When backpacking in The Bahamas I heard of a tasty local speciality called Conch. Conch is pronounced Konk and it’s seafood that comes from sea snails. Having previously tried land snails in Yangshuo, China in 2013, 9 years later it was time to finally try Conch – the meat taken from Sea Snails and the best place to do this is in The Bahamas.
Conch is indigenous to the Bahamas and is typically served in fritter, salad, and soup forms. It is also eaten in Turks and Caicos and Jamaica. Jamaicans eat conch in stews, curries and other dishes. Restaurants all over the Caribbean Islands serve Conch. In the Dominican Republic, Grenada, and Haiti, Conch is commonly eaten in curries or in a spicy soup.
I had to try it and it’s widely available and easy to find in most places in The Bahamas. It also made me think of The Conch Republic, a breakaway wacaday country that is claimed by the USA.
On New Year’s Eve 2022 I kind of did a mini pub crawl in Nassau in New Providence in The Bahamas. I started that pub crawl actually at the airport on arrival as there I grabbed my first ever local Bahamian beer to consume in the taxi I shared with Antoine to my hostel, Humes House. The pub crawl took me across two islands and all the way to Cabbage Beach and Ocean Club in The Bahamas where James Bond hung out in Casino Royale.
My mid evening I was back on New Providence and I headed to Sharkeez Bar in Nassau for a feed and a tipple. I expected them to have Conch and I was right. They had a huge Conch dish, plus Conch salad, however I liked the idea of the battered Conch snack with a spiced sauce, so I ordered the Conch Fritters! It was definitely a great choice and in Sharkees, I also enjoyed two of their cocktails – a blue one and a red one.
Here are the details of Sharkeez Bar in Nassau in New Providence in The Bahamas:
Here is a video of my Conch Fritters in Sharkeez Bar in Nassau, New Providence in The Bahamas: