CuisineFrench, Caribbean, Cajun or Creole
FeaturesGreat design, Local haunt
A 200-year-old tamarind tree marks the entrance of this lovely, atmospheric restaurant, which is a perfect stopover on the way to Salines Beach. Run by a young couple, Julie and Paco, Tamarin is easygoing by day, and more lively and convivial at night, when the expansive garden is lit, people have migrated to the foosball and ping pong tables, and the cocktails are flowing. Some tables are set in the garden itself, while others are sheltered under the main building and overlook lily-pad-lined ponds. The menu has a bit of everything: pan-fried foie gras, tuna tartare, chicken and hummus salad, and gambas a la plancha with soba noodles. If you’re just coming for drinks, head to the lounge in the back.