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Dec 17, 2008 07:35 AM

Two weeks of eating in St. Martin

We tried four restaurants that were new to us, and several we have been to previously. These rating are on a scale of 1=terrible, 10=great. We were here 11/30/08 to 12/13/08.

Uncle Harrys--on the road near the airport, in the boatyard. This is a boat? pier? that serves food. I did feel some slight motion of something moving. We had grilled shrimp and grilled carribean lobster. The lobster was about an 8, the shrimp about a 7. People near us had steaks, they looked ok, but bland.

Skipjack--in Simpson Bay. Ended up going there twice. My mahi was about a 7, tuna about a 7, cod in cheese sauce about an 8.

The Hide-away--in LaVista resort in Simpson Bay. Service was mixed here. They forgot my oinion soup, that made the main courses uneven. Mahi--6, Snapper--6.

Halsey's--in Simpson Bay. Great service. Grouper--10, mixed filling ravioli--8, chicken--7.5, tuna---7.5

La Gondola--Cupecoy Beach. Sort of upscale Italian food, next to the casino. All types of attaire here. Veal Parmesan--8, Four Cheese ravioli--8, Osso Bucco--8, Fish--8.5. Excellent service.

Temptation--Cupecoy Beach. We have been here numerous times, it is still very good.
Asian Duck, very sweet-8, Scallops--9, grilled veal chop--10, short ribs, a little salty--8.
Very good service.

Tropicana--Marigot Harbor. We have been here several times before. Great service.
Pork special--9.5, Red Snapper --10, Lobster Thermodore 10

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  1. Continuing on, lastly we went to Mario's Bistro, in Sandy Ground. Service was great. Appetizers of mussles were excellent, the special salad of portobello mushroom was a little bland. Duck =10, Lamb Chop and Sheppard Pie=10, Veal scallopini=10, but the tuna with blue cheese and pasta was very bland. Molton chocolate cake, however, was superb.

    On the whole, we were very pleased with our eating on the island. The wines tended to repeat themselves at each restaurant. Service was mostly all very good. While we had reservations, everyplace except the Tropicana had available seating for walk-ins.

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    1. re: Bank of Dad

      Its a shame you werent able to try out a local creole restaurant on the french side. I think the name was Yvette's. It should be in French Quarter.

      1. re: Bank of Dad

        Mario's is one of our favorite restaurants on the island and the duck is my favorite dish. So few restaurants serve a "roast" duck on the bone any more,opting for just the duck breast. I totally agree with you about the molten chocolate cake. It's one of the best I've ever had. The only bad thing is the parking and the neigborhood!!!

        1. re: wincountrygirl

          We went for our honeymoon....and while L'Escapade in Grand Case was our favorite "splurge"....Mr. Busby's (daytime)/Daniel's (evening) in Dawn Beach was by far our favorite hangout...and we went 3-4 times for Lo-lo (Hooray for Miss "Special" our waitress at Sky's the Limit) food for the money on any island!

          1. re: winecafe95

            Wow-- you missed all the fabulous restos on the French Side-- Grand Case and Marigot! YOu have to go back!! :)

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        1. We were in St. Martin for 2 weeks, ending on 12/27.
          Here a summary of my restaurant opinions:
          The Boathouse--Always consistent, always good. reasonable prices with good service and nice sized portions.

          Pizza Pasta--Ate here for the first time in a few years. Food is ok but the prices don't warrant it.

          Johnny B Under the Tree--Used to like it much more. food, prices, are just ok.

          Talk of the Town (Grand Case)-- Disappointing. Food was so so. Prices range from not bad to not worth it (in the case of, lobster)

          Pizza Cafe--Not recommended. We didn't like the food at all.

          Peg Leg's Steakhouse--Good steaks and service. Prices are what you'd expect for a steakhouse.

          Topper's--Good food and prices. Service was good too.

          Topper's By the Sea--This is in the Flamingo resort. We ate breakfast there 3 times. That says a lot. Food, service and prices were good.

          Top Carrot--We ate breakfast their often as we do every year. Highly recommended. It was crowded for lunch though we didn't eat lunch there.

          Zee Best (in Simpson Bay)--Also recommended. Nice menu. Good service and prices.

          Bamboo Bernie's Tijuana Yacht Club-- Not bad. But nothing special.

          We cooked dinner several times in our unit as well. We discovered a great new supermarket. It's called Fresh Market. It's near the Grand Marche near Philipsburg. You go down the hill (from Grand Marche) and make a left at the Shell Station. Go about a mile and it's across the street from the next Shell Station. We like it a little better than Grand Marche.