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“Best of the best in Grand Case”
Review of L'Estaminet - CLOSED

L'Estaminet
Price range: $40 - $75
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Good for: Business meetings, Romantic, Special occasions
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Reservations
Description: L'ESTAMINET...A French ,innovative cuisine ,combining spices of the word and amazing flavors...And frienddly atmosphere.....
Reviewed June 21, 2013

For the second time in as many years my wife and I celebrated our wedding anniversary at L'Estaminet while vacationing in St. Martin FWI. In our view this is the best of the best in Grand Case, and well worth a visit. We like everything about this restaurant - the menu, food presentation, wine selection, but especially the intimate personal service from the owners and staff. Give it a try ... you won't be disappointed. It's also not the most expensive restaurant on the main street.

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Thank Tony N
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Reviewed June 19, 2013

My husband and I both had the filets and it was amazing. Probably one of our favorite meals during our vacation. The restaurant is right on the beach and has a beautiful view of the sunset.

1  Thank EmilyF655
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Reviewed June 15, 2013

This is always one of the places I look forward to visiting.

With one of the owners in the Dining Room, the service is consistently informed and attentive.

The other owner is the chef and is one of the best and most creative on the island.

Flavors take the main stage at L'Estaminet. Kind of like High Def for food, every fresh ingredient listed in the menu description can be distinctly tasted. There are lots of interesting combinations including cocoa, truffles, cardamom, tonka spices, etc.

Presentations are just as creative.

Scallops stuffed with foie gras in truffle oil are amazing. Pigeon (yes, pigeon) is rare to find on a menu and is outstanding. I frequently avoid beef on an island because it rarely wows me, but theirs is really tasty and perfectly cooked.

Desserts are creative as well, including "cigars," complete with edible "ashes."

This is a "must" restaurant not only on a street with great choices, but on the entire island of St Martin.

1  Thank Docmaarten
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Reviewed June 13, 2013

On our trip to Grand Case in May (2nd time), we decided to try l'Estaminet based on Trip Advisor's reviews. It was a little farther to walk to but worth it. The decor is more modern and gives you a hint of the innovation. We had the turbot and sea bass entrees and shared them. Very good. The flaming creme brulee and tiramisu after dinner drinks were the Pièce de résistance. Definitely would go back.

1  Thank DenisePatrishkoff
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Reviewed June 5, 2013 via mobile

Estaminet is truly a relaxing contemporary version of French gourmet dining. They have a nice selection of reasonably priced wines by the glass and Carole is excellent at providing the right selection to accompany the food. We shared the salmon & tabbouleh appetizer which was delicious. The Chilean Seabass with chorizo on a bed of red pepper risotto was one of the best fish entrees ever & cooked to moist perfection. The sea scallop special was equally divine. The house special chocolate dessert is fantastic. The service was quietly attentive but not overbearing thus water and wine glasses were always filled almost without notice. We have come to sxm for 23 years & last year was our first dining experience at L'Estaminet and it is now a must on our dining itinerary!

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3  Thank sherf
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