I’ve often said that while Saint Barth might not have golf courses or casinos, it does have enough knives and forks for everyone. There is a very lively restaurant scene on the island, and while some places, like Maya’s, Le Repaire, Andy’s, and Le Toiny’s fabulous Sunday brunch (to name just a few) rock steady throughout the years, you can be sure there is always something new to check out. One of our favorite new places is called Entre Deux, which means Between Two, and in this case it’s an affair between two brothers, Sinclair and Jackson Questel, Saint Barth boys who have taken over the small restaurant tucked behind the Totem Surf Shop; it was La Gamelle for a few years, and then very briefly reincarnated as Central Park. Sinclair—who also publishes the monthly Saint Barth Magazine—and Jackson—a very talented visual artist who also was on the staff at Bête A Z’Ailes for a few years—have given this little, multi-level eatery a new look, and it seems to be a hit right off the bat. The menu features fajitas that come in a hot skillet with all the trimmings on the side, as well as tapas, and a nice steak for less adventuresome eaters. Often filled with a mix of locals and visitors, Entre Deux is a nice addition to the scene in Gustavia. And the scoop is that the charming little place called Le Sapotillier, in an old house right next door, is also due for a new name and a new look by the fall, so stay tuned for further developments there. With Eddy’s right across the street, this will be a happening corner of town. Farther along on the waterfront is the spot that was once the popular L’Escale and was most recently known as Jao.
It has just reopened as Harbour’s Saladerie, with the same owners as the former Saladerie. Confusing, but their fans are glad they’re back, with a menu mainly composed of salads and pizzas, although the pizza oven has been relegated to the kitchen rather than the big one that was in the dining room back in the days of L’Escale.
In the meantime, on the other side of the island, there have been some changes, at least for the summer, at Le Tarmarin, a very neat garden spot so named for its large tamarind tree, and located not too far from the beach in Saline. Behind Indonesian wooden walls, the garden features hammocks and beds for relaxing, as well as a few small boutiques, and the atmosphere is indeed relaxed. Seems as if Le Tamarin itself is only open for lunch during the summer, so some enterprising young restaurateurs have opened an evening watering hole called Medina, which features primarily drinks and tapas, although last night when I stopped by the make a reservation for brunch at Le Tamarin, there was a lively BBQ going on. The light levels were low, the aromas were enticing, and it looked like just the kind of romantic little place you’d expect to find just this side of the sand dunes on a tropical island like Saint Barth.
More to come,