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St. Martin/St. Maarten Restaurant & Dining Reviews
Paris Bistro 01/08/2004
Reviewers Rating: Excellent
We went to Paris Bistro in Maho on Friday 2 Jan. First, a bistro is not the place for a quiet dinner. They generally are boisterous, serving good food and lots of it at good prices. This one is all of that plus being in St Maarten rather than Paris, it is essentially open to the outside air year round. In addition, it's across from Casino Royale at the Maho complex and although the casino isn't very noisy, every evening at about 9PM, the dancers from the stage show come out of the casino, stop traffic as they dance across the street, up the steps next to the Bistro, and perform for about ten minutes on the Maho Plaza. They then dance back across the street, stopping traffic again. If that isn't happening, Cheri's Cafe, next to the Casino has live bands six nights per week. Not to be outdone, Paris Bistro has Chocolate Sax Watts playing sax and clarinet three nights a week.
OK, we've determined that it won't be an intimate evening, but what about the food. As you enter the restaurant you pass a cart filled with ice and loaded with fresh seafood. If you like seafood, you no longer need a menu. We started with mussels marinieres (only $7), plump tasty mussels in a white wine, shallots, parsley, and onion. They were extremely good and the broth was fabulous. For dinner we choose a snapper in pastry ($18.50) off the menu (rather than whole grilled snapper from the cart) and ouassous (fresh water shrimp, $27). The snapper arrived in a crispy wrapper with a slightly spicy sauce, a roasted shallot, rice, and a carefully shaped bit of ratatouille. Plenty of food at a good price, but a bit above bistro fare both in the preparation and presentation. The ouassous were a bit pricy, but we've paid $40 for them elsewhere on the island a few years ago. We ordered a Crose-Hermitage, and with a bottle of Badoit water our bill was $87, or just over $100 with a tip. If you like a bit of entertainment with your meal, you can't do much better than this. They even have a kid's menu and there were several large tables with several children having a great time.

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