Bajatzu in Maho Bay, St. Maarten (Sint Maarten)
On the Dutch side in Maho Bay.
A Tuesday night.
Reservations recommended...even in slow season...but I would do what ever I can to eat there.
Seated immediately at 7pm only because that is early for St. Maarten. The place was packed by the time I left...but I did notice that they make fast seating a priority. Greeted by a smiling english speaking female host. Server approached immediately. Very well versed in all the offerings. Extremely knowledgeable about the menu and the various nuances of the flavorings. spices, methods, and cuts of beef. Apart from the Capital Grille in Philadelphia, this could possibly be the best steak I ever had. I am a steak guy. A medium rare steak guy....and these folks got it down perfect.
Superb wine list. My choice was a moderately priced Pinot Noir. Is there any other wine to pair with a filet or delmonico? (I am open to other suggestions)
I had the wine chilled a little above room temp. Something I rarely do, but it worked extremely well this night.
Appetizer of escargot. of course drowning in a french butter/evoo pesto. Absolutely out of this world.
The rolls were fresh, right out-of-the-oven HOT, very nice. They had a nice sprinkling of shredded asiago cheese on them. Served with unsalted french butter. Even after the escargot was gone, I kept dipping the rolls in the pesto. Bread and carbs are my downfall..and boy did I fall that night. Good thing I don't do this too often.
The entire dinner was paced perfectly. Nothing was rushed. Nobody was waiting for anything. The system there is working like a machine.
Staff were EXTREMELY attentive. At least three people were part of the dining process. The owner/operator/manager guy (which is always a good sign for flawless service) My water never got down more than an inch before it was refilled. The wine steward kept the glass filled. The owner/manager stopped by often to see how everything was. The server was an absolute gentleman.
Now the entree.
I ordered the Delmonico. Their only marbled steak. Of course on the bone. The flavor was to die for. It was nearly butter like. The steak knife really wasnt neccessary. I could have cut it with the butter knife. The closer I got to the bone, the closer to I got to heaven.
I did NOT choose to have any bearnaisse, peppercorn, or any sauce at all. I wanted to enjoy strictly the flavor of the beef....and it was the right choice. When you order beef like that, you insult it by dipping or adding a sauce to it. Didnt need a thing. My dining partner got the 8 oz filet, and it too, was heavenly.
Served with a baked potato which wasnt an afterthought. Even the skin of the potato was excellent and rubbed in butter prior to baking. No need to say that I covered it in sour cream, french butter, and chives. Had to.
Oh yes, the dinner salad was delightful with a very light and creamy homemade onion dressing. The greens were dark, shredded nicely, with thinly sliced onions and shredded carrots.
I have a friend who is the chief operating officer for a private corp. When he is in St. Maarten, this is where he takes his managers. When he needs to wine and dine anyone, this is his choice. He can go anywhere on this island which is filled with five star, world class dining...and this is always on the top of his list.
Attire is dressy casual. No flip flops or tank tops here please. This is not a Bob Marley/Jimmy Buffet music bar. (not that there's anything wrong with that!) Bermuda shorts, a nice pressed shirt and dressy-ish sandals are fine. It is a classy place for the warm caribbean.
Most men were niceley dressed. The women were all dressed beautifully. It is the one or two nights that you can dress nice.
The bar is beautiful, lit well, and very comfortable.
I give it 4.5 out of five. A near perfect dining experience. The check took a little long to get to the table at the end of the dinner. Fix that and it would be a five out of five. But I do have to say they make seating you and getting your food to you an absolute priority.
Yes...I highly reccomend Bajatzu. Make it a point to get to Bajatzu.
I will go back again next week.
That was a nicely written review. Bajatzu is also on my personal short list, service can sometimes be a bit too "formal" for my taste, but the steaks are awesome. Price / quality wise I think it's at least as good as Rare, to the (to my knowledge) only other place in St. Maarten that offers marbled steak.
I agree that reservations are a must, especially on Fridays and Saturdays. Now if only we could get them to join DineSXM and take reservations online...