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What restaurant in St. Barts serves food non-stop 11:00 am to 11:00 pm and what is Pata Negra?

Monday, June 13th, 2011

Did you arrive in St. Barth by boat late in the evening or did you have a very late lunch and want to have a late supper? Never fear, the Carl Gustaf is here!

Operations Manager Marion Fayard invited our team for cocktails at the hotel Carl Gustaf on Tuesday evening…Lucky us! Connie ordered bartender Jacky’s famous Planteur’s Punch and loved it. I had une coupe de Champagne rosé as did a few of the others and Magda had a yummy Piña Colada. Out came the most amazing hors d’oeuvres consisting of a carrot mousse, swordfish ceviche, an anchovy delight, Mahi Mahi with sauce and tiny tomatoes with mozzarella-Delicious.

Hors-d'oeuvres-at-the-Carl-Gustaf-Lounge

Hors d'oeuvres at the Carl Gustaf Lounge

Nadine Rolland, one of our St. Barth Properties Sotheby’s International Realty real estate agents, pointed at a strange looking, what appeared to be an animal’s leg with a hoof, no less! She said, “Oh look, they have Pata Negra!” Huh? “It’s a delicious (and very expensive) Spanish delicacy…a pig’s leg. The pig is fed nothing but acorns. Jacky sliced off some pieces for us and we each enjoyed a piece or two.

Pata-Negra

Pata Negra

Jacky-slices-the-Pata-Negra

Jacky slices the Pata Negra

Marion informed us that the Carl Gustaf Lounge now serves a light menu non-stop from 11:00 am to 11:00 pm 7 days a week. (People can still enjoy fine dining at Victoria’s Restaurant from 7:00 pm to 10 pm). The announcement of the extended hours is really good news because most restaurants serving both lunch and dinner close for a few hours in between before they reopen for dinner. Many kitchens close no later than 10:00 pm. The nonstop menu is casual and very good; Victoria’s menu continues to be sumptuous. The restaurant is still offering the “Mystery Menu” that I blogged about last month.

Carl Gustaf Lounge menu
Victoria’s menu

Benoit,-Anne,-Nadine,-Magda,-Connie,-Peg-and-Marion

Benoit, Anne, Nadine, Magda, Connie, Peg and Marion

Afterwards, we visited the hotel’s stunning Royal Suite which is really a 4 bedroom villa located at the very tippy top of the hotel. The first floor features 3 gorgeous en suite bedrooms, a full kitchen, a dining area, a comfortable living room and an outdoor terrace with lots of places to sit to enjoy the incredible view of the harbor. The fourth bedroom is upstairs as is an upper level terrace with Jacuzzi and an amazing panoramic view.

Royal-Suite-view

Royal Suite view

The hotel has some fabulous packages available through August 31, 2011. For more information, contact carlgustaf@stbarth.com.

Royal Suite spa

Royal Suite spa

Royal Suite terrace

Royal Suite terrace

There Are So Many Excellent Restaurants on St. Barth, Where Can I Go For Sunset Cocktails And Dinner?

Thursday, May 5th, 2011

All good things must come to an end (at least temporarily). So, it was time to head back to our home on Cape Cod.

What should we do for our last night in St. Barth?

It was a no-brainer! I said to Steve,” Let’s go to the Carl Gustaf for sunset cocktails and watch Christine Gordon perform in the lounge and then stay for dinner at Victoria’s restaurant. I hear they have a new menu and I want to try it before we leave.” No objection from hubby on that suggestion.

Glorious Sunsets can be seen from the Carl Gustaf

Glorious Sunsets can be seen from the Carl Gustaf

When we arrived, Jackie was at the bar ready to serve his very famous Planteur’s Punch. We sat down on one of the comfy love seats to watch Christine perform and sing her songs. Un verre de Sancerre Blanc for me and a Planteur’s for Steve along with some complimentary veggies and dip set the mood for the wonderful evening that was to follow.

Planteurs Punch and Sancerre Blanc

Planteur's Punch and Sancerre Blanc

Christine Gordon at Victoria's Lounge May 01, 2011

Christine Gordon at Victoria's Lounge May 01, 2011

We continued on to dinner and were seated at a wonderful table for two that overlooked the harbor and its sparking lights. The kitchen is located on the far side of the restaurant and is completely visible to the patrons through sliding glass doors. Diners are welcome to watch as they prepare their delicacies.

Dir for Two Overlooking The Harbor -  Who Could Ask for Anything More

Dinner for Two Overlooking The Harbor - Who Could Ask for Anything More?

Watch the chef create and prepare your selections

Watch the chef create and prepare your selections

The menu selections varied with appetizers ranging from 24 euros for a Caesar salad to an ounce of caviar for 95 euros. The main courses feature fresh local fish of the day, Sole Meunière, veal or beef ranging from 38 to 48 euros. Desserts range from 15 euros for the Crême Brûlée to 19 euros for the Tartelette au chocolat Valhrona (Smoked Valhrona chocolate tart with an avocado milk ice cream).

Complimentary Amuse Bouche of Langouste

Complimentary Amuse Bouche of Langouste

Farm Fresh Egg Cooked at 62º, Black Truffle and Paris Mushroom Velouté

Farm Fresh Egg Cooked at 62º, Black Truffle and Paris Mushroom Velouté

Veal with pink grapefruit sauce and carrot mousseline

Veal with pink grapefruit sauce and carrot mousseline

BUT…if you are venturesome (and want to save some euros) each evening at this time of year, the Chef creates two “blind” menus that are prepared with simple products using innovative techniques. It is called the Menu Mystère (Mystery). Order an appetizer, main course and a dessert for only 65 euros or for the less famished, order an appetizer and main course or a main course and a dessert for only 49 euros. Feel free to tell your server your likes and dislikes before ordering.

Mystery Appetizer Tomato and Mozzarella

Mystery Appetizer Tomato and Mozzarella

Mystery Main Course Mahi Mahi Kebab

Mystery Main Course Mahi Mahi Kebab

If you would like to stay in one of the suites at the Hotel Carl Gustaf, you will love having your very own plunge pool, king bedroom with en suite bath, living room and kitchenette. Enjoy complimentary continental breakfast served in your suite as your wake-up call. Savor the croissants and fresh baguettes while enjoying the incredible views overlooking the harbor. Are you traveling with other couples or a family? Stay in one of their 2 bedroom pool suites or the elegant 4 bedroom Royal Suite. The very spacious 7 bedroom Villa Golden Reef is perfect for larger groups. Packages are available. For more information, contact carlgustaf@stbarth.com.