BELLA ON THE AVENUE opened its doors in August 2012, giving the bustling Avenue another stylish place to lime and more importantly, a new restaurant with great food.
This week we made it to BELLA for a first look and vowed to return again. Short on time, we ordered from the prix fixe lunch menu, starting with a small salad and an absolutely delicious Cream of Tomato Soup that was full of texture, flavour, and so pretty we almost didn’t want to eat it.
Next up were BELLA’s generously portioned entrees – Raspberry Glazed Breast of Chicken with Sauteed Cassava & Vegetables and a Seafood Paella with a Tomato Concasse. Both dishes were wonderful, the tender chicken breast was livened up with a slightly sweet raspberry sauce and balanced by savory sides of veggies and sauteed cassava (loved the use of a local ingredient here instead of oft-used Irish potatoes).
But for us, this meal was all about the scrumptious Seafood Paella! BELLA elevated this traditional Spanish dish with the use of risotto (rather than rice) and charitably stocked it with roasted tomatoes, shrimp, calamari and other fruits of the sea. Sadly, we had to rush off before we could sample the dessert menu and BELLA’s much-buzzed about cocktails, next time though! Link to all our Bella lunch pictures.
Address/Phone – Corner of Ariapita Avenue & Belle-Smythe Road, Woodbrook, Trinidad; (868) 622-6233.
Serving/Hours – Lunch & Dinner: Monday-Saturday: 11am-12 midnight; Closed Sundays.
Features/Good to Know – Full service; Full Bar; Outdoor seating available; Prix fixe lunch menu.