Cafe des Arts offers well cooked cuisine at the high end of the pricing range for Praslin. The amuse bouche was a tataki of tuna with a dollop of guacamole on a crostini, a simple tasty bite. For starters we had a octopus and pumpkin gratin served artfully in a shell- the gratin rich and creamy- and the carpaccio of 3 fishes - including tuna, salmon and jobfish which was pleasant also. For the mains , the snapper with passionfruit sauce was well executed as was the steamed grouper in ginger sauce. The seafood trio grill was a touch on the small side but had well grilled shrimp , lobster and snapper with a creamy sauce . Accompaniments included sautéed aubergine , very tender and flavorful , and a fennel rice , the fennel scenting the rice subtly. They have a wine list which is broad with bottles starting about 500 scr , a bit more than other places for the same bottles, and there is a broad range of cocktails available from their adjacent bar. Service is professional and friendly. One thing to note is the dress code is long trousers for men - which is mandatory . If you call ahead they will put aside a pair of chinos for you to use for the dinner. The restaurant has a view of the beach and the Chauve Souris island.
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