Dinner on Friday night, November 1, was very much worth the wait for a table. Raphael, head waiter, graciously served us a chilled bottle of water as we were introduced to him and then helped in the selection of a great, "spicy" red wine for drinking during our wait for a table. Conversation was animated and lively amongst ourselves and with others also waiting. The high tables along one wall, shared by guests sitting on stools, was reminiscent of the French concept of table d'hôte, and the intimacy of this small space brought to mind memorable nights in Parisian Left Bank cafes, stumbled upon unexpectedly. Conventional tables, close by each other along the other wall, allowed for exchanges among guests about what they were eating . . . as well as general exuberance fueled by discovery of this unique and very special place (designed by a St. Barths architect, dining in the space brings to mind the simple, friendly, unpretentious island of 30 years ago). The straightforward menu choices were perfectly prepared and savored. Finally, let me add that Sebastien, the owner (I believe), chatted with us after dinner . . . confirming for us the unmistakable grace and "style" in presentation, quality, and hospitality that we found throughout the evening -- earmarks that will draw many repeat diners. The ambiance, design, food, staff, and service combined to create an evening that will be happily remembered for a very long time.
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