Monday, July 30, 2007

Tantalize Your Taste-Buds and Experience the Cuisine of

The island of St. Maarten/St. Martin, collectively known as “the culinary capital of the Caribbean,” is proud to offer guests some of the most exciting and innovative gastronomic delights available throughout the islands. Offering more than 400 mouth-watering restaurants that serve some of the finest international cuisine to pallet pleasing masterpieces that are created locally from bountiful produce available in the bustling open-air markets, make St. Maarten/St. Martin a culinary jewel that is sure to satisfy even the most discerning palette.

While here, visitors are encouraged to dine on delicacies that range from authentic Indonesian fare to haute French cuisine and everything in between. Truly cosmopolitan, the island’s numerous restaurants and cafes serve up a bevy of tantalizing options—including French, Italian, Spanish, Continental, Caribbean, Indian, American and more. In fact, eating on St. Maarten/St. Martin is commonly compared to traveling to a foreign country – from the cuisine, decor, and flavors to the aromas, menu selections and inviting staff, the island provides guests with a host of delectable delights that will sooth the soul and pamper the pallet.

While here, often the most difficult decision is deciding where to go for your next meal. Here's a look at some of the top restaurants on both sides of the island that contribute to the culinary adventure that is St. Maarten/St. Martin:
Dutch St. Maarten:
Moulin Fou
Moulin Fou, an exceptional upscale dining establishment located in the Maho shopping center is known throughout the island for offering guests an extraordinary meal that is paired with a unique ambience. Offering sensational meats and pastas, and mouth watering seafood, Chef J. Bonnel, brings an eclectic approach to the restaurant, as most of his food is influenced by his travels and spices collected from around the world. The burst of flavor in every bite will have you returning again and again. For more information, please visit, call at +590-954-5777, or email

Dare to be Rare Steakhouse
Chef Dino Jagtiani's Dare to be Rare Steakhouse, located in the Atlantis Casino Courtyard, is commonly known as the first Caribbean restaurant to offer guests Prime dry-aged Certified Angus Beef (CAB). Serving top-quality steaks that go through a remarkable aging process, as well as delectable appetizers and sides, these gastronomic delights are sure to please even the most seasoned of steak connoisseurs. For more information about Rare, visit the website at, call at +599-545-5714 or email

French St. Martin:

L’Auberge Gourmande
L’Auberge Gourmande, known throughout the island for its romantic ambiance and excellent cuisine, this lovingly renovated, yet historic restaurant was recently voted among the best restaurants in the Caribbean by Caribbean Travel & Life in their 2007 reader’s poll. Featuring savory dishes that include roasted duck breast, chilean sea bass and rack of lamb, to name just a few, Executive Chef Didier Rochat regularly tantalizes guests with culinary delights that leave guests saying, “That was the best meal I’ve ever had.” For more information about L’Auberge Gourmande, visit the website at, call at +590-590-545-5714 or email

Mario’s Bistro
Located in the village of Sandy Ground on the Marigot channel, Mario’s Bistro features an informal yet elegant décor that is combined with tranquil ambiance and waterside dining that offers a hint of romance. Known commonly as a culinary artist, Executive Chef Mario Tardif offers guests a host of tantalizing dishes to choose from when dining at this popular local. Dishes include baked mahi-mahi with macadamia nut crust, half rack of lamb with roasted with goat cheese and pesto and sautéed veal scaloppini with lemon & caper butter sauce, to name just a few. Also, save room for dessert, guests won’t want to miss Chef Tardif’s signature Mario’s Molten Chocolate Cake. For more information about Mario’s Bistro, visit the website at, or call at +590-590-87-06-36.

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