
Neptune's treasure on Anegada
Taboo on JVD as John the new cook is gettinexcellent reviews.
Jolly Roger in Soper's hole..the decor and the view are not at great but the food is excellent
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Guest
Link to this postPosted: Wed Feb 25, 2004 12:44 am    

I just want to know if the Waypoints listed on the map on the Brandywine site have been personally verified by Walker?? Wink

-- Danny
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walker
Link to this postPosted: Wed Feb 25, 2004 7:36 am    

Who do think DREW that map???? Exclamation Wink
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Guest
Link to this postPosted: Thu May 13, 2004 1:29 pm    

I read that it is a good idea to make reservations a week or so in advance. We will be in the BVI May 30-June 12. I know I want to go to Brandywine, but we have no itinerary, so is it possible to make reservations in the morning or afternoon of the day you will be there? Confused Thanks
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Davide
Link to this postPosted: Fri May 14, 2004 5:46 am    

Julie, just give me a call in the morning of the day you plan to come at Brandywine and it will be fine. Keep in mind that we close on Sundays. If you plane to come by boat in the anchorage give me a call and I will give you instruction on how to use the mooring in Brandywine Bay.
Looking foward to meet you
Davide
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Guest
Link to this postPosted: Fri May 14, 2004 8:47 am    

Davide-Thank you we will call in the am. Looking forward to eating in your highly recommended establishment. 14 days and counting . . . Julie
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STEWART
Link to this postPosted: Wed Jan 11, 2006 11:55 am    

Darn, the only day we were going to be able to go
to BW was on the 29th. A sunday. Just noticed on your
website that your closed then. Was so looking forward to
finally going there. Well, maybe on the next trip.
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walker
Link to this postPosted: Sun Jan 15, 2006 12:25 pm    

You know, you CAN spend a night on a mooring in Brandywine Bay -- a nice and different (and uncrowded) place
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STEWART
Link to this postPosted: Mon Jan 16, 2006 1:55 pm    

Walker wrote:
You know, you CAN spend a night on a mooring in Brandywine Bay -- a nice and different (and uncrowded) place


Thats true. I just have to convince the others to forget about making the last "group" night at Peter Island as they have been so accustomed to doing for so long. I would have rather experienced Brandywine with just Trish and myself under more intimate circumstances. After a whole week with 3 other couples onboard, you want a little special time in a special setting. But things change of course. I'll figure out one way or another to get to BW.
A stage of mutiny may be in order! Twisted Evil HAHAHAAA!
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Guest
Link to this postPosted: Fri Jan 20, 2006 4:03 pm    

I'm planning a charter for the end of Feb. / early March...and I was trying to decide where to spend the last night before having to return the boat to Sunsail....this sounds like a good option. Been to the BVIs many times...even got married on Tortola at the Sugar Mill but have not had the pleasure of eating at the Brandwine
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walker
Link to this postPosted: Fri Jan 20, 2006 8:21 pm    

Tricia: If you make your last night at Brandywine, I promise you that my brother Davide will make it a night to remember!
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Guest
Link to this postPosted: Sat Jan 21, 2006 5:10 am    Post subject:  Brandywine

Febuary will be our 25th trip to the BVI from Manhattan Beach, CA since 1981. We often sail for a week before limin' for another two but one thing I would NEVER do is to bring a pair of long pants to the BVI. For years this precluded us from going to Brandywine and Peter Island for dinner. Some years ago Malcolm talked us into going to Brandywine for dinner with me wearing my shorts. Davide only relented because of who I was dining with for the evening. Now the point: dinner is SO FANTASTIC at Brandywine that I now always pack one lone pair of long pants just to dine at Brandywine. A show not to be missed.
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Guest
Link to this postPosted: Tue Jan 24, 2006 8:58 am    

Hmmm...we may be more presentable on the two nights we have before we set sail...it's always a challenge getting in and out of the dingy in a skirt or dress Smile (And you guys think you have it tough with pants)
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Guest
Link to this postPosted: Mon Jul 02, 2007 9:30 am    

We are going to be there in 4 weeks. Is this reccommended with 13 and 15 year old boys? We have heard so many great reviews, but will have the kids with us.
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Guest
Link to this postPosted: Mon Jul 02, 2007 2:31 pm    

Brandywine is normally closed August through end of October.
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robertsnole
Link to this postPosted: Sat Apr 19, 2008 10:49 am    

We just got back from the charter yesterday. We have never stopped at Bradywine on previous visits and we now know the error of our ways. The dinner on our last night was the best we ever had. I just wish we could have tried more of the menu. Many thanks to Davide who made it a highlight of the trip! The anchorage was great in that we had it to ourselves most of the afternoon with one of the planes from the upcoming BVI airshow practicing directly above the boat as entertainment.

Jim
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walker
Link to this postPosted: Sat Apr 19, 2008 1:52 pm    

You were lucky to catch Davide in the restaurant. He just returned from spending the week with us in Houston for my 60th birthday.
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Guest
Link to this postPosted: Tue Apr 22, 2008 3:28 pm    Post subject:  Pants?

Hmm that is a serious consideration, While on the one hand a highly reccommended resturant is not to be missed on the other hand bringing pants and not only do I have to bring pants but the rest of our crew do as well. that is about a cubic foot of wasted space (we do not check baggage except for one cooler) well I suppose it can go in the cooler with the other dispensible items.
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walker
Link to this postPosted: Tue Apr 22, 2008 3:44 pm    

Long pants no longer required at Brandywine Bay!!! That just began this season.
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Guest
Link to this postPosted: Tue Apr 22, 2008 3:47 pm    Post subject:  7 for dinner

Ok then 7 for dinner, not sure what night, but entered it to the GPS and will find a way. We do not have an itinerary, we feel that is counter intuitive to islanding.
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walker
Link to this postPosted: Tue Apr 22, 2008 6:12 pm    Post subject:  Re: 7 for dinner

SailNaked wrote:
We do not have an itinerary, we feel that is counter intuitive to islanding.

That is the way to do it! Itinerary = Stress
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Dugg
Link to this postPosted: Wed May 14, 2008 11:09 am    Post subject:  RE: Dress Code

Walker wrote:
Long pants no longer required at Brandywine Bay!!! That just began this season.


Hi

Glad to hear it - I just told the other 1/2. As per a query on the "other" board, where we wondered why no-one was there on Sunday, we won't make that mistake again. See you there sometime between May 27th and 31st - We'll be sure to give you a call first.

Peace
Dugg and Chris

PS: Remember Melina Mercouri and "Never on a Sunday"?
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Auspicious
Link to this postPosted: Fri May 30, 2008 6:55 am    

Is there anything special about picking up a restaurant mooring in Brandywine Bay? How about Half Moon Bay?

Walker: You might pass along to Davide that 'dining' is misspelled 'dinning' in the Anchoring Out section of his Getting Here page.
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walker
Link to this postPosted: Fri May 30, 2008 7:16 am    

No mooring or anchoring in Half Moon Bay. If you pick up a mooring in Brandywine Bay, be sure to check it as they are not maintained. Currently, there are only two moorings there.

Brandywine Bay has a good bottom, though, and anchoring there is easy.

I just fixed the misspelling - thanks for pointing that one out.
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Auspicious
Link to this postPosted: Fri May 30, 2008 7:44 am    

Walker wrote:
I just fixed the misspelling - thanks for pointing that one out.


My pleasure.

Two moorings? Your chart shows four (not to be picky). Incidentally the picture in Google Earth (vintage unknown) doesn't show any moorings at all.

Why not anchor in Half-Moon Bay? I'm planning a visit in my own boat and working on visiting places off the beaten path ...

sail fast, dave
S/V Auspicious
daveman on TTOL
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walker
Link to this postPosted: Fri May 30, 2008 8:44 am    

Like I said, the moorings are not maintained. There were four of them when the chart was made. There now only two. The other two have been removed. As for Google Earth - the latest images of Brandywine Bay are from 2006, and I can clearly see the four mooring balls that were there at that time.

Half Moon Bay. OK - if it is your own boat, go ahead and anchor there. Just remember that I told you that you shouldn't, and enjoy yourself while trying to find a way up to the restaurant from there.
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Auspicious
Link to this postPosted: Fri May 30, 2008 8:47 am    

Walker wrote:
Half Moon Bay. OK - if it is your own boat, go ahead and anchor there. Just remember that I told you that you shouldn't, and enjoy yourself while trying to find a way up to the restaurant from there.


I don't mean to be contrary, just curious on what the risks are. The chart makes it look like a good if small place. Shore access isn't an issue -- I'm collecting places to hang out for a day or two without noisy neighbors.

sail fast, dave
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walker
Link to this postPosted: Fri May 30, 2008 9:01 am    

The problem with Half Moon Bay is that it is very tight, and - assuming that you can even get in there, you feel like you are anchoring in the someone's yard. The shore property there is privately owned, and the owner's house is right there.

Also - the entrance is poorly protected and the part of the bay that is not the property owner's boat slip is rolly.
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Auspicious
Link to this postPosted: Fri May 30, 2008 9:10 am    

Thanks -- that helps.

I don't have a specific time frame yet, but I'm planning on exploring well off the beaten path when I get back.

sail fast, dave
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Dugg
Link to this postPosted: Fri Jun 06, 2008 9:49 am    Post subject:  RE: Long Pants, etc.

Hi

Just got back from a land-based trip to VG, Tortola and St. John. We did visit Brandywine on May 29th (a Thursday) after calling up from CGB to make a reservation. Just thought I’d let you know that the young lady who took the reservation said that long pants were de rigueur, but that acceptably long shorts would do if we forgot to bring the long ones.

We went into the ‘waiting area’ with its couches and pillows and ordered a very interesting drink (called at ‘Tortola Mojito’) that is kind of an upside down hybrid of a true Mojito and a ‘Dark and Stormy’ - made with anejo-type rum and ginger beer, with basil, lemon grass and brown sugar. Very tasty!

As always, we had to check the ingredients to make sure no flours were used (the Celiac curse), and Davide told us that their base stock does indeed include flour but offered us the fruit added to the stock in the sauce used on the duck instead. Unbelievably good duck! What a beautiful place and especially fine service. Not to mention that Davide’s a great guy.

Peace
Dugg and Chris
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Delta Dave
Link to this postPosted: Thu Jul 31, 2008 4:38 pm    Post subject:  What a great place!

We anchored in Brandywine Bay, took the dink to the dock, and walked up the hill for dinner on July 10th. Wow, what a great place. We especially liked getting to know Davide and Cele. We also decided to try and spend the last night of our trip there, so back we went, by taxi this time, on July 22nd. Same thing, always a special place with two of the greatest people running it.

Sorry but Brandywine Bay is closed for hurricane season. It will be back open in 3 months.

If you get within 100 miles of Brandywine Bay and don’t go, you’ve missed a great experience.

This place gets 5+ stars from me!
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Guest
Link to this postPosted: Wed Aug 13, 2008 12:09 pm    

Love the food at Brandywine. Hate the drink prices. Nearly $7.00 for a Heineken and $13 for a Tanqueray and Tonic! Even by island standards that's a bit extreme!
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Guest
Link to this postPosted: Fri Aug 15, 2008 8:55 am    

GrumpyOldMan wrote:
...$13 for a Tanqueray and Tonic!

With all the hype, Brandywine has been on my list of places to try, but with this info I've just taken it off the list. I think that restaurants charging exorbitant prices for drinks, which they get away with only because people generally don't ask the price in advance, is just as bad as, if not worse than, the "tax" scam. Do they really want or expect all their customers to ask the prices of drinks when ordering?
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Delta Dave
Link to this postPosted: Fri Aug 15, 2008 9:30 am    Post subject:  Drink prices

When I was there in July, all the prices were on the drink menu. There were NO surprises. I knew exactly what I was spending and I could have ordered tap water.

Don't look for an excuse not to go. You'll miss a great experience.
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MrBombastic
Link to this postPosted: Fri Aug 15, 2008 10:04 am    

GrumpyOldMan wrote:
Love the food at Brandywine. Hate the drink prices. Nearly $7.00 for a Heineken and $13 for a Tanqueray and Tonic! Even by island standards that's a bit extreme!


I tend to agree about the drinks, a bit over the top - definitely NYC prices (even higher). The food is good but you don't want to hang around sipping cocktails.....
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Guest
Link to this postPosted: Fri Aug 15, 2008 12:39 pm    

OK, Brandywine's back on the list. Confused

Thanks for the good advice, Delta Dave and MrBombastic.
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HillsideView
Link to this postPosted: Sat Aug 16, 2008 5:21 pm    

[/quote]
I tend to agree about the drinks, a bit over the top - definitely NYC prices (even higher). The food is good but you don't want to hang around sipping cocktails.....[/quote]

Brandywine never struck me as a place to sit around and get soused. Too busy enjoying the food!

And actually, those prices aren't out of line for my area (North NJ). Glad I gave up "serious" drinking years ago...save a ton of $$$
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MrBombastic
Link to this postPosted: Mon Aug 18, 2008 8:12 am    

HillsideView wrote:

I tend to agree about the drinks, a bit over the top - definitely NYC prices (even higher). The food is good but you don't want to hang around sipping cocktails.....[/quote]

Brandywine never struck me as a place to sit around and get soused. Too busy enjoying the food!

And actually, those prices aren't out of line for my area (North NJ). Glad I gave up "serious" drinking years ago...save a ton of $$$[/quote]

Hmmm.....sipping = soused, you must have been a "serious" drinker. Definitely don't get "soused" in any restaurant (or bar for that matter). drinking
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robertsnole
Link to this postPosted: Thu May 14, 2009 2:47 pm    

If you see Pork Belly appetizer on the menu board, step out of your box and try it. Holly smokes is that some good stuff!
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Delta Dave
Link to this postPosted: Mon Dec 06, 2010 5:10 pm    Post subject: Oooh Davide and Cele are turning over the reins of Brandwine Bay

Brandywine Bay is my favorite restaurant in the islands or anywhere else for that matter. Davide and Cele are turning over the reins to someone else. Say it isn't so. Walker, you as Davide's brother, may know detail of any new endevor. Can you or will you let us in on the info?
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walker
Link to this postPosted: Mon Dec 06, 2010 7:06 pm    

It is so.

See http://bvinews.com/bvi/brandywine-bay-restaurant-introduces-relais-et-chateaux-executive-chef/

Pretty much tells the tale. Davide is concentrating on new endeavors.
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Davide
Link to this postPosted: Sun Mar 25, 2012 7:36 am    

The relais et chateaux executive chef is gone and so has their patners......... there is a new couple who took over Brandywine Bay and I have been at their pre-opening party and they doing a great job.
It is hard to see changes to a place that I have spend the last 23 years of my life, but when those changes are for the better it is a joy. So I wish them a lots of luck and success has I can see that they have the right energies to take on the Brandywine challenges.

Davide
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claire.giulini
Link to this postPosted: Fri Jun 22, 2012 3:33 pm    

It's an excellent restaurant with a view to match.
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Herve
Link to this postPosted: Thu Dec 13, 2012 10:31 am    

Just made reservations for Sunday night...can't wait to check it out.
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walker
Link to this postPosted: Thu Dec 13, 2012 10:52 am    

Can't wait to hear what you think of it. You knew the old one very well.
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Herve
Link to this postPosted: Thu Dec 13, 2012 11:11 am    

Yeap ...I just stumbled upon a pic of the 6 of us posing on the patio...memories...memories
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walker
Link to this postPosted: Thu Dec 13, 2012 9:32 pm    

Grappa...grappa...
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Herve
Link to this postPosted: Fri Dec 14, 2012 1:03 pm    

You think ???

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