Our first (and last*) trip to St. Barth had us unknowingly located in a villa just aside of Flamands Beach, in an area somewhere between sketchy and overgrown. The saving grace for our location, however, was the fact that La Langouste was just down the road. Not only was it most enjoyable once for dinner, it was perhaps even more so twice.
Embedded in the unassuming Hotel Baie des Anges overlooking the water, La Langouste has it figured out. On an island of gustatory overdrive, it keeps things simple; where menu prices in other similarly good restaurants can have you on cardiac medication, it aims for reasonable; and where service elsewhere can be stuffy, it serves with a healthy side of friendly. Good for La Langouste, and good for us. And then there's the food.
As a result of two evenings dining there, we can "highly recommend" the escargot; the Dover Sole (had it twice); and the Tagliatelle with local lobster and shrimp. Just behind them at "very good" would be the Caribbean fish soup, the cod fritters, and the salads. But holding its own, in the category of "OMG," was the apple tart dessert (see photo). Yes, it was that good. Well done, La Langouste.
* Make sure you fully understand St. Barth before you go. And villas. And Flamands. We didn't. We should have.
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