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Restaurant Le Bambou

From generation to generation

Today, heading north, as a desire for green, rainforest, river and a good creole restaurant. After a small refreshing bath with the family, direction Morne Rouge, we booked at the Bambou, one of the most famous tables in Martinique. Still there since 1986 ! I take the opportunity to chat with Line, faithful to the post, who holds the reins of the family institution with his brother Leo.

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Line and Mamie

Owners of the Bamboo

"Hello and welcome!"

A warm and smiling welcome, as always, and a place that has evolved a lot over the years. It’s true that the little bamboo restaurant has changed a lot! It’s like finding a Proust’s madeleine. I remember that my parents and I used to stop there on our way out of the Jardin de Balata and we couldn’t wait to eat the hot accras, the chicken colombo and the coconut flan. At the time, it was bamboo everywhere and madras tablecloths, the real postcard… By the way, it was the customers who got into the habit of calling this restaurant, originally named “La Kaz”, Bamboo. The name stuck.

Today, reed and wood have replaced bamboo. The setting has expanded, lots of white, plants and flowers it is very fresh, very airy.

Meet Line

– What is the secret of Le Bambou, its longevity and success?

“What people appreciate about us is the welcome, from the first contact on the phone, until the end of the meal. Then it’s the cuisine we offer, the real Martiniquan Creole cuisine, the West Indian dishes prepared with love and respect for traditional recipes. Here we come to enjoy a good crayfish fricassee, a well simmered local pork stew, a fricassee of chatrou like an tan lontan, accras with coconut milk, fried balaous while sipping the house Coco Fou.”

Fish comes in blaff, court-bouillon and grilled of course… Simple, hearty, fragrant, spiced just right. What more could you ask for?

– How do you keep the traditions?

“Today more than ever I want to favor the short circuits and make the local producers work. I take my fish from the fishermen of Saint-Pierre and Le Prêcheur. We are lucky to be in agricultural land so I make the most of the local vegetables… My vanilla comes from my brother Frantz’s plantation, the Plantation Beauvallon which also supplies the restaurant’s flowers. Like a large part of our clientele, we are a family and everyone contributes to the smooth running of Le Bambou”

I leave with my taste buds full of gustatory memories, after a good fricassee of catrou accompanied by white rice, country vegetables, blond lentils and ti-nain cod gratin! A little coconut flan for the sweet note because I have a sweet tooth. A good Creole meal as we like them…

– How do you see the future?

“Today the Bamboo asserts its Creole identity. Our customers appreciate our family welcome, our flavorful cuisine, our fast and smiling service. Thanks to our different spaces, we welcome groups, life events: anniversaries, weddings, communions… Our Sundays with music are always popular, we dance, we have fun, it feels so good!”

Line shows me her garden, her medicinal plants, her aromatic herbs, her spices, her country teas, her fruit trees. Right now the guava trees are loaded with guavas, which can be found at the table in fresh juice and sorbet. Customers like to take a little digestive stroll there.

Le Bambou is all about conviviality, family, love of Creole values and good food!

Line, Owner of Le Bambou

Go ahead from our side!