Where to eat in Trinidad and Tobago – a food and dining guide

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You could come here for the food alone – dining in Trinidad and Tobago envelopes all senses, with rich curries, fragrant seafood dishes and spicy bean concoctions. The cuisine pays homage to a blend of influences, including African, East Indian and Latin American cultures, and you’ll often see root vegetables, crab, lobster and coconut milk used. The island population is also a big fan of sweet treats; expect to find stalls selling jaw-breaking bene balls – made from molasses and sesame seeds – and grated coconut sugar cakes.

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Trinidad & Tobago

A signature dish of these islands is pelau; a one-pot dish of rice, pigeon peas, beef or chicken simmered in fresh seasonings and coconut milk. Alternatively, a popular meal on-the-go is roti; a soft split-pea filled bread packed with curried meat, chick peas and mango.


Port of Spain


The capital of Trinidad and Tobago has by far the most liberal scattering of restaurants, cafes and roadside eateries. The diversity of cuisines here speaks for itself, with Caribbean fusion, American and Italian restaurants all vying for attention alongside national fast-food chains such as Ruby Tuesday. Ariapita Avenue is a popular hotspot for culinary action, with sushi restaurants like Levels serving up visually stunning sushi in a modern lounge atmosphere. Jenny’s on the Boulevard – a Victorian vision in sky blue and white – offers Chinese and American dishes in downtown Port of Spain, while on the outskirts Chaud KM shows Trinidad can do fine dining too, with a classy interior and regal ocean vistas.


Ruby Tuesday, Lot 1 MovieTowne Blvd. Tel: +868 624 6566• Levels Ultra Bar & Lounge, 1 Taylor Street. Tel: +868 622 5350• Jenny’s on the Boulevard, 6 Cipriani Blvd. Tel: +868 625 1807• Chaud KM, 2 Queen’s Park West. Tel: +868 623 0375




Trinidad’s fastest growing town is home to a fair few newly-opened American restaurants, such as the ever popular TGI Friday’s and the meaty giant Hollywood Grill. A theme of hearty, filling cuisine continues throughout Chaguanas, with Indian restaurants such as Passage to Asia serving perfectly spiced curries, sweet dahl and fresh seafood dishes. A local favourite is Woodford Café, with a belly-filling blend of American, Creole and Caribbean cuisine. Huge platters here offer the chance to try a range of classic island dishes with a modern twist.


Passage to Asia, 7 St. Yves Street. Tel: +868 672 2701• Woodford Café, Price Plaza. Tel: +868 627 7874


San Fernando


To the south of Trinidad, the coastal city of San Fernando hosts a range of quality eateries covering several types of cuisine. Oriental restaurants are a particular strength of the town, with Dim Sum King serving tasty and authentic Chinese cuisine in the outskirts. Soong’s Great Wall is another Chinese offering, while More Vino More Sushi is a modern Trinidadian chain restaurant, delighting diners with an elegant blend of fine wines and Japanese dishes.


Dim Sum King, Duncan Village. • More Vino More Sushi, 33 Scott Street. Tel: +868 223 8466• Soong’s Great Wall, 97 Circular Road. Tel: +868 657 5050




Eating in Tobago is all about roadside stalls and munching on the move. If you do want a sit-down meal however, head to one of the quirky and informal local eateries. King’s Bay Café is an azure-toned shack overlooking the ocean; Shore Things doubles as a gift shop and offers an eclectic menu of Caribbean and international dishes; and Cascreole Bar & Beach Club serves a mean steak, within earshot of breaking waves.


King’s Bay Café, 524 Main Rd. Tel: +868 771 2716 • Shore Things, 25 Old Milford Rd. Tel: +868 635 1072• Cascreole Bar & Beach Club, Castara. Tel: +868 639 5291