This elegant cottage colony is the top dining spot in the parish for classic cuisine and also for innovative fare. Tamarisk boasts impeccable service. A dress-up place, it makes local eateries such as the Frog & Onion look publike.
The formal and very large dining room has the kind of decor you might associate with an extremely sophisticated country club: tones of salmon and lime-green in big-patterned jungle themes, limed wood, and a heavily trussed and beamed ceiling. In warm weather, sliding glass doors extend the dining area onto a rambling, east-facing terrace that overlooks the bay.
At lunch, you're likely to come across platters of chicken-macadamia salad, a signature pita-bread sandwich (stuffed, California-style, with chicken salad, avocado slices, and bean sprouts), and some of the best cheeseburgers in the parish. The dinner menu changes every night, and depending on the season, might include a mousse of foie gras; shrimp cocktail; snails in garlic butter; chargrilled vegetables fashioned into a spicy terrine; grilled lobster tail with drawn butter; tamarind-glazed mahi-mahi; duck breast roulade; pan-seared sea scallops with mango, pineapple, sweet chile salsa, and saffron oil; and a rack of lamb with mustard and garden-herb crust. Dessert might include a terrine of prunes with vanilla ice cream. Live entertainment is featured April through October.
- © Frommer's 2013
- Highly Recommended 2010