3 St. Martin Restaurants that will Have Your Taste Buds Dancing
St. Martin is widely regarded as the culinary capital of the Caribbean. Standards are high on both the Dutch and French sides of the island so restaurants really can’t get away with mediocrity. That said, there are some establishments that tower over the rest and we have highlighted three of them here to save you time from having to pore through hundreds of restaurants.
This Michelin-starred restaurant has been rated the fourth-best in the Caribbean and number one in St. Martin from those on both the French and Dutch sides. You will get a true, fine dining experience that’s contemporary and creative while relishing the ambiance of a 19th century home. The emphasis here is on natural, sustainable food sourced from France by dedicated food producers. Head Chef Jerome Droingt says every dish is carefully created to allow for a special and unique culinary experience.
We recommend: The three-course set menu: To start, Le Pressoir’s famous egg parfait fashioned from Colombier parmesan cheese and potato foam, foie gras, truffle, porcini mushrooms and asparagus. For the main, the lobster medallion in urchin cream and shavings of black lemon, served with saffron baby pasta. For dessert, Paris-SXM vanilla and coconut puffs with candied pineapple.
The dining experience at L’Astrolabe is nothing short of magical. Surrounded by candlelight whether you choose to dine poolside or in a tropical garden, you’ll be wooed not only by the exceptional cuisine but by the romantic music, impeccable service and the luxury and comfort of home. Diners who abstain from meat will be happy to know there are lots of vegetarian choices.
La Villa Hibiscus
The lovely restaurant is on the highest point of the island, so it’s a little piece of paradise with a mind-blowing view. Chef Bastian was trained in the best French Michelin-starred restaurants – Joêl Robuchon** and Anne Sophie Pic.*** He and his wife, Sabine, invite elite diners to try their five gourmet tables – an original and unique concept. You get the choice between three different menus at the time of booking: a discovery menu which allows you to discover the spirit of the chef’s cuisine in five courses; a gourmet menu, a meeting of land and sea in six courses to amaze your palate; or a prestige menu of eight courses with dishes prepared from extraordinary products. Wine pairings are offered with the cuisine.
We recommend: Taking advantage of the chef’s prestige menu and savoring every moment of the surprises that awaits you such as egg with black truffles with a parmesan tuile – an umami explosion!
If you are a lover of fine food, a visit to St. Martin surely needs to be on your travel list. We invite you to put your trust in LVH and we will plan one of the most amazing St. Martin luxury holidays for you including the best of St. Martin fine dining. You will stay at an incredibly luxurious private home filled with modern amenities; one with a stunning view, privacy, full services and 24/7 support. Please reach out to an LVH client relations team member who will begin the planning process for your enchanting visit to extraordinary St. Martin.