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Trip Report Day 1 and 2 Grand Case #313729
02/16/2024 09:12 PM
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We have stayed in Grand Case quite a few times, but were last here in 2022, a lot has changed in the 2 years since we were gone.

For those who are watching clearing immigration times, seems like a lot of variation. We were the last few off the American plane ( Airbus 319 ) and were the last bus, which was half empty and stopped a few times to avoid a plane and other traffic. By the time we arrived to arrivals , we were in and picked up our luggage in under 10 minutes. Course, 2 large planes landed after us, TMMV.

The first night, Thursday, we ate at Cynthias Talk of the town, shrimp and rice and beans were very good. On our walk there we stopped by La Villa to see if how they were doing. They said business is great and we made reservations for later in the week, they were already booked solid for Friday and Saturday. Further up, we did make reservations at Oceans82 for tonight, and were able to get porch, but not first row. Since Irma, I don't recall ever making reservations. Also noticed a number of new, if to us restaurants. Java is on the water side and seems to have a nice deck, menu is mediterranean , and Korner is also on the water, the menu is attached. Both are at the end closest to Ocean82. At the other end, next to Capt Frenchy's is a new place Tropics - they rented chairs and served food, but they said the kitchen closed at 6 pm. Rainbow is still closed, makes for a much quieter and relaxing time. They are working on the church, looks like roof is progressing quite well. And a new set of kiosks- huts, are on the land side, only a few were open tonight, one selling clothing, one looks like a bar.

Oceans82 was good and then so so. I have linguine with clams - excellent, my wife had the snapper and the potato au gratin- very good. Things went a bit off the rails for dessert. In the past, their pastry chef made some great creations, one was a lemon dessert, in the shape and color and texture of a lemon on the outside, a lemon curd center, and a grahman cracker bottom - divine. The lemon was still on the menu - but clearly a different chef. Appearance from the outside was similar, but inside was mostly bland cream, with a small amount of lemon custard. My wife's creme brule did not have much flavor. Sorry to pick on their dessert, but in the past it had been a real high point. The mains still were good and there was a fair amount of entertainment. Whenever lobster was ordered, the staff would bring out the live lobster for approval. Several diners got the salt encrusted sole, a separate table was rolled out where the fish was removed from the salt and the bones removed and the fish plated.

Walked out of the restaurant a little after 7 and most of the places were packed.

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Re: Trip Report Day 1 and 2 Grand Case [Re: barryvabeach] #313730
02/16/2024 09:29 PM
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Thanks for the report and some lovely pictures!! Carry on.


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Re: Trip Report Day 1 and 2 Grand Case [Re: barryvabeach] #313732
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Welcome back Barry and do enjoy your vacation .

Re: Trip Report Day 1 and 2 Grand Case [Re: barryvabeach] #313733
02/17/2024 09:00 AM
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La Villa is on our list for next trip. I've heard a lot about how great it is. Enjoy.

Re: Trip Report Day 1 and 2 Grand Case [Re: barryvabeach] #313734
02/17/2024 09:24 AM
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Thanks for the post, Barry. You've given us thought for some new places to try on our March visit.

You mentioned LaVilla bookings. Would you believe we already booked for March because we heard they we packed lately, and we could NOT get our preferred time but we did get a booking. And at first I thought it might be too early to book.

Re: Trip Report Day 1 and 2 Grand Case [Re: barryvabeach] #313736
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Sorry to hear about the lemon dessert at Ocean 82. When I was there in December it was the excellent one you had in the past! So, maybe just an off night?

Re: Trip Report Day 1 and 2 Grand Case [Re: barryvabeach] #313750
02/17/2024 03:57 PM
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Rondon, smart to make that reservation. As to the dessert at Oceans82, could be an off night, but the dessert was not just a bit off it was totally different

Re: Trip Report Day 1 and 2 Grand Case [Re: barryvabeach] #313751
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I think I read on here somewhere that the pastry chef from Ocean 82 recently started his own bakery and you could get the lemon dessert there? I've searched everything I can think of, but can't find it. Was hoping to stop by and grab some pastries and desserts after visiting Orient.


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Re: Trip Report Day 1 and 2 Grand Case [Re: barryvabeach] #313758
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Well, last Thanksgiving time next to Leader Price shopping are near Hope Estate a new Bakery/Boulangerie popped up.

It had lemons and tons of stuff, plus a nice French guy explaining his goods. Probably the place?

Bakery

SÉBASTIEN QUILLERE PÂTISSERIE

Re: Trip Report Day 1 and 2 Grand Case [Re: barryvabeach] #313761
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Thanks for the info . We will certainly try to go by there, perhaps tommorrow. It was that good that it will be worth the trip . When we asked the waitress what they had for dessert, she said that the molten chocolate cake was the chef's special. If you have seen the movie "Chef" you would understand that staking your reputation on that as a signature dessert is a pretty low bar.

Re: Trip Report Day 1 and 2 Grand Case [Re: barryvabeach] #313762
02/17/2024 08:01 PM
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Maybe the chefs molten chocolate cake is fixed in a way that is a signature.

Re: Trip Report Day 1 and 2 Grand Case [Re: erb923] #313777
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Originally Posted by erb923
Well, last Thanksgiving time next to Leader Price shopping are near Hope Estate a new Bakery/Boulangerie popped up.

It had lemons and tons of stuff, plus a nice French guy explaining his goods. Probably the place?

Bakery

SÉBASTIEN QUILLERE PÂTISSERIE


Yes! Thank you! Will add it to my list.


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Re: Trip Report Day 1 and 2 Grand Case [Re: barryvabeach] #313780
02/18/2024 07:01 AM
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We too went to a Patisserie in Hope Estate but not sure if that was the same place. If it is and he has that "to die for" lemon dessert, I may be eating that daily, lol.

Last year I too was disappointed with Ocean82's so called lemon dessert; and hubby said his molten chocolate cake tasted like something that should have come packaged like a twinkie or chocolate cupcake. Rest of the meal was just okay so this restaurant is not on our list for 2024.

Another great dessert for us was Paris Breast served at be cool restaurant. I can't even describe it so creamy and piled high, and shaped like...well the name says it all.

Re: Trip Report Day 1 and 2 Grand Case [Re: SXMScubaman] #313798
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And you get JC! There is a table up a couple of steps kind up on its own a little more private that you can reserve if it's available. Great food!

Re: Trip Report Day 1 and 2 Grand Case [Re: barryvabeach] #313801
02/18/2024 11:01 AM
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Thanks for the report and pictures. La Villa and Ocean 82 are our favorite dinner spots in Grand Case. The eggplant / walnut / honey appetizer and pistachio creme brulee at La Villa are honestly two of the best-tasting memories I can recall. I look forward to reading about the remainder of your trip!

Re: Trip Report Day 1 and 2 Grand Case [Re: barryvabeach] #313828
02/18/2024 08:02 PM
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Taraavo, thanks, I read each of your reports and made notes about what we would do this trip based on those notes.

Unfortunately, Sebastien is closed on Monday, so it will have to be Tuesday.


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