This is a review of one appetizer only as this was part of a rather whirlwind night of dining at 3 different restaurants: L'Escapade (appetizer), Le Tastevin (appetizer again, entrees), and L'Auberge Gourmande (dessert and cognac)
We visited L'Escapade after a very nice young Frech woman (who worked at a neat shop on Grand Case main street) recommended it for the best foie gras she has had outside her native France. After telling her I had never had foie gras she said L'Escapade had the best foie gras from the Toulouse region of France..so I I opted to somehow to fit it into our evening despite already having dinner reservations at Le Tastevin at 8 pm. We arrived at L'Escapade at about 6:30 and were promptly seated. The restaurant is small with one whole wall open to the beach (actually set above the beach so all you can see are crashing waves) and is painted in rich red tones all rather nice and romantic. Since I was there just for the foie gras I informed our waitor of this and it wa no problem. I ordered the Trilogy of Foie Gras cooked 3 different ways and in 3 different flavours with several types of homemade toasted bread, my favourite was the seared foie gras with a light chocolate sauce. I must admit all 3 of the foie gras were a little strange in texture and tast to someone who had never had foie gras but I enjoyed it and thought it was very good. Was it the best foie gras in St. Martin outside of Toulouse, France? I don't know as I have nothing to compare it to but the experience was fun. The staff were nice but the wait was incredible even for the Caribbean...we did not leave until 8:30...2 hours for one appetizer is really pushing it , thankfully the gracious owner at Le Tastevin let us keep our reserved table with a great view even though we were 30 minutes late.
Note: Although there is no dress code I would advise dressing nice as most patrons were. Leave your bathing suits, bikinis, old shorts, T-shirts, and flip flops at the hotel and dress up a bit and you will fit in better at this nice establishment.
Visited June 2013
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