Seven More Restaurants Offering Signature Dishes at Reduced Price for November St Maarten Flavors
This week, seven more St. Maarten Restaurants joined the St. Maarten Flavors program, offering a special dish for an affordable price during the month of November for residents and visitors. Bamboo House, Irie Garden, Jai’s Contemporary Fusion Cuisine, Pineapple Pete’s, Pink Pearl, Sale & Pepe and Spices of India have joined a list of 15 restaurants becoming part of the program over the past months.
During the month of November, the St. Maarten Flavors program will showcase the great variety of culinary delights St. Maarten has to offer. Enrolled restaurants offer great deals to patrons ranging from samplers or one course bites, starting at $17.50 to full three course dining experiences at $49. Revenues of the event will be used to launch a new generation of St. Maarten culinary talents to the next edition of the prestigious “Taste of the Caribbean” event in Miami in 2023.
In addition to the restaurants joining up, new restaurants have revealed their signature dishes that will be presented during the St. Maarten Flavors month of November. Japanese born Seema Vaswani of Bold Buddha will bring both elements of her country of birth as well as of the country where she was raised, India, into her menu. The November menu will start with Ground Lamb meat kebabs, marinated for hours in a Spicy cashew paste served with wasabi ginger soy. The signature main course will be Macadamia Crusted Wild Caught Salmon, Dipped in Caribbean rum, marinated in a special mix of Bold Buddha’s own Tandoori spice, crusted with roasted macadamia and lightly pan seared, finally topped with Orange – Lime – Zest, finished in the oven. The special will be served with Tostones accompanied with organic pineapple – avocado mash and Basmati rice with cardamom and saffron, optionally topped with dab of hot Ghee just before serving. The recently opened Boardwalk restaurant will finish its meal off with baked Nectarine with Plum Jelly with mascarpone and thyme served with honey on the side.
Seema: “I spent many years of my life enjoying various Asian cuisines, then life took me to India for 15 years and finally to my favorite rock St. Maarten for the past 22 years. I was very excited to open a restaurant that can showcase my special recipes which I have always brought to the table for my family and friends. St. Maarten flavors allows me to bring to you the same taste that has been enjoyed by my close ones for decades”.
Chef Julio Haynes of Pure Ocean at Divi Little Bay Resort announced the restaurant’s three course dinner as being composed of an appetizer of Goat Cheese Salad with fig, walnuts, mesclun lettuce, cherry tomatoes with a herb-citrus vinaigrette. As a main course, the restaurant offers Sundried Tomato Crusted Cod with Grilled Asparagus, Fresh Green Beans and Corn Salad, Baby Potato and Curry Coconut Fume. Coffee Crème Brulee will be the dessert, topped with wild berries compote.
In addition to the prix fix menus, many restaurants will offer activities on the side. Those interested in the St. Maarten Flavors month hosted by the St. Maarten Hospitality & Trade Association (SHTA), the St. Maarten Tourism Bureau (STB) and PDG Supplies are more than welcome to contact email@example.com and joining the St. Maarten Flavors newsletter. Details are also available at www.stmaartenflavors.com
St. Maarten Restaurants Start Preparing for November’s St. Maarten Flavors
Over the past weeks, more than 15 St. Maarten restaurants have commenced their preparations for St. Maarten Flavors, which signifies Culinary Month in November, highlighting the variety of flavors on island. Not only will restaurants be offering a signature three course meal for residents and visitors to enjoy, specialty drinks and other experiences will be presented alongside the dishes.
Restaurants currently working on a special November St Maarten Flavors Menu are amongst others Aziana, Bold Buddha, Bovin Steakhouse, Dutch Blonde Beach Bar, Emilio’s, Infinity, Jax Steakhouse, La Patrona, Ocean Lounge, Pure Ocean, Topper’s, SALT, Three Amigos and Veranda Market & Bistro.
Holland House is among the first to announce its culinary activities during the Flavors Festival through its Ocean Lounge restaurant, located on Philipsburg’s landmark boardwalk. Celebrated St. Maarten Master Chef, Wendell Lawrence, has composed a terrific menu, starting off with a Pan Seared Sesame Tuna Tataki, Wasabi Foam, Wakame and Soy Glaze, followed by the main course consisting of Pan Seared Steak with Smoked Butter, Crispy Onions, Triple Fried Potato Chips and Emulsion. The final course will be a Banana Creme Brûlée with a scoop of Vanilla Ice Cream. For the ultimate experience Ocean Lounge offer additional enhancing features with, daily wine pairing options and guest DJs and live music on Fridays nights.
Director & General Manager Paul Boetekees is elated to participate: “We are inviting local and visiting “foodies” alike to explore the variety of cuisines St. Maarten offers. These cuisines range from local style street food to fine dining restaurants. St. Maarten is known to feature a record amount of restaurants per square mile worldwide!” As with the other participating restaurants, Ocean Lounge will provide its signature menu for $49 every day of the week this upcoming November.
Further down on Philipsburg’s famed boardwalk, Asian Fusion restaurant Aziana brings a St. Maarten Flavors course set true to the renowned strengths of the managing Wong family, Indonesian – Asian cuisine.
Aziana’s three course menu offer starts with Vegetarian Spring and Shrimp Tempura rolls, followed by a main course of Nasi, Babi Pangang and Chicken Sate combination. Vegetarians have the option of a Spicy Mock duck with choice of one side. All of the above will be topped off with a Coconut Speculaas Cheesecake Mousse topped with Passion Fruit and Berry Sauce.
The Wong family stands proud of their chef Ado: “This three course menu combines all we embody as Aziana – a mix of Indonesian, Asian flavors with touches of kingdom delicacies”. Aziana offers a peek into its renowned kitchen during St. Maarten Flavors month by offering complimentary “Do It Yourself Sushi” Masterclasses on November 5th and 26th. Organizers suggest to make reservations early as seating is limited.
During the month of November, St. Maarten Flavors showcases the great variety of culinary delights St. Maarten has to offer. Restaurants from both sides of the island can enroll in this program at a modest rate, with discounted rates for members of the SHTA. Details are available at www.stmaartenflavors.com. Those enrolled offer great deals to patrons ranging from samplers or one course bites, starting at $17.50 to full three course dining experiences at $49. Revenues of the event will be used to launch a new generation of St. Maarten culinary talents to the next edition of the prestigious “Taste of the Caribbean” event in Miami in 2023.
For more information about St. Maarten Flavors hosted by the St. Maarten Hospitality & Trade Association (SHTA), the St. Maarten Tourism Bureau (STB) and PDG Supplies are more than welcome to contact firstname.lastname@example.org and joining the St. Maarten Flavors newsletter.
Picture: Master Chef Wendell Laurence from Ocean Lounge Holland House Hotel
November Manifested as St. Maarten’s Culinary Month Through “St. Maarten Flavors”
Aug 8, 2022
Culinary Month, SHTA, STB Philipsburg, St. Maarten — The St. Maarten Tourism Bureau and the St. Maarten Hospitality and Trade Association jointly announce November as St. Maarten’s Culinary Month through its initiative “St. Maarten Flavors”.
During the month of November, participating restaurants will design a special prix fix menu of either 3 courses or one, highlighting their specialties. St. Maarten is known for offering an exquisite variety of culinary delights island wide and is often referred to as the “Culinary Capital of the Caribbean”. Besides showcasing food specialties during the month of November, restaurants will implement additional activations to make the dining experience even more unique.