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“The perfect Creole experience: historical hotel, restaurant & menu”
Review of Le Josephine

Le Josephine
Ranked #47 of 134 Restaurants in Fort-de-France
Price range: US$22 - US$35
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Description: The restaurant "Le Joséphine" is located downtown Fort-de-France at the 2nd floor of the Hotel L'Impératrice. Our Chef, Catherine Naud cooks an authentic Martinican cuisine, simple, traditionnal and tasteful. Every thursday at lunch, we propose our famous creole buffet where you can have the taste of Martinique (reservation recommended).
Houston, Texas
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 116 helpful votes
“The perfect Creole experience: historical hotel, restaurant & menu”
Reviewed 9 August 2014

I have been visiting Martinique for over 35 years and lived here for 6; I have never dined at this restaurant before because I couldn't imagine it would meet my requirements. I was wrong.

The Imperatrice is ideally located in the city center, where you can enjoy the historical and cultural sites, and economic and administrative activities.The Imperatrice Hotel is in the heart of Fort-de-France, facing the historical "Savanne" (City Square), once the center of Martinique. It exudes Creole elegance and charm with its orginal art deco style tile, local mahogany woodwork and rooms with a distant view of the bay.

The recently renovated building and its Creole furniture and art collection have been preserved to give the hotel the warm and intimate atmosphere of a family institution where you will feel like home. The only time I had the same feeling of time traveling was when I visited the historic Raffles Hotel in Angkor Wat. Your mind dances thinking of the historic political, business and cultural events that were celebrated there - not to mention the notorious trysts that made the hot days bearable.

Our dinner on this second story restaurant was perfect! NO one was in the restaurant on a Friday night. There appeared to be 2 people working: the Hostess / Waitress and the Chef. We loved the Acras (cod fish beignets dipped in a hot sauce) which were perfectly executed; the Foie gras poellé (fresh sautéed duck liver - awesome); and Z'Habitants Soup (shrimp callaloo).

The main dishes were Filet Rossini (tenderloin with a slice of fresh sautéed duck liver - a little too small); very nice Gambas au Rhum (Prawns sauteed in rum) and a delicious Vivaneau à la Creole (whole fried Creole Red Snapper - nice and spicy).

The service was appropriate for Martinique: slow, steady and pleasant. (Do NOT be in a hurry for anything in Martinique). The cooking was exquisitely done by long time Chef Madame No --- call to make sure she is cooking the night you visit. (She is off on Tuesday and Wednesday) Call ahead.

This is as good as it gets in Martinique. Handsome, clean, wonderful A/C and "Old School" Franco-Creole cooking. I'm going back as soon as I can!

  • Visited August 2014
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Riga, Latvia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Not easy to find Le Josephine”
Reviewed 23 May 2013

Even You know the address,You need to look carefully,cause the restaurant locates at the 2 floor of hotel L'Imperatrice and no indications about ...After long walking around the city centre,where were hot and crowdy we found oasis of freshness and hospitableness.Elegant atmosphere of 18 century saloons.Nice menu,original presentation,good taste and plenty quantity of food give us relaxing pause.Waitress was very friendly and helpfull.Restaurant seems good for business meetings and special occasions.

  • Visited May 2013
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Horribly disappointing”
Reviewed 29 March 2012

We had wonderful expectations of this restaurant. The restaurant itself and atmosphere is quite lovely. Quiet and elegant.

The waiter was unfriendly from the moment we walked in. If he spoke any English, he did not admit to it until it was time to pay the check. He will most unhelpful about our questions about the menu. Of all four dinners, there was only one which was good - a grilled fish. The entrecote dinner was awful - the meat substandard. The calamari dinner was mediocre. The fourth dinner consisted of a variety of fried fish - very bland - would have been ok as an appetizer..

  • Visited March 2012
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