It’s time to wrap up my wining and dining report on St. Martin and I want to leave you with some of the very best restaurants in Grand Case, and then some. As I’ve pointed out, Grand Case is home to a very Francophile restaurant culture. I’ve also mentioned that many of the restaurants are blessed with wonderful waterfront locations that contribute not only to their appeal, but also to the entire dining experience.
While a restaurant on the water can rest on it’s laurels, those with the less appealing road front locations, or worse, must rely on their food to survive and thrive. Two of the best restaurants in Grand Case are located roadside, and continue to thrive precisely because the food is fantastic. Either of these restaurants, Spiga for Italian food and Bistro Caraibes for French, would be a grand success just about anywhere. Both offer world class dining experiences that should not be missed.
Shopping in Grand CaseWhile I mentioned the Match supermarket in Marigot last week, I don't want to fail to mention the small market, and superb little bakery, located in Grand Case. Just down the street from the Bistro Caraibes you can find the modest market, great for stocking up on necessities between trips to Marigot, and more importantly the French Bakery. Once you've bought your cheese and meats you'll need a fine baguette to complete your meal. This is the place, and don't overlook the pain au chocolate!
The Two Finest Restaurants in Grand CaseBistro Caraibes
Bistro Caraibes is located pretty much smack in the middle of Grand Case. It’s recently renovated dining room is cool, and modern serving as a fine backdrop for a smartly executed meal that combines the best of the French and Island traditions. Read the full review.
Spiga, the lone Italian, fine dining outpost in Grand Case, is a world-class restaurant that has never failed to impress me. If it was here in New York City I might be there every week, but as it is, I certainly look forward to the handful of times I can dine there each year.
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Bistro Caraibes is located pretty much smack in the middle of Grand Case. It’s recently renovated dining room is cool and modern and serves as a fine backdrop for a smartly executed meal that combines the best of the French and Island traditions. Spiny tailed lobster is an island specialty and a focal point of the façade of Bistro Caraibes, where you can find the live lobsters on display, and choose your own for dinner.
Before you get to the entrée though the appetizers at Bistro Caraibes are worthy or attention. The house-smoked salmon is a wonderful mouthful of silky, smoky, salty salmon that is as good as any I’ve ever had. The eggplant “Bavarois” with crispy crab was superb as well, contrasting flavors and textures to produce a whole that truly was more than the sum of its parts.
I had a special of Sea Bass for dinner but my table also ordered a brilliant lobster, grilled and served with garlic butter that was phenomenal, expertly cooked, tender and sweet and beyond a doubt the best lobster I have ever tasted in the Caribbean. Now, with all due respect some of the credit must go to the lobster itself, and since I can’t be sure exactly how much it looks like I’ll need to follow up with a future visit to Bistro Caraibes to test the grilled lobster for consistency!