Grande Cru is a European-style oasis in the hip, bustling shopping center at Yacht Haven Grande. Its sleek interior and breezy sidewalk café-esque waterfront seating evoke a Mediterranean feel, which is only heightened by the restaurant’s emphasis on small plate courses and extensive by the glass wine offerings.
But whether you’re looking for a casual evening with friends over tapas and wine or a romantic four course dinner for two, you’ll find something to please your palate at Grande Cru. The charcuterie plate is an optimum way to truly experience Chef Kevin McCaffery’s talents in the kitchen. House made sausages and pâtés will have even the most ardent pâté scoffer asking for seconds.
Unique combinations keep your taste buds at attention as you eat your way through Grande Cru’s menu. The New Zealand lamb lollipops are tenderly succulent, and the creamy tzatziki and watermelon feta salad are perfect pairs for this dish. McCaffery does not miss a beat throughout the menu’s small cold and hot plates, starters and entrees. Even dessert will have you pleasantly surprised.
Try not to smile like a kid in a candy store as the fluffy, never too heavy lemon ricotta cheesecake awakens your senses with its tangy lemon curd. The chocolate flourless cake is perfectly dense and rich (as it should be), and a sprinkling of sea salt provides a unique sweet and salty combination.
Mouth watering yet’ Good. The food is what will get you in the door, and the ambiance will have you lingering over that glass of wine just a little longer. Situated right on the waterfront, the mega yachts that call on the marina at Yacht Haven are just a stone’s throw from Grande Cru’s patio. These super ships, and the cruise ships calling on St. Thomas provide the perfect eye candy at night. Just try not to fantasize about retiring to one of these beautifully lit boats after your meal.
‘The chef’s talents deserve to be experienced fully, and the best way to do that is by sampling as many small plates as you can. Sit outside, and the view paired with the cool ocean breezes make your meal seem that much sweeter.