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This and that #312349
01/23/2024 11:39 AM
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Yesterday we really enjoyed beach time at Dinghy’s. It was very windy but the water was great. I thought the beach service was excellent. Several times Riley our atttendant adjusted our cabana canopy due to wind. The rum punch was delicious and when we were done we walked up to the restaurant for lunch. I had a Buffalo chicken salad but turned into a grilled wrap with truffle fries. We also had chicken Caesar wrap and the ribs / creole rice plate. All were quite good for a lunch. I’d go back here if I planned more beach time or just to hang out for drinks. Wouldn’t go JUST for the food.

Happy hour at La Playa is our new favorite this trip. It has the best vibe and the bartender who I think everyone calls GP makes great drinks. He does old fashioneds in a way I’ve never had and wasn’t sure I would like but they’re quite good. He also makes a nice martini.

Our dinner at L’Atier was excellent. My husband claims it was his favorite meal he’s ever had on the island. They specialize in the finest imported butcher cuts. We ordered a lot of food but there were three of us at this meal (we are traveling with a family member ). Foi Gras appetizer, bruschetta with prosciutto, lamb entree, a French beef cut similiar to a NY strip, and I ordered the best duck I can remember having. The fat was rendered perfectly. Sides were truffle risotto, mashed potatoes, and pasta. Dessert was rum creme brûlée and apple tart. After some great cocktails at the bar we managed to meander home.

More to come.

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Re: This and that [Re: taraavo] #312350
01/23/2024 11:41 AM
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So, I have to ask. Was the Truffle risotto with ACTUAL truffles? Or was it truffle oil?

Re: This and that [Re: taraavo] #312352
01/23/2024 12:08 PM
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I don’t recall seeing truffle SHAVINGS as I didn’t order it but I did taste the dish and it did not have that chemical taste that “truffle” oil often has. Given the extreme high quality of the other ingredients and dishes, I would be surprised if he’s not infusing the three truffle sides on the menu with actual truffle.

Re: This and that [Re: taraavo] #312353
01/23/2024 12:10 PM
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Food looks very good. Thanks for posting the menu at L’Atelier. I have to say, especially since I assume the menu is in Euro, it seems kind of expensive.


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Re: This and that [Re: Carol_Hill] #312354
01/23/2024 12:14 PM
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It was a, if not THE splurge of the trip for sure Carol. But everything was so good, the food, ambience, service. The owner personally presents and explains the menu to each table. It was a definite treat.

Re: This and that [Re: taraavo] #312355
01/23/2024 12:25 PM
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Thanks for sharing your experiences. We're already booked for 2 weeks on the Dutch side this year but thinking we’ll have to do one week by Orient next year. Your descriptions make it very appealing.

Re: This and that [Re: taraavo] #312356
01/23/2024 12:32 PM
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taraavo--glad you enjoyed it.


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Re: This and that [Re: taraavo] #312361
01/23/2024 03:55 PM
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where is A'tler?

Re: This and that [Re: RonDon] #312365
01/23/2024 04:30 PM
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RonDon--not sure exactly where, but pretty sure it is in the square at Orient Village.


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Re: This and that [Re: RonDon] #312367
01/23/2024 05:11 PM
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Originally Posted by RonDon
where is A'tler?



L’Atelier is in the back corner of the Orient Village restaurant area. Definitely email a reservation and he will confirm with you the day prior.

Re: This and that [Re: taraavo] #312368
01/23/2024 05:25 PM
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Yes, the bartender at La Playa is GP, which is short for Guy Pierre, and he makes fabulous cocktails. He had his own little bar at Kakao for years before Irma. Tell him that Georgia said to make you a Caipirinha.

We're spending two nights at La Playa in November, before our timeshare weeks, so hearing about the restaurants in the village is definitely of interest to us. Thanks for the reviews and pictures!!

Re: This and that [Re: GaKaye] #312373
01/23/2024 08:55 PM
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Originally Posted by GaKaye
Yes, the bartender at La Playa is GP, which is short for Guy Pierre, and he makes fabulous cocktails. He had his own little bar at Kakao for years before Irma. Tell him that Georgia said to make you a Caipirinha.

We're spending two nights at La Playa in November, before our timeshare weeks, so hearing about the restaurants in the village is definitely of interest to us. Thanks for the reviews and pictures!!



Thanks Georgia for confirming his name ! I’ll be sure to mention you tomorrow. He has proven to be a real treat while we’ve witnessed others thinking him a sourpuss. Tonight he came out of the bar to serve us personally even though there were servers. A definite repeat for future trips for us. Also had a great spa experience at La Playa today.


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