I went with my boyfriend during low season and we had the place to ourselves aside from an elderly Frenchman beavering away on his laptop.
The well appointed dining area and the terrace that abuts the beach is probably the most beautiful and dreamy setting in Grand Case and maybe all of St. Martin--and yes, I've been to La Samanna. It's romantic and yet hip; Caribbean rustic and yet modern. It's clear a lot of thought went into this lay out.
Our waiter, Fabrice (from Toulouse), was a delight.
Now, the food...
We had the morels ravioli with the truffle emulsion for an appetizer. It was very refined and amaze-balls. My boyfriend wanted to order a second one but realized he would have been a total embarrassment. For the main, we had the Pot au Fer; a traditional beef stew. Not exactly a choice that suits the Caribbean but very French and also well done. Especially liked the fat and tender leeks and the delicious bone marrow.
Didn't have the intestinal fortitude for dessert--too full. We will go back to sample the Baba rhum (which every restaurant on the island has) as well as the Mango Miroir.
A few additional comments:
--this is a newish addition to Grand Case and has been only been here for a year. I don't think it is all that well known.
--the wine list is not extensive but it runs the gamut in price. You can get an inexpensive bottle from a traditional French terroir or a first growth grand cru for 4000 euros.
--can't say enough about the atmosphere. If you aren't adventurous enough to eat here, you really should come here for cocktails or champy with your honey or your friends.
--it is expensive but every place on the beach in Grand Case has prices like this.
--if it's busy, ask for Fabrice.
We will go back. And likely on this same trip.
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