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.
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