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AIOLI (Maraval, Trinidad)

A few weeks ago, the culinary deities gifted the Table Talk Food Awards‘ judges with a test drive of Aioli’s new lunch menu.

AIOLI has been on our to-write-about list for months so we were pumped to visit again and plus dining with the Table Talk gaggle is loads of fun that morphs into an endless lime.  (Click here for all our Aioli pictures.)

Stylish to the core, Aioli’s a fine place to lime.  The restaurant decor works a modern elegance theme with a little edginess thrown in for good measure.  (Check the lamp-cum-book display on the second floor, if you don’t believe us.)

Aioli Restaurant Trinidad

Aioli (Maraval, Trinidad)

But ultimately Aioli is all about the food of Chef John Aboud, a self-described “from scratch kind of guy, from start to finish.”

This is a chef in full command of his menu, passionately explaining every dish from preparation right down to specific ingredients.

Let’s start this foodie recap with the dish that wowed everyone at the table, the Pasta di Funghi – Pappardelle Pasta tossed with Exotic Mushrooms, Cream, Parmagiano Reggiano and Truffle Oil.

The pasta and mushrooms come together beautifully here.  Rich, ultra-creamy and packed with mushrooms, the Pasta di Funghi is sure to become a favourite at Aioli.  The key to this dish’s success lies with the woodsy mushroom blend which includes Oyster, Enoki, Shitake and Porcini mushrooms (rarely seen on restaurant menus in Trinidad).

Pasta a Funghi Aioli Trinidad

Pasta a Funghi at Aioli (Trinidad)

Sandwich lovers will be equally pleased with Aioli’s three sandwiches – the Aioli Club, a Reuben and a Louisiana Po’ Boy.  We’re just thankful that they were served family-style because the club was a heavy hitter, stuffed with in-season avocado, sliced turkey and chicken, bacon (lovingly dehydrated in house) and the other requisite club sandwich ingredients.

The Po’ Boy and the Reuben were total nirvana, adhering to the science (or art depending on your perspective) of sandwich making. Both sandwiches met two essential criteria: construction from good bread and fillings capable of standing on their own.  Oh, and a great sandwich should be able to be dispatched with using one hand, although depending on the size of your hands, the Po’ Boy may have to slim down to meet our one-hand-dispatch rule.

Po Boy Aioli Trinidad

Po’ Boy Sandwich at Aioli (Trinidad)

Nevertheless, our absolute favourite was the Po’ Boy, all juicy with freshly-fried oysters and dressed with Cajun aioli, caper remoulade, very tender butter lettuce, tomato and pickles.  Aioli’s Reuben (made with Rye bread and layered with corn beef pastrami, Swiss cheese, sauerkraut and a touch of Thousand Island dressing) also made the rounds and was quickly consumed by our tablemates.

If you order a sandwich, pair it with the Truffle Fries or Tuscan Fries (extra crisp French fries tossed in garlic chevril butter & shaved Parmagiano Reggiano).  Pounce on these downright craveable fries from the minute they hit the table and enter french fry ecstasy.

Fries Aioli Trinidad

Tuscan Fries at Aioli (Trinidad)

Johnny and his team ended our epic lunch with desserts and oh were we pleased.  Trust us, it doesn’t matter what you choose, the housemade desserts are a must at Aioli.  Your biggest challenge should you accept it, is choosing between dessert standouts like a Basil Panna Cotta, Nutella Creme Brulee and the awesome lil’ Napoleon.

Our personal dessert favourite is the Basil Panna Cotta.  Yes, basil.  The basil lifts this classic Italian dessert to a refreshingly fragrant space that you won’t want to leave.

Pannacotta Aioli Trinidad

Basil Pannacotta at Aioli (Trinidad)

Meanwhile, the Nutella Creme Brulee elicited oohs and aahs from all the Table Talk Food Awards judges.  You just can’t go wrong with Nutella; it makes everything better.  Other notable desserts included the Tiramisu and the Napoleon.

See all our AIOLI pictures here (link).

Cuisine - International

Hours - Lunch 11:30am-3:30pm and Dinner 6:30pm-11pm, Monday-Saturday.

Features/Good to Know- Full service; Full bar; Outdoor covered seating on a patio; Reservations are accepted.

Address/Phone - Ellerslie Plaza (Maraval, Trinidad); (868) 222-3291.

Facebook Page/Menu Links - Aioli’s Facebook Page; Aioli’s Website with Menus

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3 thoughts on “AIOLI (Maraval, Trinidad)

  1. Aww man this post made me want to call Aioli immediately for a lunch reservation! I had initiately planned on going for my birthday last month, but with no reviews from my trusted Trinichow reviewers made me not want to risk it. We went elsewhere instead, now I regret it. Hmm, whose birthday is coming up?! Don’t want to live in regret for much longer!

    • Extremely disappointing experience. My gf had the pasta di fungi(hers was with risotto however) and I had the lobster & truffle pasta & the sea food soup. Having eaten at all the Italian restaurants in Trinidad,we were both flatly disappointed & we each ate less than 1/2 our meal before asking for the bill. The service however was as good as we have gotten anywhere & the decor ranks right up there with the best.

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