advertisement

Catherine's is one of those dreamy, sun-dappled spots that make you want to take long, languid lunches and think about running away with the circus. In its new location on Pigeon Beach overlooking Falmouth Harbour, you dine inches from the sand, with the breezes rustling the shade trees and, after sunset, the harbor lights shimmering. It's a happy place, a sprawling wooden veranda painted eggshell-white and open to the elements, with Creole-style straw lamps, splashes of colorful art on the walls, and ceiling fans purring in the pitched ceiling. The vibe is laid-back, but the French bistro food is first-rate, from the lobster risotto to the croque monsieur. Many afternoons, a menu of tapas (EC$22/US$8 per plate) is served from 3:30 till sunset, small plates of delicacies like snapper ceviche, eggplant caviar, or a salmon choux. Catherine's is largely a lunch venue but serves both lunch and dinner Wednesday and Friday (reservations are recommended).