We had a cruise ship day in Phillipsburg and having enjoyed more of that marketing center than we needed on a previous visit, we took a shuttle to Marigot to look around and have lunch. A few of the artisan street vendors at the main harbor offered unique and interesting items, but by far the best part of our day was lunch. Having read the TA reviews, we walked right to it out toward the end of the shops along the north edge of Marina Royale.
We were early for lunch so we had our choice of tables and chose one closet to the water. Lovely setting; excellent service; most enjoyable experience. I had the fish special, and while it wasn't off the charts wonderful it was simple dish very well prepared, and at 10 euros including a salad represented terrific value. My wife said the same about her carbonara. And their wine special, a chilled bottle of just fine French rosé at 14 euros on a very warm day (maybe they are all warm on St. Martin) seemed a steal.
As a bonus the solo diner at the next table (20 inches away in good French style) turned out to be the long time theater critic from NY Post, on the Island for a week. Very pleasant conversationalist and apparently a regular at this place when he's in St. Martin. It is easy to understand why a person would return often. Looking at prices elsewhere in town, I'm guessing one could spend a lot more in a less attractive setting for a meal that would not be more enjoyable.
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