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La Cigale dinner #316244
03/22/2024 07:25 AM
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Rhode Island
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Before I get to the food let me say the view is magnificent, the place magical.

We were seated at water’s edge. From there we could watch the sunset to our right. We could see the outline of Eustatia (maybe Saba?) directly ahead of us. To the right, the skyscrapers of Fourteen, newest buildings. Far right was Porto Cupecoy. at 6:30 Air France graced the skies.

Dinner started with amuse bouchée, creamy asparagus &mint purée. For appetizers we had Gravlax salmon in lemon cream. For main plate I vascillated between Canard Parmentier and Rack of Lamb. Tough choice! The lamb won. It was herb crusted, 5 ribs with stewed veggies. Tender to cut and delicious.

Don, who has been limiting his red meat intake had a tough time choosing between Black Angus fillet and veal filet. The beef won. His dish came with black truffle, potatoes and onions in a Port wine sauce. I had a taste and it melted in my mouth.

For dessert we split the Grand Marnier soufflé. As I ate I wished I’d ordered it all for myself.

All was washed down with a bottle of Sancerre. By then the stars were out, fish jumped in the water, and a lone skiff passed by.

I would go back in a heartbeat!

Last edited by RonDon; 03/22/2024 07:26 AM.
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Re: La Cigale dinner [Re: RonDon] #316246
03/22/2024 08:37 AM
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Sounds lovely and delicious. I've wanted to go here for quite a while but never heard much about it from anyone. You've got me convinced to add it into the rotation next time.

Re: La Cigale dinner [Re: RonDon] #316248
03/22/2024 08:49 AM
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Difficult to find. There’s a small sign on right coming through Terrase Basse area, just after a gas station; however, the turn is into residences. So you have to park outside on road and walk in. Restaurant is located on the water behind these buildings. Sign marks the way.

White clothed tables in the sand or on a patio. Lighted tables, and lights along the water. 5 star casual dining.

I wish Whaletail had been there to take his great photos.

Last edited by RonDon; 03/22/2024 08:51 AM.
Re: La Cigale dinner [Re: RonDon] #316253
03/22/2024 09:23 AM
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Rosemary--next time you need to invite Mr. and Mrs. Whale Tail along, to take pictures! smile It sounds fantastic. Approximately how much was the bill, if you don't mind?


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Re: La Cigale dinner [Re: Carol_Hill] #316257
03/22/2024 09:33 AM
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Carol - They actually did invite us. But our time on island is running down and we still have things to do. But we did get a rain check for next year for them to expand our culinary tastes. We will take them up on that.

Re: La Cigale dinner [Re: Whale Tail] #316258
03/22/2024 09:34 AM
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OK, sounds like you missed out! But I know how it is when time is winding down to the last couple of days.


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Re: La Cigale dinner [Re: RonDon] #316259
03/22/2024 09:40 AM
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I have a few pictures from multiple trips. This has become my favorite restaurant on the island

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Re: La Cigale dinner [Re: kim] #316266
03/22/2024 10:03 AM
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Thanks for posting, Kim. Wonderful!


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Re: La Cigale dinner [Re: RonDon] #316276
03/22/2024 10:53 AM
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We stayed in the apartments right there and for some reason never made it to the restaurant. Probably because we were more budget conscious way back when. Another interesting place right beside Le Cigale is Cote Lagon. More of a lunch place with a loyal French following. I had a good lunch there and appeared to be the only non-French there.

Re: La Cigale dinner [Re: RonDon] #316317
03/22/2024 02:58 PM
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Yes, thanks for posting, Kim. Almost some of the exact pictures that we took.

Re: La Cigale dinner [Re: RonDon] #316321
03/22/2024 03:09 PM
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all though we enjoyed our meal there, I remember the waiter or bill stating tips are not included.

Generally don't go back to places that have to "request' more money

Don't ask and you definitely get more

Re: La Cigale dinner [Re: RonDon] #316322
03/22/2024 03:23 PM
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Maho kid, I didn’t notice any mention of tips or service charge on menu and the only extra that I remember was a SXM tax. We did leave extra.

Re: La Cigale dinner [Re: RonDon] #316331
03/22/2024 05:09 PM
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SXM charges a tax now? I didn’t know that.


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Re: La Cigale dinner [Re: pat] #316332
03/22/2024 05:38 PM
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Something like a 4% on French side.

Re: La Cigale dinner [Re: RonDon] #316343
03/22/2024 06:35 PM
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We enjoyed our dinner there very much also.[img]http://[/img]

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Re: La Cigale dinner [Re: RonDon] #316346
03/22/2024 07:07 PM
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WOW. Your dining experience sounded so wonderful!

La Cigale’s soufflé is oh so good.

It’s a bit tricky to find the restaurant, but once you see the sign, you’re there! The location is beautiful and romantic.


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Re: La Cigale dinner [Re: pat] #316356
03/22/2024 07:50 PM
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Pat--French St. Martin has a 4% tax on food, been that way for a while.


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Re: La Cigale dinner [Re: RonDon] #316361
03/22/2024 09:02 PM
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I never knew that but then, we don’t eat on the French side that much anymore and when we do, I don’t think I’ve ever seen the check. I was of thinking the Dutch side and in terms of the TOT.


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Re: La Cigale dinner [Re: pat] #316365
03/22/2024 09:29 PM
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TOT is still collected but by Dutch Law can't be shown added to the check.


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