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“Exceeded our Expectations”
Review of Black Ginger

Black Ginger
Ranked #2 of 71 Restaurants in Gustavia
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Thai
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Dining options: After-hours, Reservations
Description: Located right in the heart of Gustavia, Black Ginger serves a 100% Thai cuisine, authentic and refined, concocted by a trio of Thai chef. Its unique interior courtyard opens on the starry sky, matched only by its contemporary design combining a palette of red and black colors, max domes spreading a soft light,and minimalist furniture, including Charles Eames chairs.
Reviewed 27 March 2014

Black Ginger was selected for us by our travel agent and we were a little apprehensive about eating Thai on a visit to a renown French chic island. Because we are distinclty American and dont know better we had a table at 7:30 and were the 2nd group seated that night. We thought "oh no this is not a happening spot, no one is here"....the decor was really charming and the wait staff young and really very nice and engaging (did not experience that everywhere on the island). Slowly but surely the place filled up and by the time we left it was standing room only and a perfect little bustling vibe was going on. The restaurant is not large but is split on two levels.

THE FOOD - we had many great meals on this trip but everyone in our group agreed that this was tied for first in terms of quality and flavor and we are food snobs. For starters we had the beef salad which was fantastic...I did not have the experience the last reviewer did. The rest of the group got a simple vegetable salad that had some mango and it was good as well. For our entrees I had the pepper mahi-mahi. A really well cooked piece of fish sitting on top of a very dark thai pepper sauce (not too spicy...I'd give it a 3 out of 10 on the spicy scale) The flavor was very very very bold, if you want a mild or simple fish this is not the dish. The others around the table had the thai beef ("Flying Tiger") from the menu and it was prepared with a marinade and served with a mint relish or preperation of some sort. FANTASTIC (we voted that the best dish on the table). The last person ordered a shrimp dish which looked great but I didnt get to taste it. We ordered some coconut jasmine rice and some sauteed vegetables for the table both really good. The rice was very light with just a hint of coconut which went really well with the fish.

So if you are looking for a different spot with a different menu from the "norm" on the island and food with bold explosive flavor in a quaint atmosphere. This is a good place to give a try.

For a nice evening try going to Shell Beach and having cocktails while the sun sets and then a nice short stroll back to Black Ginger for dinner followed by a stroll around the docks, boat watching or window shopping. A nice evening.

Thank Ediddyontheroad
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Reviewed 18 March 2014

Attractive, chic restaurant. Seated warmly and quickly at front banquette table. Nice menu. Ordered 2 entrees. (These are appetizers in french) The Thai beef salad contained 6 small, hard pieces of beef with meager vegetables, strange flavor, an incendiary hotness, and a few seafood raviolis which were excellent. Concerned at what I noted to be the rather small portions of menu items I consulted the server and asked for substantial portions of the main course. She only had I thought, chicken Massaman. OK. While waiting for the next course, the maître d' or owner approached our table, slid into the seat very close to me and said there was a table mix up, he had a large party to seat and would we mind moving our table. Annoyed at his rude request, teeny portions, sky high prices, $40 for 2 little plates, I told him our thoughts and said we would leave. He charged off, rushed the food, a cup full of pad thai, a curry casserole with 6-7 skinny pieces of chicken, and huge chunks of potato, etc. Anxious to escape, we ate quickly. Our bill for half a meal and no wine was $90. What would you think?

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2  Thank jsl30
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Reviewed 17 March 2014 via mobile

Our intention was to dine somewhere else close by but it was closed. We happened upon Black Ginger and the atmosphere was dramatic through layout, lighting and open roof. The meal was quite good - from the tartare fish appetizers to the spicy beef and veggies to the shrimp ravioli to the chicken curry with a strong peanut base. The place was packed within 10 minutes of our arrival and the wait staff did a good job of serving many masters. The Maître was attentive, sincere and pitched in to help staff. We left satisfied that Black Ginger is a solid choice. Of course every day is different and for us we hit it when they were firing in all cylinders

Thank travelalottoliveitup
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Reviewed 8 March 2014

Its a wonderful place, I have been many times but the service varies, not always the best. You need to spend a lot to leave with a full stomach but I have just learnt to accept that it's an expensive place

Thank micos1993
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Reviewed 18 February 2014

The food was delicious and creative; however the service was quite slow. It was busy and I don't think the staff was prepared to handle the amount of business. The appetizers came out right away but, then we had to wait an hour for our main course while many other customers were served that ordered after us. The waitress was barely apologetic for the delay. We decided to give them another try by ordering dessert thinking how long could it take for banana fritters with ice cream. Big mistake, we waited another half hour. It's too bad. I would love to try the food again but, because of the poor service, I probably won't go back.

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1  Thank Denise C
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