Archive for January, 2015

Additional News About the St. Barth Restaurant Scene for the 2015 Season As Well As the “Seen” on the Island

Wednesday, January 28th, 2015

Still more new or reinvented restaurants have opened this season, so I continued my mission to check them out and report to you. This blog features Provença.

Provença is a new restaurant that is located next to the Wall House museum on the La Pointe side of Gustavia where the Wall House restaurant used to be. Under new ownership, the menus for both lunch and dinner are creative.

On our first visit, we shared the Mediterranean Crisp Tomato Tart Provença appetizer and enjoyed it very much. The Sea Bass was flaky and flavorful.

An evening at Provença

An evening at Provença

Tarte Fine Méditerranéenne  16 € at Provença

Tarte Fine Méditerranéenne 16 € at Provença

Mediterranean Seabass Filet, Pan-cooked Vegetables at Provença

Mediterranean Sea Bass Filet, Pan-cooked Vegetables at Provença

Magda Votava, our St. Barth concierge and restaurant reservation guru, received the following review from one of our clients who dined there over the holidays.

“We enjoyed Provença very much. The food was outstanding –

  • We shared the “Fresh Baby Octopus, just jumped with Garlic and parsley” to start – it was outstanding!
  • Ellen ordered the “Duck Magret, Topping and sauce, Your Choice of Sides and Sauce” with French Fries and Porto and Fig sauce – the dish was perfectly prepared, but felt like the plate was not complete – it would have benefited from including a vegetable and a starch instead of only one side (vegetable or starch).
  • I ordered the Snacked Red Mullet with Tapenade and Figs, Ratatouille, which was great, but again would have benefited from being served with a vegetable and a starch, instead of only being served with the vegetable (ratatouille)
  • We skipped dessert (too full)
  • Espresso was good. Vanilla and/or Ginger Rhum were offered.”

Note: If you want a second side, you can order one for 6 euros.

Look for the Cicada sign to the left of the item. It indicates that the recipe is an authentic one from Provence. Chef de Cuisine, Thomas DESTINÉE and Second de Cuisine Cédric LABLANCHE create flavorful dishes. General Manager Marie PECOUL is from Provence and explains the menu in detail.

On our second visit, we too shared the octopus appetizer and it was indeed outstanding. For our main course, we each chose the Prawns Flambéed with Pastis, and “Forbidden” Black Rice. We learned that during the days of the Ching and Ming dynasties, Forbidden Rice was solely reserved for the Chinese Emperors. People thought it guaranteed well-being. In due course, commoners were allowed to consume the rice. Now a favorite dish, it is reputed to promote longevity and good health. It is delicious as is the shrimp. Give Provença a try and let me know your thoughts.

Provença's Fresh Baby Octopus, just jumped with Garlic and parsley - 22 €

Provença’s Fresh Baby Octopus, just jumped with Garlic and parsley – 22 €

Provença's Prawns Flambéed with Pastis, « Forbidden » Black Rice - 32 €

Provença’s Prawns Flambéed with Pastis, « Forbidden » Black Rice – 32 €

As far as the “Seen” part of this blog is concerned, I think you will enjoy the following photos of what you can stumble upon while you are out and about in St. Barts.

Two local St. Barth children try their luck at  fishing - catch and release - in Gustavia on a Sunday morning

Two local St. Barth children try their luck at fishing – catch and release – in Gustavia on a Sunday morning

A vacationing entrepreneur on St. Jean Beach offered me a refreshment - How sweet

A vacationing entrepreneur on St. Jean Beach offered me a refreshment – How sweet

January 24, 2015 Paddle boarding with a very much alive chicken St. Jean Beach!

January 24, 2015 Paddle boarding with a very much alive chicken St. Jean Beach!

My hour is up. Time to head for the beach.

My hour is up. Time to head for the beach.