The little village of Grand Case on the French side of St Martin is the home to more than a half dozen fine restaurants. We have tried three or four and they have all been great but Bistrot Caraibe is even better. Ambience galore - a small romantic place with doors open to the main street of quaint Grand Case. We sat in the front near the lobster pool and on impulse I ordered the $29 per pound lobster thermidor. Since the pool is also open to the sidewalk, I walked outside with the wonderfully friendly waiter to pick my crustacean. He donned gloves and picked up the lobster and weighed him on a suspended scale, all to the interest of the passersby. I asked for a small one because I am cheap however the "small" one weighed in at 2 pounds. Oh darn, I thought, I will now be forced to enjoy two pounds of lobster thermidor from the best French restaurant in Grand Case. My frugal wife ordered the fisherman's platter in lobster sauce at $28. While we waited, we watched the entertaining parade of people outside. We later learned that these folks were there for the weekly street festival held every tuesday night in the winter. We both had the french onion soup and it was good although maybe a tiny bit salty. The lobster thermidor was so good it almost made me giggle with pleasure. My wife said the fisherman's platter was the best she has ever had. The service was nearly perfect. We skipped desert so we could sample the sweets at the street festival but that was probably a mistake because the deserts at Bistrot Caraibes looked very good and I bet they were delicious. We can't claim to be big time foodies but Bistrot Caraibes is on the short list of the best restaurants we have ever experienced. Reservations are a must and if you choose to go during a street festival night, plan to be in Grand Case before 4 PM or you will have difficulty parking.
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