I'll admit, we didn't research restaurants prior to traveling to St. Martin (or even once we got there). Instead, we wandered into Grand Case, particularly to a little strip nicknamed "Restaurant Alley" and stumbled upon this little gem. The ambiance drew us in first, and the TripAdvisor sticker on the front door didn't hurt ;) We were a bit hesitant only because we were traveling with our 6 month old and the restaurant certainly looked nicer than those that surrounded it, but since we arrived on the earlier side, we decided to give it a shot. Good thing we did, because many tables had been reserved and as the night went on, it began to fill up. The host was quite welcoming, and from where we were seated, we had a clear view of the kitchen. I watched as the chef tasted every dish that was sent out. I started with a Caribbean coconut rum lobster bisque - it was exquisite and arrived literally flaming! Talk about presentation. For my main dish, I had a pasta with peas and a mint pesto. Also delicious, though the serving was a bit too much for me and in retrospect I wish I had ordered another seafood dish. My wife had the half lobster, served stylishly in an open tin can with seasonal vegetables (cinnamon carrots, pumpkin, red cabbage). Also exquisite. We were tempted to order dessert, but were too full by the end of our meal. The owner was ever present. Prices were what you'd expect them to be in such a highly rated restaurant serving those types of dishes (around 30 euros for the half lobster, which was the most expensive dish on the menu). Finally, we were treated to a "tiramisu" after dinner liqueur shot, on the house. Yummy. L'Estaminet is a solid choice and you won't be disappointed.
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