high-back chairs and wraparound glass windows that offer a
great view of the harbor.
The lunch menu features light fare such as shrimp and crab
cocktails, assorted quiches, grilled sandwiches and salads.
Lunch is often served at the open-air patio on the lower
level. Dinner is much more formal, with starched
tablecloths, fine china and glassware. Main courses feature
roast duck with ginger and tamarind sauce, bouillabaisse,
grilled lamb chops and sea bass.
Desserts include chocolate mousse and a white chocolate
and pecan torte. Both are delicious. Lunch 11:30 am-2:30 pm
Mon-Sat, dinner nightly 6-10 pm.
Villa Olga, Frenchtown
Those of you who've been coming to St. Thomas for years,
will be delighted, as we were, to find a new Patricia La
Courte restaurant. Ms. La Courte, a well-respected St.
Thomas chef, has lent her expertise to many restaurants
over the years, but none with a more attractive setting. On a
seaside peninsula in Frenchtown, Oceana occupies the site
of Villa Olga, a private home that once served as the Russian
Embassy. The restaurant is flanked by nearby Water and
Hassel Islands. As you eat, you can hear the waves breaking
and railside tables can feel the fine spray.
A huge array of salad fixings, Mediterranean-style grilled
vegetables and freshly baked breads is displayed on the
brick counter that separates the kitchen from the dining
The menu changes often, but always features fresh fish and
shellfish. Provençale fish soup, steamed mussels or a trio of
salmon tartare, gravlax and rillettes are popular openers.
Polenta-crusted salmon is served with a lentil ragout and
the oven-roasted sea bass is served in a yuzo miso broth with