Compiled By NAN Travel Editor
News Americas, NEW YORK, NY, Fri. July 13, 2018: What’s better than French food? Well, French food in the French Caribbean! If you are looking for a gastronomical treat with a Caribbean twist, then check out these top rated fine dining French Caribbean restaurants the next time your travels take you to either Saint Martin, Martinique or Guadeloupe. Here are the top five based on reviews on TripAdvisor from actual diners:
1: Bistrot Caraibes
With close to 3,000 reviews on TripAdvisor, Bistrot Caraibes stands out as the top for French food in the French Caribbean. This restaurant recently re-opened following Hurricane Irma and the food remains delicious and staff are attentive and friendly. Their smoked salmon appetizer is all the rave as is their Lobster Thermidor and escargot. The restaurant is located at 81, boulevard de Grand Case, Saint Martin and a meal ranges from $15 – $70.
2: La Villa Restaurant
Located at 93 Boulevard de Grand Case in Saint Martin La Villa Restaurant serves up French, Seafood and European dishes. Here you can get dishes like chilled Cucumber soup or the traditional French onion soup, conch ravioli, escargots tempura, tuna tartar, frog legs with garlic and parsley butter and sauteed foie gras. Cost per meal can vary to around $60 per person.
3: Kote Sud
Guadeloupe’s Kote Sud, at Route de l’Hotel Rotabas, Sainte-Anne, is also getting rave reviews from diners. It definitely offers up more of a French style of cooking than creole but with delights like the sea urchin flan, octopus, feuille of langouste and conch ravioli, who can complain? Average rate per person is $40 – $60.
4: La Mandoline
Located in Village de la Poterie, Trois-Ilets in Martinique, La Mandoline offers a French Caribbean and vegetarian menu. Many rave about the smoked marlin maki as well as the tuna tartare, duck and fresh tuna wrapped in seaweed and served with a salad and hot wasabi. Prices here are $31 – $53.
5: Le Poisson Rouge
Located at Chemin Matouba, La Haut, Deshaies in Guadeloupe is Le Poisson Rouge where diners rave about the fresh and unique creole food and its beautiful ambiance. Chef Sylvie, a cordon-bleu chef, opened this restaurant with a focus on simplicity, flavors and freshness. She has focused the restaurant on fresh, local and seasonal ingredient with a range of classic cooking techniques – French, Caribbean, and European. It’s also not too overpriced at $29 – $47 per person.