It seems only fitting that our first noontime meal in St. Maartens in February was at Le Tastevin in Grand Case as our first meal in Paris in September was at Le Tastevin there. In neither case was the restaurant our actual destination; each just happened to be on the way to where we were going. Each was a testament to serendipity and lack of advance planning.
As would be expected Le Tastevin was located on the beach with a beautiful view of the shore and mountains. It is open to the breezes and our server, Julian, was attentive, familiar with the menu and accurate in his recommendations. At the end of the trip, one of our travel companions whose go to meal was a Caesar salad pronounced it the best of all eaten during our time on the Island. The duck ravioli was good but not outstanding. Barb had the escargot in puff pastry. In our collective view, the best rendition of this is had at Richard’s German Restaurant in Brunswick, Maine, and Le Tastevin’s take on this did not exceed that standard but it was well above average.
I had the scallops served over a mango salsa with endive and asparagus. The scallops were seared in a perfect manner that I can never achieve no matter how hard I try. Presentation was outstanding and there was no disappointment in texture or taste.
Bring friends. Sit drink in the wine and the view. Have scallop perfection.
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