The moment you walk into the colorful Le Babaorum on the outskirts of Fort de France, you see a who’s who of Martinique, from bankers and businessmen to members of the French navy to lovers of all things rhum.
Everyone is here.
And it’s no surprise — this is the quirky, wonderful place that brings in everyone drawn to quality food and quality drink.
You order from a chalk menu at the table here, choosing magret de canard or entrecote as you sip on a ti’ punch.
The food is classic Martinique, meaning a mix of traditional French dishes with a Caribbean spin, from accras to tuna tartare. (And yes, the selection of rhums agricoles is first-rate, too).
At night, things change, and great lunches turn into even better dinners, with the energy and music turned up.
And if the personality feels familiar here, it’s because it’s the sister restaurant to the now world-famous Le Petibonum beach bar a bit further north in the town of Le Carbet, helmed by talented Chef Guy Ferdinand, Martinique’s de facto tourism ambassador.
In any case, it’s a must-visit eatery in Martinique.
— Alexander Britell