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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.

St. Bart’s Restaurant Update and Les Soldes

Wednesday, May 23rd, 2012

Those of you who normally travel to St. Barts in Value Season often expressed your disappointment that the Wall House restaurant traditionally closed on the first Sunday in June and did not reopen until mid-October which meant that you were never able to try it. You are in luck! Owners Bernard Tatin and his son Julien are keeping the restaurant open during the summer! The food is delicious and there are luncheon specials daily. We had dinner there a few days before we left and thoroughly enjoyed the chateaubriand for two.

Chateaubriand at The Wall House with the full moon rising

Chateaubriand at The Wall House with the full moon rising

Chateaubriand for two cooks on the spit

Chateaubriand for two cooks on the spit

Decanting Wine at The Wall House Restaurant

On the other hand, Le Massai was forced to close May 12 due to the owner’s renovation of the parking area which he will be upgrading. The restaurant will reopen in November and I am sure it will be as wonderful as ever. On another note, I am sad to say that Le Tamarin closed for good on April 28. The good news is that I saw former owner Toc happily working at Jean Claude Dufour’s new restaurant in Saline, L’Esprit. You MUST try L’Esprit! Jean Claude is such an outstanding and creative chef. He loves having his own place; you can see into the kitchen and watch him use his skills as he formulates the mouth-watering dishes that you are about to be served. He is planning on adding a nice bar area in the garden which will be a nice addition.

L'Esprit

L'Esprit

I just learned that Harbour’s has been sold. It originally was called La Saladerie, then Harbour Saladerie and finally Harbour’s. So my good friends and owners Thierry, Gilles and Patrick are gone as is the wait staff. The chef has remained with the new owner who, as rumor has it, is from Paris. I will check it out and keep you posted.

Les Soldes! We Americans are so used to being able to advantage of merchandise sales that businesses in the US have whenever they want to entice a customer to shop in their stores, one would expect the same to be true in other countries. That is not the case in France (and therefore not in St Barts). The word “sale” (solde) is not allowed into the vocabulary of French retail businesses except for two defined periods of the year. If a shop dares to do so, it will be fined by the governmental authorities. Most of us can’t believe that Big Brother can interfere and tell French businesses what they are allowed to do if they want to have a sale. There’s an agency known as the “General Directors for Fair Trading, Consumer Affairs and Fraud Control.” It has the power to monitor all shopkeepers to ensure that they strictly abide by these French laws. It is up to the local “prefects” to decide on which dates the sales must take place …so much for free enterprise.

Les Soldes in St. Barts are from May 5-June 09, 2012  Don't miss out!

Les Soldes in St. Barts are from May 5-June 9, 2012. Don't miss out!

The sale dates in St. Barts are different from those in Paris, for example. That city held its sales in January. Of course January is high season in St Barts, so the island waits until after that period is over. This year the Prefect declared that St. Bart’s 5 weeks of Les Soldes must take place May 05-June 09, 2012. I was lucky to be there at the time, so I hurried down to Gustavia the very first day to see what kind of bargains I could find. Believe me, I was not the only one to do so; it looked as if every person who lives on the island waited for this event to happen. Paying full price is just not what people want to do, no matter where you live. It’s not too late to take advantage of Les Soldes. We have some perfect villas for those of you who want to shop ‘til you drop. Why not plan a girlfriend’s getaway? Contact reservations@stbarth.com and you will be on your way to a shopper’s paradise.

I am back on Cape Cod for a couple of weeks. I will be returning to St. Barts with some of my St. Barth Properties USA staff after attending the high school graduation of one of my grandsons June 01. This is the time of year when we do our villa and hotel inspections (We do this again in November) so as to ensure that we can continue to assist you with the all important decision of where to stay when you are in St. Barth. Our knowledge of the hotels and villas is what makes us the experts in our field. I also will be gathering material for our next Live Your Dream® catalogue which we always debut at our annual Beachside Bash, a party that we throw each November to jumpstart the season.

Countdown to New Year’s Eve in St. Barts 2011

Thursday, January 5th, 2012

The festivities continued throughout the week. Many shops hosted wonderful cocktail parties throughout Gustavia. After hosting our weekly cocktail party at Bonito restaurant on Tuesday, we continued on to a cocktail reception at the elegant jewelry store, Chopard because I had received a very nice invitation to attend. So many people were there – the Champagne was flowing and yummy hors d’oeuvres were being passed.

Chopard

Chopard

After that we strolled along the harbor and decided to stop in to say Bonsoir to Brice. He used to work at the Tom Beach hotel’s Pink Parrot Bar that is situated in the sand by its La Plage restaurant. Brice recently purchased La Cantina and I wanted to check it out. (That’s part of my job so I can update my “Helpful Hints” which many people refer to as their “bible”). La Cantina is very a popular spot with reasonably priced drinks and tapas. It has a view of the harbor and is a great place if you are into people-watching.

Brice-welcomes-us-at-La-Cantina

Brice welcomes us at La Cantina

The next evening we were invited to attend the Grand Opening of Natalie Clifford’s new contemporary art gallery, Space SBH, which is located in the Carré D’Or shopping area. It was packed and once again the Champagne was flowing. Flute in hand, I walked around and marveled at featured artist Dominique Rousserie’s work.

Peg-with-Natalie-Clifford-at-Space-SBH-art-gallery-(The-map-of-St-Barth-is-behind-us)

Peg with Natalie Clifford at Space SBH art gallery (The map of St Barth is behind us)

Some of his work that is on display through January 14, 2012 features paintings of St Barth which would complement anyone’s décor. I particularly love the one that shows the map of St. Barth.

New Year's Eve 2011 cocktail reception at the Wall House

New Year's Eve 2011 cocktail reception at the Wall House

With New Year’s Eve fast approaching, the island continued to bulge as more people were arriving by plane, ferry or yacht. People just love to be in St. Barth at this time of year. Traditionally Steve and I always go to the Wall House for the evening. Julien Tatin and his father Bernard are such wonderful hosts. We gathered in front of the Wall House Museum for cocktail hour that featured an open bar and a wonderful array of passed hors d’oeuvres. Yachts were berthed in front of us; the atmosphere was perfect. A delicious dinner in the restaurant followed. Courses including foie gras, fish and veal were served. We finished just in time to see the midnight fireworks. Everyone began kissing each other and while shouting Bonne Année! The sky was full of bursts of color and the yachts sounded their horns in approval.

New Year’s Eve in St. Barts at Midnight December 31, 2011

Happy New Year Everyone. I hope to see in St. Barts. When you are ready to make your plans, email reservations@stbarth.com or call 1-800-421-3396.

Quick Trip to St Barth Part 2: Summer Sessions, the “New” La Route des Boucaniers plus the just opened V Lounge

Tuesday, August 30th, 2011

I forgot to tell you that I had a business (and pleasure) lunch with Pascale Minarro the Directrice of our St Barth office and Magdalena Votava, our Concierge. Paula joined us at the newly reopened La Route des Boucaniers harbor side restaurant that is now owned by Xavier Pignet of Dõ Brazil. I had been dying to try it and I am so glad that we did. The menu is varied and they offer lunch specials every day. Prices range from 10 to 20 euros each. (The dinner menu is different and very good, too.) The restaurant is completely remodeled; the bar was moved and the dining areas are more open so you feel more al fresco and can enjoy the view. We each tried a different item. I had the Langouste Salad and it was quite good. Paula and Magda indulged in the dessert—Yummy!

Pascale,-Magda,-Paula-and-Peg-about-to-have-lunch-at-La-Route-des-Boucaniers

Pascale, Magda, Paula and Peg about to have lunch at La Route des Boucaniers

Dessert--Anyone

Dessert anyone?

The-New-Bar-at-La-Route-des-Boucaniers

The New Bar at La Route des Boucaniers

Saturday afternoon I took a few hours off and went to St. Jean Beach with Paula. The water was divine. I noticed some camera equipment on the beach (This is fairly common but more so on Shell Beach). It turns out that Victoria’s Secret was doing a photo shoot featuring one of their top models, Candice Swanepoel. She really is stunning and we watched the entourage for a while. It’s quite a production just to get one shot. If you happen to read one of their next catalogues and you see her picture, try to notice if you recognize the beach in the photo.

Victoria's-Secret-Candice-Swanepoel-on-St.Jean-Beach

Victoria's Secret Candice Swanepoel on St. Jean Beach

Saturday night was the Summer Sessions concert on the quai so we decided to go down to Gustavia early because DJ Alex Merrell was spinning at the new V Lounge. The what? The V Lounge aka the Voyageur Lounge… It is a gorgeous very elegant lounge for us “grownups” who can’t stay up until the night clubs get going at midnight and close at 4:00 am. It is luxuriously furnished with white sofas inside and tables are located on the outside deck. The view of the harbor from here is outstanding. The bar is beautiful too. The V Lounge is located above the Yacht Club and La Marine in Gustavia and the fact that it opens at 7:00 pm is really great. People can go there for an apéritif then continue on to dinner or stop by for a digestif after dinner. If you are looking for a great place to enjoy drinks and a light supper the V Lounge offers a wonderful selection of tapas. Open from Tuesday to Sunday 7:00 pm to 1:00am and they accept reservations. I think you are going to love this place.

The-new-V-Lounge

The new V Lounge

Paula and I had decided that we were going to hire a taxi to pick us up at Villa Everest. Our island office concierge, Magdalena Votava hired Karine Greaux who dropped us off at the V Lounge. Karine told me to call her 15 minutes before were ready to go home. So we were on foot and left the V Lounge to dine at the Wall House. The food was great per usual and we spent time talking to co-owner Julien Tatin. Julien and his co-owner dad, Bernard love St Barth Properties and our clients, so if you want to have lunch or dinner there, you can reserve a table before you travel or call Magda when you are on the island. She will make the reservation for you and you will receive a 10% discount off of the entire bill! Now that is a great deal.

After dinner we walked over to the other side of the harbor to enjoy the music. Lots of people were there and the entertainment was great. Then I called Karine and she took us back to the villa.

Saturday-Night-Concert-on-the-Quai

Saturday Night Concert on the Quai

More to come in my next blog…

The Wall House – new offer for clients of St. Barth Properties

Monday, February 21st, 2011

Bonjour from sunny St. Barth! It is another beautiful day in paradise! If you are celebrating President’s Day and have the day off, why not take the time to plan your St Barth vacation. Our office is open! Just pick up the phone and call 1-800-421-3396 or email info@stbarth.com. Anne, Julie and Kathy are ready to help you plan your holiday so that you can Live Your Dream®. Hope to see you soon!

Steve and I celebrated Valentine’s Day at one of our favorite restaurants, the Wall House. Luckily we had a reservation because the place was sold out. We sat at “our table” and checked out the special Valentine’s Day menu. Diners had the option of ordering from it à la carte as it was not a prixfixe menu; they could also choose from their regular menu.

Steve and Peg - Valentine's Day at the Wall House

Steve and Peg - Valentine's Day at the Wall House

I began with their wonderful Jumbo Shrimp with Avocado Cocktail (15 euros) and Steve selected the Caprese Salad of Lobster, Tomatoes, Mozzarella and Baby Arugula (20 euros). Both of them were delicious.

Jumbo Shrimp with Avocado Cocktail

Jumbo Shrimp with Avocado Cocktail

Caprese Salad of Lobster, Tomatoes, Mozzarella and Baby Arugula

Caprese Salad of Lobster, Tomatoes, Mozzarella and Baby Arugula

I decided to try their Valentine’s Special Carré de Veau à la Rôtisserie (Rack of Veal from the Rotisserie) accompanied by a homemade spinach and chestnut lasagna (34 euros) and Steve ordered the Mediterranean Catch (Sea Bass) which was also roasted on the spit and, served with asparagus, steamed potatoes and a lemon and tarragon sauce (24 euros). We enjoyed both very much.

Carré de Veau à la Rôtisserie

Carré de Veau à la Rôtisserie

Mediterranean Sea Bass just off the spit

Mediterranean Sea Bass just off the spit

Filet of Mediterrrean Sea Bass

Filet of Mediterrrean Sea Bass

To accompany our meal co-owner Julien Tatin suggested DOMAINE OTT – BLANC DE BLANCS CRU CLASSE – CLOS MIREILLE 2008 (50 euros) and it was a superb blend from Provence.

Julien with DOMAINE OTT - BLANC DE BLANCS CRU CLASSE - CLOS MIREILLE 2008

Julien with DOMAINE OTT - BLANC DE BLANCS CRU CLASSE - CLOS MIREILLE 2008

Along came the dessert trolley which was filled with so many yummy choices (9 euros each). We finally decided upon the Crème Brûlée. Our server flamed the torch over it while we looked on and watched the topping turn a light brown.

Wall House Dessert Trolley

Wall House Dessert Trolley

Flaming our Crème Brûlée

Flaming our Crème Brûlée

Because we are a part of the St. Barth Properties family, we were offered their famous after dinner drink which is a Sparkling Wild Strawberry Coupe. It was the perfect complement to accompany our scrumptious dessert.

Sparkling Wild Strawberry Coupe after dinner drink at the Wall House

Sparkling Wild Strawberry Coupe after dinner drink at the Wall House

Now, if you are too full, you don’t have to order dessert in order to receive your complimentary Sparkling Wild Strawberry Coupe after your meal. All you need to do is be a client of St. Barth Properties and call our office at 0590 29 75 05 to make your reservation for you once you are on the island. If you prefer to reserve your table before your departure, just email concierge@stbarth.com.

New Year’s week on St Barth

Thursday, January 6th, 2011

Happy New Year from sunny St. Barth!

The island was hopping during New Year’s week; the yachts had to leave the harbor again because of another houle but were mercifully allowed back to the dock on December 31…just in time for the festivities. The New Year’s Eve Regatta went on as planned and the sailboats had plenty of wind for the race.

I have been encouraged to take a break from work once in a while and act like a vacationer – try to do things that our clients do while they are on vacation in St. Barth. One of the must-dos is to experience Nikki Beach at lunchtime (late lunchtime that is). We had a 2:00 pm reservation which is the time their daily fashion show begins. We sat back to enjoy “the scene”. The food was absolutely delicious which was a real plus. The service was excellent and everyone seemed to be having a great time.

Peg and Steve at Nikki Beach

Peg and Steve at Nikki Beach

Nikki Beach Tiramasu

Nikki Beach Tiramasu

Dancing on the tables at Nikki Beach

Dancing on the tables at Nikki Beach

We celebrated New Year’s Eve by dining at the Wall House – an excellent five course presentation – preceded by complimentary cocktails and hors d’oeuvres harbor side. We finished dessert just in time to catch the midnight fireworks and kiss everyone on both cheeks while saying, “Bonne Année”.

Are you aware that St. Barth Properties not only offers private villas, we also represent 18 wonderful St. Barth hotels? Our collection, The Hotels of St. Barth has its own website. Have a look. Our Reservation Specialists are ready to assist you with your selection.

I was one of the lucky few to be able to visit the two brand new three bedroom villas at the Hotel St. Barth Isle de France. To say the least, they are absolutely wonderful! The 4200+ square foot villas exude a casual elegance styled by Penny Morrison of Morrison Interiors in London. Each king bedroom has an en suite bath with double vanities, a bathtub, a separate shower and a dressing area. The villas feature a media room, a fitness room, a kitchen, a living room as well as both indoor and outdoor dining areas. Both villas offer a private infinity plunge pool on the terrace and gorgeous views over Flamands Beach. Guests have private access to the beach.

Media Room - Hotel St. Barth Isle de France 3 bedroom villa

Media Room - Hotel St. Barth Isle de France 3 bedroom villa

Living Room - Hotel St. Barth Isle de France 3 bedroom villa

Living Room - Hotel St. Barth Isle de France 3 bedroom villa

Bedroom - Hotel St. Barth Isle de France 3 bedroom villa

Bedroom - Hotel St. Barth Isle de France 3 bedroom villa

Another bedroom - Hotel St. Barth Isle de France 3 bedroom villa

Another bedroom - Hotel St. Barth Isle de France 3 bedroom villa

Bathroom - Hotel St. Barth Isle de France 3 bedroom villa

Bathroom - Hotel St. Barth Isle de France 3 bedroom villa

Prices of the Flamands Villas:

December 20th, 2010 to January 4th, 2011: 7500 Euros per night;
January 5th to April 15th, 2011: 3990 Euros per night;
April 15th to August 31st, 2011: 2625 Euros per night

Please email us at hotels@stbarth.com or call us toll free at 1-866-617-4578. We will be happy to arrange your stay at the magnificent Hotel St. Barth Isle de France.

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays

Friday, December 24th, 2010

Bonjour from sunny St. Barth!

I arrived last week and have been doing last minute villa inspections before they fill up for the holidays. There are so many beautiful properties. I am sure you will love staying in them. Villa Cosmos, a villa in Mont Jean that we sold three years ago, has just completed its renovation – it was worth the wait!

Villa Cosmos

Villa Cosmos

Dream about: Working on your tan then jumping into the large heated swimming pool to cool off.
It’s in the details: Four en suite bedrooms are located in separate areas; Outdoor living spaces are everywhere.
SBP Loves: The minimalistic contemporary décor and the wonderful views across Marigot Bay

Have a look!

The decorations line the streets of Gustavia, the yachts were all lined up on the dock but a houle came down from the US creating large swells form the northwest so the yachts are temporarily moored just outside the harbor. There is a Christmas Village on the quai where people can purchase some last minute gifts.

Paraffin Yacht braves the houle

Paraffin Yacht braves the houle

Christmas Village in Gustavia 2010

Christmas Village in Gustavia 2010

The boutiques remain open and there is plenty of activity—window shoppers and buyers alike. This evening Steve and I will attend the 6:30 pm Christmas Eve service at the Anglican Church. It is my annual chance to sing Christmas carols and belt out those songs (I am a soprano and love to sing). Continuing the tradition we will head to the Wall House for dinner. People are raving about their new menu and the new chef who created it.

Wishing you and yours a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays.

People shopping for a last minute gift at Cartier

People shopping for a last minute gift at Cartier

Christmas in Gustavia

Christmas in Gustavia

Wall House Announcement

Saturday, November 20th, 2010

A few months back, I mentioned in my newsletter, Le Bulletin that I had a scoop for you regarding one of my favorite restaurants, the Wall House in Gustavia. Owner Julien has given me the go ahead to be the first person to let you know the big news.

Wall House Main Course

Wall House Main Course

The Wall House will be open during the summer months! We always mourned the annual closing of the restaurant which traditionally began the day after the “Empty the Fridge” party that was always held on the first Sunday in June. We had to be patient and wait until October to have lunch or dinner there. Our Value Season clients had to miss out on the experience…but no more!

Here’s the deal:

  • The Wall House will only be closed in September.
  • It will be closed all day on Sundays (beginning December 1st 2010).
  • They have already extended their opening hours:
    Lunch: Noon – 02:30 pm and Dinner: 07.00pm – 10.00pm.
Wall House Dessert

Wall House Dessert

They have some great deals at lunchtime and their 29 euros dinner special is a real bargain. Don’t pass up the dessert trolley; the selection is outstanding. They are producing their own rums too! –vanilla, coffee and orange flavors serve as a digestif after dinner.

Wall House Lunch Menu 2010-2011
Wall House Dinner Menu 2010-2011

Wall House Rums

Wall House Rums

And …for clients of St. Barth Properties?

Mention Peg’s Blog when calling our office in the US (1-800-421-3396) before you leave or our St Barth office while you are there (0590-29-75-05) to make your dinner reservation before January 31, 2011 and you will receive a complimentary apéritif!

Bon appétit