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Looking for a French restaurant #185231
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Not aware of a French restaurant on Dutch side. Any suggestions for Grand Case? Thx in advance.

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Re: Looking for a French restaurant [Re: Doc Bill] #185232
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There's a couple that I can name on the Dutch side. There's Moulin Fou and Mario's. I understand there is new restaurant that opened, Frenchy Ludo's I think is the name. The first 2 are 2 of our favorites. Because it's new, I don't know about Frenchy Ludo's, but plan on trying it when we get there at the end of March. I haven't heard much about it either. I'm sure there are more, but these are the ones that come to mind quickly.

Re: Looking for a French restaurant [Re: Doc Bill] #185233
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Frenchy Ludo's has been getting rave reviews from friends.


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Re: Looking for a French restaurant [Re: Doc Bill] #185235
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Elaine, Where is it located? Thanks,Mike...



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Re: Looking for a French restaurant [Re: Doc Bill] #185237
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Former Saratoga/Charter House Building, Simpson Bay. Next to Simpson Bay Pharmacy.

https://www.facebook.com/pages/category/Restaurant/Frenchy-LUDOs-343570359792703/


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Re: Looking for a French restaurant [Re: Doc Bill] #185242
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Their website looks amazing. Waterside tables. Good review so far. Can't wait to get there.

Re: Looking for a French restaurant [Re: Wingman] #185248
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Wingman and RonDon--I have not heard of Frenchy Ludo's either. If either one or both of you go, would very much appreciate your review!

For French on the Dutch side, you also have Antoine's, which is in P'burg. We have been to Antoine's, Moulin Fou and Mario's. We probably enjoyed Moulin Fou the most, but I will confess, some of that might be as a result of our company that evening, which was delightful. smile Antoine's would be my third choice, because of location, unless you want to go for an elegant lunch on the Boardwalk and people watch, which is what we did. If you go to Antoine's, make sure to pre-order the soufflé!!

For Grand Case, you might check out the thread about water side restaurants in Grand Case. Unfortunately, not much open water side now. For land side, my personal preferences would be Bistrot Cariabes and Le Cottage. You can't go wrong with either one.

Otherwise, on the French side, we REALLY enjoyed an outstanding lunch at Tropicana, at Marigot Marina. Personally I don't feel particularly safe in Marigot after night, but I would definitely do lunch there again.


Enjoy!


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Re: Looking for a French restaurant [Re: Doc Bill] #185250
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La Cigale, Nettle Bay.

Re: Looking for a French restaurant [Re: Airlegs] #185251
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Has La Cigale reopened yet after Irma?


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Re: Looking for a French restaurant [Re: Carol_Hill] #185252
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Yes! A few weeks ago. The reviews are great!

Re: Looking for a French restaurant [Re: Airlegs] #185263
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OK, thanks. I knew they weren't open for a long time, didn't remember that they finally reopened.


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Re: Looking for a French restaurant [Re: Doc Bill] #185266
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For lunch there's Chez Delphine on the boardwalk in Philipsburg.

Re: Looking for a French restaurant [Re: Doc Bill] #185297
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Saw a very poor review of Frenchy Ludos last week on fb, possibly Jeff Breger’s Site. Was planning to go this week but will wait awhile....

Re: Looking for a French restaurant [Re: pburke40] #185298
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Originally Posted by pburke40
Saw a very poor review of Frenchy Ludos last week on fb, possibly Jeff Breger’s Site. Was planning to go this week but will wait awhile....


There are few places that DON'T get a poor review on that site.

Carol---so Antoine's is open for lunch? Serving full meals? Haven't been there since the 80's.

Re: Looking for a French restaurant [Re: RonDon] #185300
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Ro--we were there for lunch in June 2018. They had a full menu, including souffles', IF you ordered them early. That is my one regret from our meal there, that we did not get to order a soufflé!


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Re: Looking for a French restaurant [Re: Doc Bill] #185303
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We ate at both Moulin Fou and Bistrot Caraibes in February. Bistrot Caraibes continues to provide amazing food and excellent (and friendly) service. In several visits, I can't think of a meal there that has disappointed. We've been big fans of Moulin Fou in the past; it was good this year but just didn't wow us this time. We've enjoyed Antoine's many times in the past but didn't make it there this year, so can't commit on it under the new ownership.

Re: Looking for a French restaurant [Re: Carol_Hill] #185308
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Originally Posted by Carol_Hill
Ro--we were there for lunch in June 2018. They had a full menu, including souffles', IF you ordered them early. That is my one regret from our meal there, that we did not get to order a soufflé!


Thanks Carol. I'll be sure to go in a couple of weeks AND I'll remember to order soufflé ahead. Good advice!

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Bistro Caribes, Le Cottage, L'Auberge Gourmand all in Grand Case

Re: Looking for a French restaurant [Re: RonDon] #185324
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A lovely location there on the water. The former Saratoga was a fabulous restaurant we enjoyed for many years.



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Re: Looking for a French restaurant [Re: Doc Bill] #185330
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Moulin Fou. Ate there in December and both the food and service was wonderful. Back in March and I’m definitely going back to Moulin

Re: Looking for a French restaurant [Re: pburke40] #185353
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Re: Looking for a French restaurant [Re: Doc Bill] #185412
02/25/2019 06:42 PM
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I understand that Le Pressoir has reopened in Grand Case. See link below.

https://www.caribjournal.com/2019/0...m_term=0_ea4e1e4090-e223eaec22-189172317

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Le Pressoir is the ultimate French restaurant!!

Re: Looking for a French restaurant [Re: RonDon] #185421
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Originally Posted by RonDon
[quote=pburke40]

Carol---so Antoine's is open for lunch? Serving full meals? Haven't been there since the 80's.


I had lunch there in November and was underwhelmed.


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Re: Looking for a French restaurant [Re: jazzgal] #185423
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Linda--I wouldn't say that Antoine's would compare to the best restaurants in Grand Case, but if you're looking for something French on the Boardwalk..


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Re: Looking for a French restaurant [Re: Doc Bill] #185424
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Re: Antoine’s -this was always our go-to place for a special dinner but.........

We had dinner once under the new owners and it was okay - not the Antoine’s we knew, but it was okay. We tried to go back twice in November and both times it was closed. Thinking I’m not all that inclined to make the drive from the Maho/Mullet area for just okay, but I guess we’ll see in a few weeks.


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Re: Looking for a French restaurant [Re: Doc Bill] #185486
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Has Tropicana in Margot re-opened?

Re: Looking for a French restaurant [Re: JoeC047] #185488
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Yes....closed on Monday nights.

Re: Looking for a French restaurant [Re: Doc Bill] #185489
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I believe that Le Pressoir has reopened under new management and chef. I think Spiga now owns it. Probably much different than in the past.

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Been on island for 7 weeks & have eaten at La Villa & Le Cottage three times each with our guests. Both restaurants are superb & service impeccable. Highly recommend.

Re: Looking for a French restaurant [Re: gracie5] #185497
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Originally Posted by gracie5
Been on island for 7 weeks & have eaten at La Villa & Le Cottage three times each with our guests. Both restaurants are superb & service impeccable. Highly recommend.


Both good restaurants but what really stands out for me is L'Auberge Gourmand and its consistency plus fair pricing for the quality of food. Their vegetables are also excellent but even better is that if you give them notice for something not on the menu or you have a certain request, they will do it, as opposed to others I have found. Le Pressoir was also good but did have problems with the locals bike activity in the car park opposite and the previous owners being unable to sort this out and already see there have been a few complaints from recent guests about the noise which could ruin your whole evening.

Tropicana does take some beating when it comes to really great french food. jmho though.

Re: Looking for a French restaurant [Re: bran] #185515
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Originally Posted by bran
Originally Posted by gracie5
Been on island for 7 weeks & have eaten at La Villa & Le Cottage three times each with our guests. Both restaurants are superb & service impeccable. Highly recommend.


Both good restaurants but what really stands out for me is L'Auberge Gourmand and its consistency plus fair pricing for the quality of food. ...

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Good to hear because when they first took over that restaurant their prices were higher than all the other places on Grand Case Blvd. Back the the early years when Christopher, from La Villa now, was waiter there it was excellent and priced evenly with other places.

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Does L'Auberge Gourmande still stamp "gratuity not included" on the check of American patrons? It was once our favorite Grand Case restaurant, but after they started doing that we never returned.

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Originally Posted by GaKaye
Does L'Auberge Gourmande still stamp "gratuity not included" on the check of American patrons? It was once our favorite Grand Case restaurant, but after they started doing that we never returned.


That would be a flagrant rip off!


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Originally Posted by GaKaye
Does L'Auberge Gourmande still stamp "gratuity not included" on the check of American patrons? It was once our favorite Grand Case restaurant, but after they started doing that we never returned.


That would be a flagrant rip off!


Which is why we stopped going there. Sadly, I'm sure it worked well for them. This was after Florence and Christophe left to open La Villa. We never had that problem there.

Re: Looking for a French restaurant [Re: GaKaye] #185525
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Sad. Kind of like another long-gone place on Orient that used to subtly add a 15% service charge.

I (like you) pretty much would not return to a place I felt was practicing business in that manner.


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We just went to Frenchy Ludo's last night. It is new this year, in the Simpson Bay Yacht Club. We thought it was excellent. Went early at 6:30, and were their first customer of the night. A few more came in shortly, by by 8 pm it was beginning to fill up. I had the lamb special and it was delicious. Hubby had red snapper and said it was very good. So, another good French Restaurant on the Dutch side.

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Where is it specifically? Perhaps in that restaurant which has had many different iterations, basically behind Zee Best?


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Not 100% sure but from the pictures, it looks like it is where the Charter House 1863 restaurant was most recently located.

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Originally Posted by Carol_Hill
Where is it specifically? Perhaps in that restaurant which has had many different iterations, basically behind Zee Best?


The old Saratoga.

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