One of the meats we look forward to eating on the island is duck. In fact our first time eating it was in Grand Case. I never even imagined we would enjoy it so much. Duck is a rich and flavorful treat not readily available in the states. Restaurants rarely offer it and when they do, it’s expensive.
St. Martin has spoiled us in so many ways. There is a first time for many things here. Just another reason to return. We go out of our way to make sure duck is on the menu with each trip. The French side, especially, has no shortage of options. Our food porn friend declares Le Piment to have the best duck on the island. They switch up the accompanying sauce making it hard to have a favorite. He also introduced us to Alina’s duck sushi. The outermost layer of the roll is wrapped with cooked duck pieces. It was a surprisingly tasty combination that is worth repeating.
In Marigot, O’Plongoire serves up a delicious version with a reasonable price. We’ve repeatedly treated ourselves here.
This past winter we had the privilege to be invited to home cooked versions. It is easy to find in the Super U. We were so thrilled that our friend Tanja treated us to a meal. She’s an awesome cook. Our duck dinner began with a with duck breast salad and then the main dish with a lovely sauce. We had visitors in February who also cooked for us. Lee allowed us to observe part of the process. Duck confit, the fat is rendered and saved. The legs were then browned on the stove top. He usually finishes them off on the grill but it wasn’t available. His side dish of smashed potatoes was cooked in the duck fat which was quite memorable topped with rosemary. He made it all look so easy. We appreciated our friends’ generous hospitality and culinary skills. We hope they’ll invite us again next year!
Sitting here in the states, I’m missing the island’s warmth, our friends, and access to amazing options like duck. At least living by a lake I’ll enjoy watching the ducks while reminiscing.