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“For a fabulous evening!”
Review of L'Effet Mer

L'Effet Mer
Ranked #21 of 68 Restaurants in Grand Case
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $40 - $80
Cuisines: Diner, French, International
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Good for: Special occasions, Romantic
Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Dinner, Lunch, Reservations
Description: The Restaurant L' Effet Mer in the heart of the village of Grand-Case, called "the gastronomic capital of the Caribbean" is the new place to be to discover a sophisticated and refined cuisine.
Reviewed June 1, 2012

My boyfriend and I had dinner at L'Effet Mer the other night. The experience was simply wonderful. Not only is the view stunning, but the food was well presented and delicious and the waitress was absolutely lovely. I have been several times on St Martin Island and tried a couple of other restaurants in Grand Case but this one simply blew my mind. I highly recommend the gnocchi with sundried tomatoes. My boyfriend had what they call a tuna "trilogy". The fish was fresh and the presentation worthy of a great restaurant. All the staff put their pride in doing well and giving us a great time. They even had mosquito spray available (very needed around here). Portions are quite big (American size) so you will have plenty for your money. For dessert we shared a strawberry/black berries gazpacho that was very refreshing with a nice mix of flavors.
French at its best!

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Thank FrenchieOnTheRoad
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Reviewed May 8, 2012

Best breakfast we had all week! Oceanview and friendly service!

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Reviewed April 25, 2012

the manager of our resort highly recommended dining here. outstanding!

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Reviewed April 2, 2012

L’Effet Mer is on the south side of the main street, so gets sea views. Early diners would get to see the sunset, but it was dark by the time we arrived at 8. We had a table facing the sea; which was quite romantic. The tables are close together, as everywhere in Grand Case, but the room was not full on the Monday night we visited. The food was extremely well prepared and service was friendly. Euros are converted at the market rate at lunch and dinner, but at breakfast they are exchanged at par. Breakfast and lunch customers are also entitled to use the lounge chairs on the beach in front of the restaurant. We ate 5 evening meals at restaurants in Grand Case and, on the basis of the food we ate, rated L’Estaminet, Effet Mer and Auberge Gourmande the best, Bistrot Caraïbes second and La Villa third.
I started with a trio of raw marlin: tartare mixed with hijiki and tarama, which arrived theatrically under a bell glass filled with smoke, mousse in endive leaves, and “rillette” layered with raw fish slices. These were all interesting and tasty concoctions with well-balanced flavours. The same was true of my wife’s trio of foie-gras: pan seared with fig sorbet, pâté with mango jam, and tartare with truffle dressing. As a main we shared an “old wife” (a.k.a. “French sea bass”) a local freshly-caught fish. This was cooked just à point and had a subtle flavour. For dessert (unnecessary, but compelling) we shared a crème brûlée trio: berry ice cream, plain crème brûlée, & crème brûlée bended with berry ice cream. These were all very nice & suitably small. The food came to just under 100 € and the wine around 30 €.

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Thank Eardstapa
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Reviewed April 1, 2012

charming little place where the food is one of the best in grand case
looking foward to go back we realy recomend this place to everybody .

Thank lisa c
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