One of the exciting parts of visiting a new country is trying out the local cuisine. When choosing a restaurant, many factors come into play such as price, type of cuisine, health conscientiousness and kid-friendliness. Be sure to check the restaurant rating and any reviews from people who have eaten there. Reviews can give you an idea of the level of service at the restaurant and the type of food, but keep in mind that everyone’s palette is different. We’ve provided a list of some of the popular restaurants in Trinidad and Tobago.
- Apsara Restaurant
- Chef's BBQ
- Jemma's Seaview Kitchen
- La Cantina
- La Tartaruga Italian Restaurant
- Lagniappe Restaurant
- Ristorante Garibaldi
- Salsa Kitchen Tapas Restaurant
- The Seahorse Inn
1 bundle of dasheen leaves 1 dozen okra, chopped 1 large chopped onion 2-3 sprigs of thyme 4 garlic cloves, minced ½ cup chopped pumpkin or butternut squash 1 whole habanero pepper 1 13.5 oz can coconut milk 1 cup water 2-3 small crabs Salt to taste
Strip the stalk from the dasheen leaves and clean. Chop into small pieces. In a large pot, place the leaves, okra, onion, thyme, garlic, pumpkin, pepper, coconut milk and water together. Bring to a boil, cover and reduce to simmer over low heat for 45 minutes. Add the crab meat to the pot and simmer covered for another 30 minutes. Adjust the consistency to the desired thickness by adding coconut milk. Remove the habanero pepper and season with salt. Cool and then puree with a swizzle stick, hand mixer or blender. Remember to remove the pieces of crab before blending. Serves 6-8.
Settlers from all parts of the world have influenced the cuisine in the Caribbean. Popular elements of Caribbean cooking include spices such as pimento, ginger, nutmeg, garlic and cloves. Many of the Caribbean islands use spicy peppers such as the scotch bonnet, habanero and jalapeno peppers. Jamaica is most famously known for its spicy jerk seasoning, while Grenada is known for its use of nutmeg and Cuba is popular for it’s garlic and lime marinades.
Many of the islands produce their own brand of beer and rum, such as Red Stripe and Appleton Rum in Jamaica, and Banks in Barbados. Along with these popular alcoholic drinks, be sure to try these non-alcoholic drinks: mauby, Ting, ginger beer, carrot juice, Irish moss, coconut water, soursop, sorrel, horlicks, mango juice and guava juice.