Hello Hello Hello to my fellow foodies! Who says you have to take a trip to France for authentic French food? Well, look no further because I found one right here in Jamaica. Though I’ve mostly only visited the restaurants located on the north, south and west coasts of Jamaica, I think I’ve visited my fair share of every type of restaurant in Jamaica and I can safely say this is perhaps my most outstanding discovery.
In all honesty, I hardly know where to begin this review because I’m still in shock from the discovery we found in the unlikeliest location, across the street from Jewel Paradise Cove in Runaway Bay, Jamaica. I actually found out about this gem from my mother. She went on a dinner date with her girlfriends and ever since then she could not stop sharing her unforgettable dining experience. After weeks of listening to her pretty much brag about this French restaurant, we decided to take a family trip to visit L’ Escargot.
Set in the heart of Runaway Bay, Jamaica and oddly located between two strip malls off the main road, L’Escargot is a hidden gem that has captured a little of true France. From the hustle and bustle of the two major cities of Montego Bay or Kingston, L’Escargot is roughly a little over an hours drive, via the North Coast highway to a quaint, cozy and very charming restaurant.
From the white door archway through which you enter underneath the stairs, to the French inspired artwork, the hanging copper pots, the dimly lit atmosphere, instrumental piano music playing in the background or the waiters dressed in red berets. L’Escargot set the scene for an unforgettable French dining experience.
We had the option of either dining on the inside or below a huge almond tree on the outside and opted for the romantic interior. Once we selected our table, we were greeted by our waiter for the evening, Marlon. Not only was he courteous but also very cordial. It was clear to us that he was very knowledgable of the vast menu because he was able to break down every single option on the menu and he went as far as making some helpful recommendations as well.
Offerings on the menu included traditional French favourites like escargot, onion soup, pâté and coq au vin. There were also more modern options like smoked blue marlin, crab backs and grilled calamari.
Our sumptuous food adventures continued through to main course. My lobster in Tarragon wine sauce was mouth-wateringly melty, and the side of roasted potatoes and seasoned vegetable were equally heavenly. Again, I wasn’t the only one enjoying my meal. From the seared salmon in a creamy dill wine sauce, the grilled giant prawns in orange curry and the sea bass in caviar sauce. My family members exclaimed how their meals were bursting with flavor and cooked to perfection. I do think they could have been a little less heavy on the sauce, but I suppose that’s a matter of opinion [I just don’t like too much sauce].
For desert we ordered crêpes and creme caramel. Both of which were rich in robust flavors. I think the moments of silence among a very chatty family showed just how much we were enjoying every moment of our dining experience at L’Escargot.
From start to finish we loved every moment spent at L’Escargot. From the exquisite music, traditional decor and a classic French cuisine mixed in with a hint of Jamaica, I highly, highly highly recommend L’Escargot.
I personally found our entire meal to be fairly priced and a definite revisit is in the near future! Thank you for such a memorable evening. Merci beacoup to the wonderful chef Neville and our waiter Marlon. Talk Soon. Nuff Love, Natasha ♥