|This is not some super slick $15 per entree kind of place. I went order crazy and with tax my 2 apps and 2 entrees came to just |
under $20 (plus tip).
|Not a diner, not fine dining, just an honest eatery.|
There were little mistakes made but in the overall scheme of things were mere inconveniences. Silly things. All of my food came out first. This was amusing me but my bud started to get a little anxious. He takes his food very seriously. When it finally came his soup was was served in a cup not a bowl. There was no spoon with it and it took longer than it should have for him to get one. I'm not sure in this day of white whole wheat flour but I think my pasta was not whole wheat. It was a little undercooked, (not al dente), and a little stuck together. I was given 2 takeout containers for my 3 dishes. Like I said, silly stuff ... but the desire to accommodate was very high. A bowl of soup was brought immediately and the cup was gratis. I like when errors are OVER-corrected. Bringing another cup would have sufficed but this was done right. This is a place staffed with people who make you feel welcome.
Since I am no expert on any Caribbean food aside from the standard peppery veggie patties I get in NY, and come to think of it I never asked if the dough is vegan, ([sigh] head slap), my comments are about this particular food, not a comparison regarding what one would expect dining on Trinidad or Tobago.
|Phoulorie – Small deep-fried balls consisting of flour, corn starch and split peas served in a basket with a side of tamarind sauce.|
|Doubles – A Trinidad & Tobago sandwich specialty comprising of two crispy pieces of small fried bread with a curry chick pea filling.|
|The salad garnish is a little weak but for 3 bucks, hey.|
|I thought it was the leaves of the mango but everything I can find says green mango. This taken the next day in the hotel room.|
|The pasta was square so I thought it was made in house. I never did get an answer but don't think it looked or tasted like whole wheat. To me that's just wasted calories. It was also sort of clumpy and undercooked.|
The roti was delicious. It was filled with cabbage and peppers, onions and carrots and the curry chickpea mash that was in the Double. The veggies were cooked and still had a little crunch to them, just perfectl. The only negative was that it was dripping with oil and water as you can see on the plate in the picture below. It had a nice taste but as usual, I slathered scotch bonnet pepper sauce on it and that just about can sear anything.
|The softness of the bread, the mash, and the crunch of the just cooked veggies made this the most texturally interesting dish and my favorite of the evening.|
|Chili with brown rice.|