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Martinique named 'Best Gourmet Island of the Year'

Caribbean Net News has news from Caribbean World Magazine:

NEW YORK, USA: Martinique's leadership position as the top Caribbean destination for culinary travel has been reaffirmed by Caribbean World Magazine, which recently named the island "Best Gourmet Island of the Year 2008." The award was presented during the 14th Caribbean World Annual Awards, held recently during World Travel Market (WTM) in London.

Le Belem at Cap Est

cap-est-martinique.gifLe Belem was ranked among the 70 best new restaurants worldwide by Conde Nast Traveler

Appetizers: €12 to €40

Main Courses: €25 to €55 (fish) and €30 to €45 (meat)

Chef: Hervé Rameau

Open: 7 days from 7:30 pm to 10:00 pm

Address: Relais et Chateaux Cap Est Lagoon Resort and Spa Le Cap Est - 97240 François

Tel & Fax: (596) 596 54 80 80 - (596) 596 596 54 88 41


Setting: Innovative and warm decoration for this fancy terrace restaurant

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La Plantation Restaurant


Meals: €60 to €100

Chef: Frederic Apiou. Renowned French Chef, issued from several Michelin rated top French restaurants such as Taillevent or Georges V

Open: Daily for lunch from 12 noon to 3:00 pm (except on Saturdays and Sundays). Daily fro Dinner from 7:00 pm to 10:30 pm (except on Sundays)

Specialty: "Foie gras, terrine"

Address: Quartier Pays Mêlé - 97232 Le Lamentin Tel & Fax: (596) 596 50 16 08 - Fax: (596) 596 50 26 83

Website: (in French only)

Setting: This modern restaurant is located on the terrace of a charming traditional colonial style house

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Martinique Restaurants on the web

Pretty hard to find individual Martinique restaurant websites on the web, and the usual suspects (Fodor's, Frommer's) list all the... usual suspects. Still, not a bad place to start I guess:

One restaurant consistently mentioned as being worth a visit is La Belle Epoque in Fort-de-France. We found a good article about this restaurant here.

Where to Eat In Martinique

The New York Times has a good article in their "affordable Caribbean" series about Martinique. They mention a few places in the dining section:

Eating cheaply with a weak dollar demands creativity. For lunch, try any of the family-style Creole restaurants all over the island, like Chez Malou (Fond Marie-Reine, Le Morne-Rouge; 011-596-596-524-151), a bric-a-brac-filled restaurant with dusty hardwood floors, just north of the Pitons du Carbet mountains. Order the prix fixe menu for 9 euros and your meal may include green salad with cod beignets, fricassee chicken with red beans and rice, and a banana rum flambé.

For French fast food with a Caribbean twist, check out the beachside cafes like Le Snack Shop, an open-air snack bar right on Les Salines Beach, that serves chicken sandwiches for 3.80 euros and grilled merguez with fries for 7 euros. For a late snack back in Pointe du Bout, go to Havana Café MAP (Le Village Créole, Pointe du Bout; 011-596-596-661-593), a tiny sidewalk cafe that serves savory crepes, like the 7.50-euro ham-and-cheese, until midnight.

For dinner that won't break the bank, try La Villa Créole (Anse Mitan, Les Trois Îlets; 011-596-596-660-553), an intimate colonial-style eatery with outdoor seating, paintings by local artists and live music. Salad with avocado and fresh fruit is 7 euros; coconut-crusted sea bass in curry sauce and yams purée is 15.50 euros.

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