After eating mostly at beach bars on the Dutch side of St Maarten we ventured to the french side for lunch at Le Tastevin in Grand Case which is said to be the dining capital of the Caribbean. As noted in the title it was like going from driving a Chevrolet to a Cadillac. Service was truly French and leisurely but attentive and there were real cloth napkins. While we were dining we could see on of the staff ironing the napkins in the back room. The restaurant is right on the beach and there is not a bad seat in the house. It has been around since the 1980's for good reason and has a very good reputation.
The crab and shrimp stuffed cannelloni was superb with just the right amount of moisture and seasoning. My spouse had mahi mahi done to perfection and I had a red snapper fillet which was very tender with, again the right amount of seasoning. When in a French restaurant one must try desert and the coconut pannicotti and chocolate dome were both excellent. The pre dinner bread was slight disappointment for a French restaurant but this was the first time in 4 days we had even been offered bread in a restaurant.
One word of warning is that tips cannot be added to the bill if paying by credit card and can only be paid by "cash on the side" to quote the owner.
Overall a very good experience and worth the 45 minute drive from the Dutch side of the island.