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 Barth. We never leave the island without at least one visit to this magical restaurant.

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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 inspired by head chef Jérôme Lebeau and his team. 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 josper grilled “kobe style” wagyu picanha beef with chimichurri sauce and mashed potatoes. 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. Tamarin recently launched a garden hour for the 2021 and 2022 season. Join them for a selection tapas and inventive cocktails. We also recommend booking a table a few weeks in advance as Le Tamarin is extremely popular.

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