This is less a restaurant review and actually more of a General Tip, but I had to put it some where.
I was looking forward to coming to T&T and get some Caribbean style foods, Indian, Chinese, etc. I was completely amazed at the overwhelming amount of Fried Chicken restaurants.
Fried Chicken is the most popular food among local Trini's. There are plenty of small family places, as well as the larger chains like Crown, Churches and KFC.
I'm not sure how this phenomenon came to be, but the KFC in Independence Plaza, Port of Spain sells more chicken than any other KFC in the world!
Favorite Dish: Obviously the chicken... but I avoided all these chains for the entire month that I was in T&T. I was more content to have the Indian & Chinese.
Pelican Reef in Crown Point serves up great food although a little on the pricey side for the area. The reastaurant is located near Store Bay and is a great option for a relaxed restaurant after a day at Pigeon Point or Store Bay. The food is very well cooked and presented although like many more expensive restaurants in Tobago, the waiters are gruff and unfriendly to a certain degree. It seems to be normal enough on Tobago...I wouldn't take it personally. Having said that, it really just seems to be the service industry, the magority of locals are so friendly and welcoming. I suppose if I was dealing with tourists day in day out and receiving poor wages for it, then I would be moody too!
Favorite Dish: Had the Cajun Shrimp at this restaurant and was a very enjoyable and tasty meal. The shrimp were huge! and were cooked to perfection in a spicy cajun sauce. THe dish was served with rice, salad and vegetables.
ou B Lou's on Shirvan Rd. is a less expensive option for people looking for a restaurant in area but still serves up very good quality food with very estaurant good service and a nice setting. The restaurant serves a variety of food and is famous for it's babyback ribs.
Favorite Dish: We decided on the seafood option and had deep fried shrimp in a light batter. The shrimp was done simply with a sweet chilli sauce and served with fries and salad but was very nice considering the resonable price. The friends we were dining with had the red snapper and the report was equally as good. The great service added to the enjoyable meals.
Patino's restaurant is not the cheapest restaurant in this area but the quality of the food is excellent. The ambiance of the restaurant is very relaxed and adds to the quality of the food. The restaurant also has a bar area with an extensive drinks and cocktail menu and there is also a hotel connected to the restaurant.
The staff at the restaurant like in many restaurants on the island can be a bit gruff but otherwise they are good at their job and present the food well. Not sure if it deserved the 20% service charge which was added to our bill though!!! Not sure if this was a mistake or not but I foolishly didn't question it at the time.
Favorite Dish: We ate at this restaurant in the evening and had a thai style chicken satay served with salad, roadted vegetables and tamarind sauce and flaming lobster served in a butter and cheese sauce with salad and vegetables. Both dishes were beautifully cooked and presented and very filling and tasty. We both thoroughly enjoyed the meal and felt that the food was well priced for what we got but the service charge added was a bit extreme!
This small restaurant built into a giant tree overlooking Tyrrel's Bay near Speyside is famous throughout the island and will be the recommendatiion of many local people when you ask for a good restaurant around Speyside.
Apart from its' charming and idyllic location Jemma's offers up great food at fairly resonable prices. Although you will find cheaper spots, you would be hard pushed to find better food. The staff in general are very pleasant although some can seem gruff at first. Don't bother asking for a lunch menu...I don't think there is one. When we asked for a menu, we were just quoted a choice of shrimp, chicken or fish! - Don't let this most basic of menu descriptions put you off. The food is cooked creole style and is served with plenty of side dishes included.
You are also treated to amazing views out across the bay towards Little Tobago as you eat.
Favorite Dish: We ordered Creole Shrimp which came with salad, rice, roast vegetables and the unbelieavably tasty breadfruit with melted cheese. (Has to be tried in Tobago)
The shrimp was beautifully cooked and presented in a rich creole sauce and was a perfect lunch when combined with all the side dishes.
Located next to the RBTT bank in Crown Point. La Cantina is a new pizzeria which is simply outstanding in their food and service. Real Italian pizza with an excellent wine selection and they don't disappoint!
Try some local food, it is so good! For example Dee Balo's has affordable and excellent indian & creole cuisine. If you don't know what to order, the staff is very helpful. Whatever they recommend, it is good.
This place has the best doubles in Trinidad, but you have to get up early! Don't let the picture put you off - it might look like chickpea vomit but the are the best tasting things ever. And of you can manage not to look like you're a 1 year old with a birthda cake when you eat it the locals will give you major props!
Favorite Dish: A wonderful combo of Chick peas and Caribbean spices slapped on fried artery clogging carb goodness!
Ru-B-Lous is the BEST restaurant I visited in Tobago. Their Catch of the Day (Marlin) was delicious and their chocolate chip cake superb! It's a very relaxed place, average price, and the owner-waiter is a lovely guy! The restaurant also looks very nice.
Second on the list: Marcia's. It is also in Crown Point. The place is quite plain but the food is amazing, and Marcia herself is a really nice lady! I had kingfish with peas, corn, bake, beans etc there. Excellent and very reasonably priced!
Me-Shells (Crown Point) is really nice but a bit dear. The food is delicious and the atmosphere very romantic.
Pelican Reef (close to airport) is also nice.
Bonkers (in the Toucan Inn) is delicious if a bit pricey.
Kerouac Village has a lovely dinner buffet.
For lunch, do go to Store Bay's little quiosks: they give you a ton of stuff for 2 or 3 euro! Bake and Fish, Chicken dinners... just fantastic!
For breakfast (if you're not stuffing your faces in the Toucan Inn) you can go to House of Pancakes (crown Point.) The place is real cool, with loads of humming birds around!
Creole food is yummy, with spices, loads of fish and fresh chicken!
Favorite Dish: Bake & Fish
The Peacock Mill was built around a sugar cane mill that was established in 1767. There are usually at least 50 peacocks on the grounds between 5p and 5:30p.The restaurant is located 4 miles from Scarborough and 3/4 mile from Crown Point International Airport.
The peacocks were used as security guards back in earlier days because they always let you know when someone was coming up the lane.
Favorite Dish: The food here is delicious, well worth the effort of locating the mill.
I had pumpkin soup here that was excellent.
A big restaurant with really nice décor. If there weren’t so many tables it could be very romantic. The portions were extremely big here and the food wasn’t bad either. Although I found there was a conflict between the pub type of food and the quite stylish décor. They had a funny menu including titles like “wines without a bank loan”. All the taxes and charges were included in the prices so it was easier than in most places to know the cost of your dinner.
This is a nice, big restaurant with really efficient ceiling fans to keep the diners cool and didn't see so many mosquitoes either. Good food, good wines and good drinks and a very good maître d’ . Delicious cakes for desert!
Favorite Dish: Callaloo soup was really tasty.
It is a big restaurant and the garden is really lovely. Food was good, dinner for two with drinks and desert was about 460 TT. They have special nights throughout the week for example lobster fest and thai food.
Panache is a quite simple local style restaurant. Owned by the same people who own The House of Pancakes. There were no menus; the waiter told us what was available for the evening. We got a choice of main course, but the price (100 TT) also included soup, salad and ice cream. We were the only diners there that evening so the service was really attending. They made sure we really enjoyed ourselves.
I start to drool, when I think of their breakfasts...Absolutely delicious pancakes!!!You can choose from different breakfast menus or build your own. Go early, they are very popular and often busy. Definitely worth a visit!
Favorite Dish: Jumbo pancake. This breakfast option comes with fruits, bacon, eggs, toast and a huge pancake. Yummy! You don't need lunch, when you've had this.
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