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EAT * LIVE * LOVE WITH FLAVOR

 

Our History

In 1994, Dino Jagtiani became the first St Maarten born son to ever graduate from the world renowned culinary institute of America. He accepted a position at the then Sheraton Port de Plaisance, as a line cook (many people remember Dino flipping omelettes at Sunday brunch) and worked his way up to Chef de Partie learning, as he went the many lessons of managing a kitchen in the Caribbean. In 1995, after hurricane Luis chef dino jagtianihit the island and closed the hotel, Dino went back to the CIA and completed his Bachelor’s degree. A rare opportunity to do a stage at the famed L’Espinasse at the St Regis Hotel with Chef Grey Kunz ended after 10 minutes after Dino showed up to work with a dirty apron.

 

Our Vision

In 2002, Dino returned to St Maarten to pursue his life-long dream of opening his own restaurant and Temptation was born. In its first few years, Temptation sky-rocketed to the top of the island’s dynamic dining scene, winning “restaurant of the year” by the Gault Millau Guide 3 yrs. in a row 2006, 2007, and 2008, and also scoring 16 points by the same Gault Millau Guide. (Side note: there is no restaurant in Europe that has 16 points from Gault Millau and doesn’t also have at least 1 Michelin star. Aka 16 pts from Gault Millau is the equivalent of 1 Michelin star). In Feb 2005 Bon Appetit Magazine called Temptation “one of the top 10 new restaurants in the Caribbean.” Dino has also been featured in National Geographic Traveller, Caribbean Travel and Life, Islands, American Way, and Hemispheres magazines, as well as The Miami Herald, and Washington Times newspapers. Other awards include 2 time gold medal winner at the Taste of Caribbean competition in Miami FL 2005-2006.

A Sample of Temptation’s Menu

  • Four-Hour Braised Certified Angus Beef short rib with red wine-caramelized shallot glaze, mash potato, and market vegetables…
  • “Keshi Yena” (Stuffed Cheese) Creole style stewed chicken legs stuffed inside aged Gouda cheese and baked in the oven. Served with black beans n rice, and bacon wrapped plantain…
  • Rack of New Zealand spring lamb with truffle mash potato, sautéed spinach, and peppercorn Demi-glace…
  • Seared Bay of Fundy Salmon with mushroom-farro risotto, pesto cream, and eggplant caponata...
  • Eggplant Parmigiano (veg) Baked layers of eggplant cutlets, San Marzano tomato sauce 2 different Mozzarellas, Parmigiano and fresh basil…
  • Seared Sashimi #1 Grade Tuna With wasabi mash potatoes, Asian vegetable slaw, and sesame-citrus-soy drizzle…
  • Crab stuffed shrimp With homemade black pasta, grilled zucchini, pomodoro sauce, fresh basil, and grated Parmigiano …
  • Lobster paella Lobster, scallops, clams, calamari, mussels, shrimps, locally made sausage and saffron rice…
  • “Nice Rack” of Ribs St. Louis style fall off the bone BBQ glazed ribs with spinach mac n cheese…
  • Asian BBQ Chicken with seafood “Pad Thai”: shrimp, clams, mussels, with lemongrass Thai curry, Asian vegetables, rice noodles, basil, mint, cilantro…

We do not include a charge for service as we believe our guest should have the opportunity to reward great service at their own discretion. Open: Tuesday - Sunday, 6:30pm - 11pm.

 

Temptation Restaurant

Lowlands, Starz Casino, Cupecoy Bay,
St Maarten – St Martin
For Reservations, tel: 1.721.545.2254 or
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