We have been coming to St. Martin (SXM) for a couple weeks for over 20 years, and Sol e Luna has been in SXM for nearly 15. But this was our first time at Sol e Luna and we made up for it by eating here frequently during our current visit. I guess we just got too lazy to venture over to Mont Vernon, preferring to eat in the center of Grand Case.
The food at Sol e Luna is just wonderful, there's not a bad choice on the menu. Our favorites were the Spring Rolls of Monkfish appetizer and the shrimp for a main course. The Fillet of Beef Rossini was one of the finest pieces of meet we have ever had. A very nicely sized portion, perfectly cooked to our order, tender as can be and a wonderful, rich flavor. And they did not skimp on the foie gras (fresh morels was an alternative). All the ingredients are fresh and of the finest quality. But no matter what we ate on our several visits, it was perfectly prepared and beautifully served. Portions are not skimpy.
Our favorite dessert was the Creme Brulee Napoleon. The pastry was crisp and flaky and meticulously made.
The setting for dining is wonderful, romantic and so soothing. Like dining in an old Caribbean colonial villa.
The service was perfect. Terry and Sophie were so gracious and friendly and while attentive they never hovered. The perfect balance of attentiveness and reserve. I noted some criticism in previous reviews, it could be a cultural issue. If you are looking for a wait staff to fawn all over you, or tell you their name and become your best friend, then perhaps eating in Simpson Bay may be more to your liking. My only comment was that a young assistant asked us if we were "still working on our dinner". We HATE that term "working"; we may be still eating, or enjoying our dinner, but never working on it. An Americanism that needs to be eliminated, even in the US.
I do have two comments in the interest of full disclosure: The first is about the price, yes it is expensive. But, in Euros, no more expensive than any of the other fine restaurants in "downtown" Grand Case. The issue is that unlike the restaurants in GC, Sol e Luna does not give a discount for payment in cash (US dollars). The other issue is that they did not give the price of the "specials of the evening". While we did not mind at all paying the price for the Fillet Rossini , given the quality and quantity and the use of foie gras, it was 10 Euros more then the most expensive item on the menu. Had I known the price in advance, I still would have ordered it. I regret nothing.
The wine list is quite extensive and good and one can find a bottle in one's price range. The list does focus on Bordeaux.
I so look forward to next March when we sit at our favorite table (not disclosing) at this wonderful restaurant. I could make Sol e Luna my home away from home at dinner.
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