I have been in St. Barth for more than two months and the craving for ribs overtook me. I had to have my fix and my first choice as to where to go is always Pipiri Palace. The Palace is located on one of the side streets in Gustavia and is tucked away in an original “case” (Pronounced caz, it means “hut” and is a little wooden house where the St. Barth people once lived— and some still do.) Walk in past the “no chickens allowed sign” and owner/host Pierre Montalti will greet you.
Guests can choose to dine in the case or sit in the garden. You can even choose to sit by the langouste tank. The ambience is wonderful.
We looked at the Specials Board and were tempted by it, but we had our hearts set on the ribs.
You may have noticed by now that I am a huge fan of chèvre chaude (warm goat cheese) so we chose to share the warm goat cheese salad with walnuts and honey for our appetizer. It was delicious and the honey complemented the cheese by giving it a subtle sweet taste.
Bring on the ribs! They were wonderful – moist, tender and crispy and the BBQ flavor was yummy. We needed lots of hand wipes after that.
On to dessert…This time we decided to be good and order the ananas frais. It was the perfect choice to finish the meal. The pineapple was so fresh and mouthwatering. The warm chocolate sauce on the side was ideal for dipping and, as far satisfying the sweet tooth, it hit the spot.
The Palace’s kitchen is an open one and we enjoyed watching head chef Gilles Soffietti and sous chef Clémentine prepare various menu items. Reservations are recommended and if you are staying in one of our villas or hotels, we would be happy to make them for you. Pipiri Palace is open every evening except Sunday.