Le Tamarin

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Nestled amongst palm trees in a beautifully lit garden in Saline, Tamarin creates an aura of tranquillity unmatched on the island. It’s a truly magical setting, an oasis from the heat, with a trickling water feature and famously friendly Parrot (Cooky), who might just say hello. Le Tamarin is consistently ranked as one of the top restaurants in St Barts.

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Food is served in the tropical garden or covered overlooking the lily ponds and it has a distinctly French/Caribbean feel. On the menu, you’ll find exotic salads, fresh pasta, grilled meats, and fish. The simple, but delicious yellow fin tuna ceviche with lime and coconut milk is always a good choice to start off, especially if you then treat yourself to the grilled wagyu picanha beef with “kobe style” chipotle pepper béarnaise sauce and home-made French fries. They also have an excellent, mainly French based wine list.

You can’t visit Tamarin without sampling their signature cocktails – there’s a spicy jalapeño and passion fruit margarita and a ‘Bacon Manhattan’ (yes, really – it’s made with bacon-infused whiskey!), which pairs perfectly with the thin slices of Pata Negra ham you can order from the garden menu. We also recommend booking a table few weeks in advance as Le Tamarin is extremely popular.

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