What’s New in St. Barth? Le Bar du Village

The other evening, Steve and I happened upon this new little place which is tucked into the hillside at the Village St. Jean hotel. My friend Christine Gordon was there singing and playing the piano along with the very talented David Jared. We went just to check it out and to have a drink but when we saw other people dining on some interesting looking dishes we decided to stay for dinner.

Christine Gordon on the keys

Christine Gordon on the keys

David Jared at the piano

David Jared at the piano

The menu varies each night. The very imaginative chef Felix Questel goes shopping at the various markets each morning and then creates his menu according to what fresh items he was able to find. Felix comes with lots of experience. He learned his profession by training in Guadeloupe, Martinique and Paris. He was previously at La Cantina and the Christopher.

Felix Questel, Le Bar du Village chef

Felix Questel, Le Bar du Village chef

That particular evening Felix wanted us to try them all, so we chose to dine on the dégustation menu for 42 euros. Each dish came out in two’s and portions were presented in a small glass dish. We loved everything!

La-Soupe-de-Mahi-Mahi

La Soupe de Mahi Mahi avec ses Crustacés et petits croutons
La Végétarienne au Toffu Saute et sa Ratatouille d'Aubergine

Le-Saute-de-Veau

Le Saute de Veau a Lavande et Estragon
Les Cubes de Wahoo Marines au Citron Vert et poivrons rôtis a l'Ail

The French use the term, Méli-Mélo which best describes the fare. It is a mixture, a potpourri so to speak, of wonderful ingredients that when put together make outstanding dishes.

Le Bar du Village is a casual place where people can go for drinks and a light meal. The menu items average between 15 and 22 euros apiece. It is in a nice setting with views from the terrace and it is where singles and/or couples can meet other people. It is open every evening except Wednesday.

Try it and let me know your take on it.

Lavandes-et-minte

Lavender and mint given to us by Felix - Steve was grilling lamb chops the next night

By the way, do you remember my last blog about my very, very delayed flight to Brazil? Well, I received an unsolicited email from American Airlines apologizing and informing me that they deposited 20,000 miles into my frequent flyer account!

I didn’t tell you about what happened on my return flight as I did not want it to turn into an AA-bashing affair. BUT when we landed in Miami there were all sorts of emergency vehicles rushing out to meet our plane. We had been stopped on an active runway as we were about to taxi to the gate. It seems our brakes had overheated and there was smoke coming out of the area so we were prevented from going any further. The engines on the plane were turned off and after awhile we were given the ok that all was under control. Then we had to be towed to the gate because they did not want to re-start the engines. A few days later I received another unsolicited email from American apologizing for the scare. They deposited 10,000 more miles into my FF account! So, at least I earned enough miles for a free ticket. There is always a bright side to everything.

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5 Responses to “What’s New in St. Barth? Le Bar du Village”

  1. Jeanne Gibbons says:

    Wow Peg, Once again you and Steve are on the cutting edge of all that’s happening in St. Barths. Michael and I had wanted to go and hear Christine at Le Bar but had other plans for the evening that she was there. We couldn’t even get a look at the bar/restaurant because it was pm and not open. Thanks again for another vicarious experience. Don’t you just love it when Christine and David team up?

    I will add this to my list of places to check out next time we are in St. Barths. The food looked exquisite and tasty. Love your blog. You always either have a new discovery or another way of looking at the familiar so that it seems new again.

    • admin says:

      Hi Jeanne, You and Michael really need to go to Le Bar du Village. I had lunch with Christine and Felix today at O’Corail and they have some great ideas. I mentioned that it is wonderful to have a place where people can go to enjoy early evening entertainment instead of having to wait until after 9:00 in some places like the Baz Bar and after midnight in the night clubs. After all I have to work the next day and some vacationers love the early mornings in St. Barth and would prefer to go to bed at a decent hour so that they don’t miss a thing. I suggested they have something going on each evening so people can count on it. I hope they can do it! And let’s go together next time you are here.

  2. Kevin Brown says:

    Thanks Peg,

    Finally able to comment on the blog. We love it.

    Being annual visitors to SBH we are glad you are able to keep us up to date with the comings and goings of the island.
    You really have your finger on the pulse.

    When we mentioned someone we had not seen in a few years, you knew exactly where he is working.

    We look forward to the next installment.

    Kevin & Stanton

    • admin says:

      Thanks Kevin and Stan! Can’t wait to see you in St. Barth in March 2012

      • Adolph Questel says:

        Bonjour mon nom est Adolph Duane Questel mon nom père était adolph Appolon Questel Je cherche ma famille éloignée de Saint-Barth, pouvez-vous aider les noms de famille sont me.Some Questel Jack, Questel Loiuse, Ann Marie Questel Connaissez-vous une de ces personnes

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