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5 Tasty Restaurants in Guadeloupe

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With a multiplicity of local bistros and restaurants, Guadeloupe stands out as one of the most illustrious Caribbean destinations in terms of cuisine.

From African to French-Creole dishes, this small Caribbean country can only be bested by a few in terms of gastronomical delightfulness.

Visitors can enjoy the nation’s best offerings in fine style at the following five restaurants.

1. Iguane Cafe

True to its French name, Iguane Cafe offers elegant, French style dining. On the other hand, their acclaimed chef, Sylvain Serouart, frequently updates the menu to include African, Asian, Indian, and Creole specials. Such dishes are always employed in ever-new and more inventive ways to soothe the palette and fashion the name that this restaurant has created for itself.

Choices here include the fillet of sea bream grilled with spices, tomato rougaille, and Basmati rice. In particular, special and quite exotic seafood dishes are also served; these include lobster and sea urchin.

2. Auberge de la Vieille Tour

Like Iguane Cafe, Auberge de la Vieille Tour is another French gourmet choice. Guests will 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 various selections of dessert are among the inventive creations served by French-born chef (and pastry master) Philippe Dadé.

3. L’O

Offering a healthy mix of Creole and French recipes, L’O is located along the waterfront. Combing good food with a great scenery, the establishment has become a favorite hangout spot for locals and tourists alike who yearn for food within a laid back and peaceful ambience.
L’O is open every evening from Tuesday to Friday. On Saturdays and Sundays, it only opens for lunch. The restaurant is closed on Mondays.

As the sun or the moon reflects off the lagoon, guests can enjoy the creativity and passion of Chef Christophe Leval. Though quite diverse, the restaurant mostly serves up Creole flavors mixed with other elements every now and then.

4. La Canne a Sucre

For those who like seaside dining, La Canne a Sucre may just be the perfect choice. From here, guests can enjoy views of the Pointe-à-Pitreharbour. As one might expect, along with the great scenery is fresh seafood, from the sea to the fire and finally one’s plate.

Menu items include a slight mixture of dishes from Southern France and the Caribbean. While those cuisine choices are the most popular, other international flavors are mixed in as well.

For the best views of the harbor, be sure to book a table out on the terrace where the views combined with the fresh air and quietness will create the kind of tranquility suitable for a quiet dinner with that special one.

5. CôtéJardin

CôtéJardin specializes in one of the most important elements of French cuisine, fine wine. A chic, upscale and modern eatery, CôtéJardin boast an eclectic menu of wines. Most of the selections are as expected, of authentic French flavors. As an example, the restaurants offers boeuf charolais imported direct from France.

The menu typically includes local dishes prepared in inventive ways. Additionally, refined Creole dishes are also served.

Undoubtedly, when visiting Guadeloupe, visitors will have a chance to sample some of the most delicious food found anywhere in the Caribbean.

All the discerning tourist needs to do is make a little advance planning to ensure a taste of the wide selection of culinary choices on the islands. Remember, this is one of the only places in the world where visitors can enjoy French/Caribbean cuisine all in one.

Scott S. Bateman is a professional journalist who has traveled widely throughout the Caribbean and the America.
February 17, 2020