Cafe Martinique Bahamas

Cafe Martinique Atlantis Bahamas

If you ever watch the movie Thunderball, you’ll see the original Cafe Martinique Bahamas. Dining in the renovated version is like a trip back in time, like having dinner at a millionaire’s house in French Colonial times. In fact, the first time I entered the restaurant, the piano player and wait staff in white jackets made me feel like I was stepping into the movie Casablanca.

The restaurant is in the Marina Village at Atlantis; however, once you step inside, you’re worlds away from the hustle and bustle of the resort. An old-fashioned birdcage elevator takes you up the one flight to the restaurant, or you can walk up the broad, richly carpeted stairs.

Cafe Martinique Atlantis Bahamas

Ask Emerald, the friendly barman, to make you the house cocktail, the Casino Royale

Go early so you can have a drink at the bar while waiting for your table. Or just have drinks here. Pretty armchairs and antique couches provide an elegant spot, or watch the sun set over the marina from out on the lovely veranda.

Cafe Martinique Atlantis veranda

Cosy veranda at Cafe Martinique Bahamas dressed up for Christmas

Once your table is ready, you're escorted past the piano, where a singer's soft melodies serenade the patrons. Impeccable service and the exquisite food of celebrated chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten make this a sumptuous, epicurean feast.

If at all possible, get the seven course Tasting Menu with the impeccable accompaniment of the carefully selected Wine Pairings. If you do, though, be sure to pace yourself because dessert is well worth the wait! (In 2007, the price was $145 for the Tasting Menu and $100 for the Wine Pairings)

Here's an example of the Tasting Menu and Wine Pairings:

Egg Caviar

Moet & Chandon White Star, Epernay

Rice Cracker Crusted Tuna, Striacha-Citrus Emulsion

Chateau Ste. Michelle Riesling, Washington

Foie Gras and Vanilla Brulee, Quince-Pineapple Compote

Domaine des Sablonnettes Coteasux du Layon Fleurs d'Erables, Loire

Nassau Grouper, Aromatic Black Beans and Autumn Vegetables

Conundrum, Napa

Bahamian Lobster Tartine, Lemongrass and Fenugreek Broth, Peas Shoots

Mas de la Rouviere Bandol Rose, Provence

Roasted Lamb Chop, Chili Crumbs and Braised Artichokes

Villa Mt. Eden Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa

Dessert tasting

Saint-Croix-du-Mont, Chateau des Deux Lions, Bordeaux

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