For a small island, the drive to Sofitel to visit La Mer does seem something of a trek. But the fact that the seafood is so good and the restaurant is perched atop the Tapas bar, right at the end of the jetty on the water, means you can ask for a table out on the deck and enjoy the sound of waves rippling in as you eat.
You can choose from an impressive fish market-style display of fresh local and international catch and watch it cooked before your eyes in the open kitchen or opt for the menu items which include meat and vegetarian options for those not of a fishy persuasion.
A personal favourite is the seared salmon but they also turn out a mean scallops, it’s supposed to be a starter but we ordered a main course portion and were delighted with the pistachio crusting which set off the taste of the flesh perfectly.
I’d been warned to leave room for dessert and ordered the chocolate dome, which proved the perfect way to finish the meal. Perfectly semi-circular with a crisp outer chocolate coating giving way to an interior of melt-in-the-mouth mousse, it should have been too rich to finish but actually proved too good to leave behind. The Pavlova with berries and berry coulis was equally rich in both texture and flavour making this a venue I’d be happy to visit just for bubbles and desserts on the deck. LO. +973 1763 6363. Sofitel.com