Taste of Trinidad | Rogers Park/West Rogers Park | Caribbean, Vegetarian/Healthy | Restaurant
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Taste of Trinidad

One of only two Chicago restaurants featuring cuisine from Trinidad and Tobago

Our Review

The food of Trinidad and Tobago draws upon African, Creole, Syrian, Lebanese, Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese, and, predominantly, East Indian influences, and that's no more evident than with the ubiquity of the roti, a burritolike street food that differs from the original subcontinental flatbread in that it is used to wrap a frequently ample amount of filling such as curried goat, jerk chicken, shrimp, or potatoes and chickpeas. Apply some piercingly hot habanero-carrot hot sauce and commence tackling the big soft chunks of curried potato and chickpeas or the finely shredded jerk chicken. Pholourie (here palori), are light, crispy fritters that have a creampuff or gougere-like texture, their slightly greasy richness is cut by sweet mango and tart green chandon beni (aka culantro) dipping sauces. The goat curry is a remarkable achievement of low-and-slow cooking. There's plenty more to explore on the menu which includes many West-Indian standards like macaroni pie (essentially mac 'n' cheese), curry crab and dumplings, curry chicken, jerk and curry salmon, curried stir-fries. Weekends feature oxtails and doubles—chickpeas sandwiched built between too fried flat breads that rival the roti for their popularity on the island.

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