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Cuisine corner: our Tobago food & dining guide for 2017

Courtesy Seahorse Inn, Restaurant and Bar

Courtesy Seahorse Inn, Restaurant and Bar

Food & dining, Tobago style

This is just a beginner’s guide — for much more, dive in to the range of coverage, including recipes and local food features, in our Food & Entertainment section.

 

Fine dining

Tobago’s best restaurants pair delectable food — including European, Asian, Caribbean and local Tobagonian favourites — with ambience and charm. Many are set in locations steeped in history (shells of colonial water-wheels, sugar mills, and plantation houses), or take advantage of spectacular mountainside views or refreshing seaside perches.

 

Quick or casual dining

Bars, food stalls, and other pit-stops by beaches, roadsides and hotel developments offer up local and international favourites. Local stalwarts include crab-and-dumpling; “blue food” (ground provisions); fresh fish (mahi mahi is among the most sustainably caught); oil down (breadfruit and salted meat are the main ingredients); coconut bake (made with grated coconut, and often served with saltfish buljol); and a multitude of sweets ranging from delightful to a bit jaw-breaking (benne balls, toolom, paw-paw balls, tamarind balls, sugar cake, cashew cake, cassava pone …). Try condiments like chows and chutneys, and wash it all down with freshly squeezed local juices! For much more about Tobago home-grown favourites, click here!

 

Tobago curried crab. Photo courtesy the THA

Tobago curried crab. Photo courtesy the THA

 

Popular places to dine

If you’re looking for great ambience and great food, here are some names to look out for (with the type of cuisine and neighbourhood in brackets): the Pavilion Restaurant (international cuisine, Black Rock, 639-0361); the restaurants at the Magdalena Grand (international, Lowlands, 660-8500); the internationally acclaimed Seahorse Inn, Restaurant & Bar (local, Caribbean, and international, Black Rock, 639-0686); Shore Things Café (Caribbean/international, Lambeau, 635-1072); Ciao Café (Italian, Scarborough, 639-3001); La Tartaruga (Italian, Buccoo, 639-0940); Kariwak (local, Crown Point, 639-8442); the Watermill (international, Buccoo, 639-0000); the Fish Pot (Caribbean/international, Pleasant Prospect, 635-1720); Jemma’s Seaview Kitchen (Caribbean creole, Speyside, 660-4066); and the Salsa Kitchen (tapas, Scarborough, 639-1522).

 

The Pavillion Restaurant at Stonehaven Villas, Tobago

The Pavillion Restaurant at Stonehaven Villas, Tobago

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