Named by Huffington Post as one of the best restaurants in the Caribbean, Trinidad’s VERANDAH RESTAURANT lives up to the moniker with its perfectly executed lunch and dinner menus.
This elegant restaurant is located in busy St. Clair, but upon entering, it feels a world apart from the neighborhood’s hustle and bustle.
We love to lunch at VERANDAH and on our most recent visit in September 2012, we had the Shrimp Sauteed in Cajun Butter with sides of spinach flavoured basmati rice, plantains, carrots and broccoli and the Pork Tenderloin with a Mustard & Cream Sauce with sides of breadfruit oildown, plantains, carrots and broccoli.
Verandah’s dinner menu offers choices like Cold Grilled Cajun Shrimp Cocktail; Grilled Bacon Wrapped Tenderloin of Pork & Apples on a skewer w/warm apple brandy cream; Crumb Crusted Breast of Chicken stuffed w/Spinach & Cream Cheese drizzled w/melted Garlic Butter; and desserts like the Pecan Tart w/a scoop of homemade ice cream.
Cuisine – Caribbean/Creole
Serving/Hours – Lunch: 11:30am – 2pm, Monday–Friday; Dinner: 7pm – 10pm, Thursday & Saturday
Features – Full service; Full bar; Outdoor seating; Usually hosts an afternoon tea service on the second Wednesday of every month ($128/person exclusive of service charge & VAT); Occasionally hosts special meals like this brunch; Check the Verandah’s Facebook Page for updates on special events.
Address/Phone/Website/Email – # 10 Rust Street, St. Clair, Trinidad; (868) 622-6287; Verandah’s Facebook Page; firstname.lastname@example.org
Anne Hilton from Trinidad & Tobago’s Newsday says, “If you’ve not experienced The Verandah you’ve a treat in store on Rust Street in St Clair.”
According to Fodor’s “owner and hostess Phyllis Vieira has been hosting diners since the 1980s and prides herself on her “free-style Caribbean” menu, which is one of the best-kept secrets on the island. But the reasonable prices and consistently excellent cuisine make this a secret we can no longer keep.”
Amanda Smyth in The Guardian (UK) says “On the last day, we had lunch at my favourite restaurant in Port of Spain, the Verandah…the Caribbean “free style” menu arrives on a blackboard and changes daily…we tucked in to garlic shrimps with plantain, spinach, a little mound of rice and a tangy salad, rounded off with coconut ice-cream.”