Editor’s note: Picking up where we left of a couple weeks ago, we’re providing UC reader Geren Lockhart with even more guidance on the best of Guadeloupe by sharing a handy list of the destination’s top restaurants! Once again, the info comes courtesy of our new friend and Gwada-native Sandra Venite. Here’s the list…
For scenic seaside dining in Pointe-à-Pitre, La Canne a Sucre is a great choice. Menu items feature a subtle blend of Southern France and the Caribbean, with various other international flavors mixed in, including spicy nouvelle creole cuisine. Seafood dishes are as fresh as can be, direct from the sea to your plate! This is also where you can enjoy the best views of the Pointe-à-Pitre harbour, so be sure to reserve a table out on the terrace.
If you like wine with your meal, then check out Côté Jardin. Located in the Pointe-à-Pitre Marina, this chic, upscale eatery with an impressive wine list serves mostly French favorites that are as authentic as it gets. You can even find boeuf charolais imported direct from France on the menu! Those more partial to local fare won’t be disappointed either as there are a few refined Creole dishes on the menu, including a scrumptious catch of the day with Creole sauce.
Iguane Cafe in St-Françoise, Grande-Terre offers one of the more dynamic dining experiences in Guadeloupe. The menu here is constantly evolving with African, Asian, Indian, French, and Creole influences all employed in ever-new and more inventive ways by acclaimed Chef Sylvain Serouart. Hopefully you can get a taste of the fabulous fillet of sea bream grilled with spices, tomato rougaille, and Basmati rice – a real treat!
Auberge de la Vieille Tour in Gosier; Grande-Terre is another great gourmet option. You’ll find traditional French cuisine here with some nice fusion touches in a romantic setting built around an 18th century sugar mill. Creole cuisine is featured on Thursday and Sunday nights.
Tamarind chicken, lobster ravioli, spiced saddle of rabbit, and some truly amazing desserts are among the inventive creations served by French-born chef (and pastry master) Philippe Dadé at Ti Kaz’ la in Terre-de-Haut, Les Saintes. The open-air bar and dining area here are right up against the sea, so you can settle in the sea after your meal.
Chez Henri in Sant Louis, Marie-Galante is a chic, modern restaurant named for the chef-owner Henri Vergerolle who returned to Guadeloupe after many years in France and created this culinary-cultural hive that buzzes with music, art and dining. The creole omelet is a must, as well as the catch of the day, fresh from the sea and served with Caribe sauce.
All of these restaurants serve great desserts, but for something really special, don’t miss David Vignau, Maitre Chocolatier in the Destreland Commercial Center in Baie-Mahault. His delicious chocolate, macaroons, and haute pastisseries will leave you speechless!
Thanks again, Sandra, for sharing such great info and tips on Guadeloupe! You certainly have me wishing I was in Geren’s shoes and heading to Guadeloupe right now! We’ll have even more tips from Sandra to share in the coming weeks, so stay tuned…
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