Frost Bites (Compilation Review #1 – ★★★✩)

Frost Bites (Compilation Review #1 – ★★★✩)

★★★✩                            $-$$                               Casual Dining/ Café                              Frenches Gate


QUICK INFO

Parking: Street

Open WiFi: No

Wheelchair Access: Yes

Noise: Local radio plays throughout out

Dress code: None

Takes reservationst: Yes


Frost Bites is a café/restaurant, which is the baby of the parent company “Frisko” which creates some of the most delectable ice cream and ice cream treats in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines. Frost Bites is conveniently located at Frenches Gate, before you actually enter the chaos of Kingstown.


AMBIANCE

Frost Bites is one of the most comfortable spots in Kingstown. It is air conditioned and has wide glass doors and windows, which allows for unobstructed views of the busy street outside and the people going about their daily routines.

The café/restaurant has a simple, neat and overall a very nice set up. It’s orange and green colour scheme pairs well with the wooden counter tops and glass furniture.

Seating options available are several round and square glass tables but there are also several bar stools at the main counter, which offers alternative seating, perfect for if you’re dining alone. On the walls are beautiful images of dairy treats and sandwiches, which are enough to cause you to immediately become famished.


THE MENU

The menu at Frost Bites is not very wide. This is predominantly an ice cream bar so the majority of the menu focuses on dairy treats. However, there are a few other light lunch/breakfast items available.


WHAT I ATE

Pepperoni Panini (whole) – $11.50 (Added mushrooms: $1.50)

This panini is basically a pizza sandwich, an amazingly tasty pizza sandwich!

The panini was perfectly toasted, golden and crunchy on the outside but soft on the inside. The panini automatically comes with onions, sweet peppers, cheese and of course pepperoni. This was in itself a great combination of flavours but the mushrooms just added another something to the texture of the panini.

The size of the panini was also quite impressive. At $11.50 the panini is a steal. It is an entire meal in itself and it has to be cut into four sections just to have it packaged. Each section is almost the size of my hand.


Coffee Ice Cream (1 scoop) – $ (in waffle cone – $) *will update on price*

I previously mentioned that Frisko ice cream creates some of the best dairy treats in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, and their coffee ice creams confirms this.

This is hands down the best coffee ice cream I have ever had. It is creamy and bursting with flavour!

The waffle cone was a bit brittle but also quite tasty nonetheless.


Chicken Caesar Salad – $14

My only complaint about this salad was the size…but then again it was only $14. It was quite tasty! The chicken had clearly been grilled with rosemary as I could see pieces of it and taste it bursting in my mouth. The lettuce was fresh and crisp and the dressing was not over powering. The croutons were also pretty fresh.

As I said before, the only downside was the size because it wasn’t really filling.


Caramel Latte Frostie (Small – $9.50) (added caramel syrup – $.075)

If you have a sweet tooth, then this is the smoothie for you. This was sugar overload but in a great way. You should know however, that I noticed that this is made with a powder rather than actual coffee. If you tend to be picky about your ingredients then you should probably inquire before purchase. I enjoyed it nonetheless.


SERVICE

I’ve visited Frost Bites a few times now and I must say that the service can be a bit inconsistent. There are some days when the staff goes above and beyond and are very attentive and courteous and there are others when they seem lacklustre. We are all human and can’t be in happy mode all of the time but the inconsistency is something that can be worked on.

 


FINAL THOUGHTS

The best ice cream you will get in St. Vincent and the Grenadines will be here. Hands down! I can’t repeat this enough.

Frost Bites is definitely a favourite of mine in Kingstown. Although I wish they had a wider food menu, what they do, they do well. There’s no denying that this is an opinion shared by many as the place is usually packed to capacity by school children at midday and on afternoons. If the kids think it’s great then who am I to argue with them?


WOULD I RETURN?

Duh. Passing by tomorrow to try Dasheen ice cream…yes Dasheen.


OTHER INFO

Location

Frenches Gate, Kingstown


Telephone Number

(784) 485-6307


Website

https://www.facebook.com/FrostBitesSVG/

Prestige Cocktail Bar & Lounge (Review #1 ★★✩)

Prestige Cocktail Bar & Lounge (Review #1 ★★✩)

★★✩                         $-$$                         Cocktail Bar & Lounge                         Vigie Highway


QUICK INFO

Parking: Street

Open WiFi: WiFi password is available for customers

Wheelchair Access: No

Noise: Ambient Music

Dress code: None

Takes reservations: Yes


Prestige is a brand new spot located along the always busy Vigie Highway. For me, it is an upscale sports bar fused with a sleek lounge, but Prestige is marketed a cocktail bar and lounge.

Prestige is right on the highway, which would normally make for an uncomfortably loud environment with all the traffic. However, Prestige has been able to remedy this problem without giving up location by positioning itself on the top floor of the building it occupies. This creates a feeling of not being right on the highway. In fact, the only vehicle noise you will hear is maybe a very loud motorbike or minivans which choose to be rolling stereos.


AMBIANCE

Prestige doesn’t look like much when you first look at the building from street level but as you climb the stairs, sided by large vibrant pictures of food and drink you start getting a feel for what Prestige really is.

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Photo of stairs taken from the top

As you get to the top of the stairs you are met by dim but beautiful lighting and electric blue accents. The space itself is not huge, but it is just big enough to create an intimate vibe but yet separate different groups.

There a few different seating options available to patrons:

Right at the bar with its cool blue lighting, which matches the decor perfectly!

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Under this covered area close to the bar on traditional tables and chairs

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This covered area with bar stools. This space seems a bit awkward as it is very narrow.

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The lounge areas, which feature comfortable couches and can seat very large groups. These areas also feature large branded tables. The tables also have a very unique and fun feature about them. Two of them are equipped with built in games (Checkers and Snakes and Ladders) while the other table is the entire Prestige menu. How cool is that?!

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THE MENU

The menu isn’t an expansive menu but it has just enough to please any palate and in my opinion the menu items are quite affordable.

The cocktail/drinks menu is quite extensive and it gives patrons the option of alcoholic and non-alcoholic cocktails.

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WHAT I ATE

Seafood platter – $35

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The platter is never the same on any night. It is a combination of seafood items that the chef creates on the particular day or night you visit. This is fantastic because it prevents the menu from becoming tired and boring.

On the night I visited the platter comprised of shrimp kebabs, fish strips and samosas. The platter itself was smaller than expected and I was disappointed in the size of the items.

Shrimp Kebabs – No. Just no! The shrimp were tiny (my friend jokingly referred to them as plankton) and they tasted barbecued, not grilled. They also tasted heavily of barbecue sauce and something else very sweet. The kebab also had pieces of fresh tomato and cucumber which were not a great a combination with the already poorly tasting shrimp.

Fish Strips – These were great. Although they were fried they weren’t very oily and the fish was soft and very tasty.

Samosas – No. Again just no! To this day I’m unsure what kind of samosas they were. I struggled to figure out if it was codfish or some other type of fish and whatever type of fish was in them was quite lacking. The majority of the samosas were made up of potato. They were also quite oily and didn’t taste very fresh.

The platter came with a dressing that tasted like a salad dressing rather than a dip for the different components. When asked for a different type, what was presented was another salad dressing type “dip”. The second was much better than the first but still not great.

The shrimp would have been 100% better had it been seasoned lightly and grilled with maybe onion on the kebab. A squeeze of lime on this would have then made it simple but perfect.

The platter itself should have come with a dip more suitable for seafood such as tartar sauce or aioli.

This platter was very small, not filling and save for the fish everything else was unappetizing.


SERVICE

The service was extremely slow. It took about an hour to get the seafood platter, which was confusing because the platter was quite small and consisted of nothing complicated to make. The restaurant was also not very busy so the wait time was unacceptable. The drinks also took quite some time to arrive.

I must mention two stand out things with the service however:

  1. The owner/manager comped my friend’s wings after she complained about the wait time, which showed genuine concern and he also apologized profusely for the inconvenience.
  2. Our waitress Charlene (or at least I remember her name to be Charlene) was extremely pleasant and warm. It seemed as if the restaurant was short staffed on that night and despite the pressure she was obviously under she maintained a pleasant demeanor.

FINAL THOUGHTS

I think Prestige is going to be a big hit. The food can be worked on and it can get better. The restaurant/bar itself is inviting and fresh. The unique game tables and lounge areas are a fun idea and it seems as if the management really has a vision for what it want Prestige to be.


WOULD I RETURN?

Yes definitely. Prestige is VERY new and it deserves a chance to really come into its own. I like the environment and it really is a beautiful place.


OTHER INFO

Location

Vigie Highway


Telephone Number

(784) 4346-868


Website

https://www.facebook.com/nipsipchat/

Mangoz Restaurant & Bar (Compilation Review #1 – ★★★✩)

Mangoz Restaurant & Bar (Compilation Review #1 – ★★★✩)

★★★✩                            $$-$$$                                Casual Fine Dining                                Villa


QUICK INFO

Parking: Parking Lot

Open WiFi: WiFi password is written on all menus.

Wheelchair Access: Yes

Noise: Ambient Music

Dress code: None

Takes reservations: Yes


Mangoz Restaurant & Bar is the new and improved replacement restaurant for the once very popular Mangoz Restaurant on the Grenadine Island of Bequia. Mangoz is a fusion of a beach bar and a fine dining restaurant and it features both local and international cuisine.


AMBIANCE

Mangoz is almost all open air and the set up is beautifully minimalist with its wooden accents. The restaurant offers spectacular views of the Young Island Resort and views of the Grenadine Islands of Bequia, Balliceaux and Battowia. The ocean breezes and hint of salty air only adds to what is already a very relaxing and calming environment.

The bar itself features an eye-catching solid wooden counter-top, which is one of the most beautiful features about the restaurant. And ambient blue lighting at night meshes perfectly with its open air upscale beach bar vibe.

There are several seating options available:

  1. Right at the bar with its unique wooden counter-top
  2. Couches within the bar/lounge area
  3. Traditional tables within the covered space of the restaurant
  4. Traditional tables completely outside under the sun or stars – perfect for a cool day or night

On Friday nights the restaurant is alive with pumping music by a local DJ and there are many patrons taking part in the usual busy “after-work-lime”. By Saturday it returns to a subdued space.

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Mangoz at night with its cool blue lighting
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The view of the Young Island Resort with Bequia in the background on the left
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The View of Balliceaux, Battowia and Bequia

 


THE MENU

As stated before, the menu is a mix of both local and international cuisine. It features appetizers such as fish cakes and mains such as rib eye steak and whole de-boned snapper. There is also a dessert menu which features made-from-scratch desserts such as coconut cream pie.

The restaurant also features a few items not listed on the menu such as blackened yellowfin tuna and lobster.

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WHAT I ATE

This is a compilation review so prepare yourself for an onslaught of food. Lets begin!

Ribeye Steak with sauteed potatoes, steamed vegetables and garden salad – $75

Prosecco – $20 

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My mouth is watering reminiscing about this meal. It is quite possibly one of the best steaks I have had in my life. I say that firmly.

The cut was not only HUGE but perfectly grilled and seasoned. There is nothing bad I can say about this to be honest. Absolutely nothing. The steak was accompanied by steak sauce (which it really did not need) and caramelized onions which were again…perfect.

The sides were just as tasty as the steak itself. The vegetables in the garden salad were noticeably fresh and crisp and the sauteed potatoes were seasoned just right and tender but not mushy. The steamed vegetables also had just the right amount of crunch.

This was one of the best meals I have had to date and I couldn’t even finish it because…well…do you see the size of that meal?!


Grilled Lobster with Baked Potato and Grilled Vegetables – $55

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So do you see that lobster on that plate? I chose, and hooked that lobster all by myself (with some guidance). I thought I was just going to be able to choose my own lobster but what a surprise it was when I was asked if I wanted to hook and pull it out of the tank. It’s unique things like this that makes Mangoz an appealing place to visit. If that isn’t a dining experience I don’t know what is.

The meal was perfection on a plate! Not many people can grill lobster well. It’s a tender meat and there’s a fine line between under cooking and over cooking it or sea food in general.

Again, I can’t say anything bad about this meal other than the fact that I wish the lobster was bigger because it was so good. The baked potato was a meal by itself and the grilled vegetables were crisp with a very nice subtle charcoal flavour.

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The lobster tank

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This was the best grilled fish I’ve had in a very long time. The only thing that comes close is the grilled fish from Oistins Fish Market in Barbados.

The size of the fish steak was that of an actual steak and beyond what I expected. The combination of the fish and the condiments was like eating really great sushi.

My only complaint about this meal was that the vegetables were a bit bland on this occasion but nonetheless, crisp and evidently fresh.


Fish Cakes – $20

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Most fish cakes that I have had were more flour than fish, they’re really just called fish cakes because there is some semblance fish in them.

The Mangoz fish cakes, however, are basically a ball of fish. If there was any flour in there or any other bonding agent, I wouldn’t know. The fish was also very tender, flaky and seasoned to perfection.

The portion, in my opinion, was pretty small but I recently went back to Mangoz and they seemed to have upped their portion size to 4 fish cakes. I’m not mad at that.


SERVICE

Here is where Mangoz lost half a star for me. The restaurant is new and is still finding its footing and this is evident by the quality of the service, although a restaurant being new shouldn’t mean bad service. There a few waiters who make the dining experience a joy and then there are others who make it painful, as you have to repeat your order several times and wait quite a while for a drink.

All in all the waiters, waitresses and bar tenders seem to really be trying to do their best. They’re friendly, warm and very courteous.


FINAL THOUGHTS

Mangoz is a new restaurant but it is already surpassing all expectations. The food is fantastic and the scenery cannot be beat.

Although the service is struggling somewhat, I’m sure the restaurant will find its footing shortly as it has definitely progressed from my first visit. The staff can, however, benefit from some training.

Mangoz has the ability to be one of the most popular spots on mainland St. Vincent. As long as the quality of the food remains as is or gets even better (not sure how that’s even possible) and the service improves, this spot will be a force to be reckoned with on the restaurant scene.


WOULD I RETURN?

All day, every day.


OTHER INFO

Location

Villa


Telephone Number

(784) 458-5882

James Street Eatery (Review #1 ★★★★)

James Street Eatery (Review #1 ★★★★)

★★★★                                   $                                Casual Dining                                 Kingstown


QUICK INFO

Parking: Street

Open WiFi: WiFi password is available for customers.

Wheelchair Access: Yes

Noise: No Music

Dress code: None

Takes reservations: Did not inquire, as this is a walk up to the counter and order type of establishment


James Street Eatery is a hidden gem in the heart of Kingstown. It recently opened it doors and is located on James Street in the Linton Lewis Building.

Its location is convenient especially for those persons working or conducting business “up-town” and offers a spacious, comfortable, air-conditioned environment.


AMBIANCE

As stated above, Eatery offers a spacious, air conditioned environment, which is a welcomed break in what can be a hectic and humid capital.

There are big windows facing the main street, which have a mirrored tint but still allows for a lot of light to enter and while at the same time allows diners to “people-watch” and eat in privacy.

The restaurant features a beautiful bright green accent wall that really brings the restaurant to life and a flat -screen television hangs overhead.

Seating ranges from booths, which can easily and comfortably seat abut 4 persons to tables and chairs which seat 2 persons. I personally love the idea of the booths as they offer a soft backrest and are closest to the windows.

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THE MENU

If you’re a picky eater then Eatery is the place for you. The menu is so extensive that you’re sure to find something that you want to order.

The menu is mostly creole food but also offers great breakfast and snack options for those not looking to dine on something too heavy.

I did reconnaissance on the restaurant prior to actually going in to purchase food so I had the opportunity to see the variations in the menu.

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Reconnaissance pic: The very unique chalk-board preview menu placed outside of the restaurant on the sidewalk
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Reconnaissance pic: The menu as it was on that day
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The menu on the day I purchased lunch

THE MEAL 

Type of meal: Lunch


WHAT I ATE

The $10 meal

Meat: Jerk Chicken

Sides: Penne Pasta & Chow Mein

The meal also came automatically with a side salad which was a pleasant surprise!

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I have so many things to say about this meal! But first let’s just admire how attractive it all is. Okay…have we sufficiently admired it? Now let’s talk about taste.

The “Jerk” Chicken: I had to put the word jerk in inverted commas because anyone who has had real jerk would not be too happy about this. In all fairness, this IS what most of the Caribbean refers to as jerk chicken (to the annoyance of Jamaica).

Outside of the fake jerk, the meat itself was tasty and the thigh was of a great size.

Penne Pasta: Fantastic! I am usually very scared to order pasta because it’s either under-cooked, overcooked or bland. This pasta was none of these things. In fact, I could have eaten the pasta by itself as a full meal.

Chow Mein: Again, fantastic! Just the right amount of vegetables mixed in and not at all oily or heavy. This Chow Mein is undoubtedly 100 times better than the Chow Mein for sale at the Cantonese restaurant just footsteps away.

Overall this was a great meal. I enjoyed every bit of it, or I should say I enjoyed what I could finish because I honestly could not. It was SO MUCH food!

The meal was also nicely packaged in a compact, circular, re-usable and microwavable container. The cover snapped securely in place and allowed for easy, no mess transportation of the meal from the restaurant to my office.

 


SERVICE

There isn’t much to say about the service. This is a walk up to the counter and order type of restaurant. You place your order, pay and you’re given a number, which is called when your meal is plated/packaged and ready to be collected.

The cashier was accommodating, not very friendly but courteous. She patiently explained to me what the different meal sizes and prices comprised of and was again patient when I needed time to decide on what I actually wanted.

The employee packaging my food was also quite courteous and allowed me to choose the cut of chicken I desired.


FINAL THOUGHTS

Again, Eatery is a gem! Like Latin Zest and Altitude Sports Bar & Restaurant, it offers great food at very reasonable prices in the heart of Kingstown.

The portions are great and the restaurant itself is one of the most comfortable I’ve experienced in Kingstown. Normally, restaurants which offer decent food at low prices don’t offer much by way of customer comfort. Eatery breaks this mold and makes you actually want to dine in.

The menu may be overwhelming for some but a gift to others, who may be fed up of the usual offerings available in Kingstown. The fact that they offer breakfast and snack items is also a major bonus!

This place is a treasure. Cheap food, great quality, sizable portions and friendly staff – Eatery has a winning combination. If they maintain this standard they can easily become the go-to spot for many.


WOULD I RETURN?

Yes! I may just go there tomorrow for lunch actually.


OTHER INFO

Location

James Street, Kingstown


Telephone Number

(784) 456-2107


Website

https://www.facebook.com/satisfyyourtaste/

Altitude Sports Bar & Restaurant(Review #1 ★★★)

Altitude Sports Bar & Restaurant(Review #1 ★★★)

★★★                                 $                                      Sports Bar                                       Kingstown


QUICK INFO

Parking: Street

Open WiFi: WiFi password is available for customers.

Wheelchair Access: No (The restaurant is called “Altitude” for a reason.  You have to climb at least three (3) flights of stairs to get to the top floor of the building it occupies)

Noise: The music was a bit loud when I visited, but this is a sports bar.

Dress code: None

Takes reservations: Yes


Altitude Sports Bar & Restaurant is located on the top floor of the Computec Building on Bay Street. It is accessible on both Egmont Street and Bay Street and offers an open air escape in the midst of the hustle and bustle of Kingstown.


AMBIANCE

There is no ambiance really to speak of. The decor is pretty basic and the focus seems to be on the large flat screen TV perched in the main dining area and the beautifully designed stone and wood bar.

Altitude offers spectacular views that cannot be found at any other restaurant in the heart of Kingstown. Diners can see from the Cane Garden point and Cruise Ship Terminal right over to historic Fort Charlotte.

The restaurant offers seating both inside, directly at the bar and on the balcony where you get the stunning views of Kingstown.

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The view from the balcony
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The Computec Building (Photo Credit: https://www.facebook.com/altitudesvg/)

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THE MENU

Again, this is truly a sports bar. The menu is pretty basic and is written over the bar in chalk, which is definitely a fun and unique feature.

On the day I visited the menu consisted of pizza, wings and fries, fried/grilled fish and fries and burgers and fries.

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The beautiful stone and wood bar with menu above

THE MEAL 

Type of meal: Quick Lunch


WHAT I ATE

Fish (Fried Tuna) and fries with salad and a Bitter Lemon

Price: $23 (including Bitter Lemon)

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This was overall a pretty decent meal for the price. The portion size was great and the plating was appealing.

The greens which made up the salad were very fresh and crisp. In fact, when I initially ordered my meal the waitress asked whether I would wait a few extra minutes on the meal as they had just popped out to get fresh lettuce for the salad. The fish was just a tad bit too salty for me but overall not bad.

I would have preferred other salad dressing options though. The only one available was ranch dressing.


SERVICE

The service was pretty good. The waitresses were efficient, polite and attentive! The wait on the food was also relatively short.


FINAL THOUGHTS

Altitude should consider replacing the seating on the balcony with high tables and chairs so as to allow customers to take advantage of the beautiful view.

The view is one of the most appealing things about dining here and it is obstructed by the railings when you actually sit down to eat.

The menu was a bit limited when I visited. However, their facebook page indicates that their menu usually has more than just what I encountered.

If you have only an hour for lunch I would recommend dining at Altitude, the food is good and the wait is relatively short. You definitely won’t feel rushed eating and having to run back to the office.


WOULD I RETURN?

Yes! Most of the food options in Kingstown are mostly always full and don’t really give you a sense of a relief from actually being in Kingstown. Altitude offers an escape and good food at an inexpensive price.


OTHER INFO

Location

Top Floor, Computec Building

Egmont Street, Kingstown


Telephone Number

(784) 431-0008


Website

https://www.facebook.com/altitudesvg/

 

 

Latin Zest Restaurant (Review #1 – ★ ★ ★★)    

★ ★ ★ ★                         $                    Restaurant/Bar               Heritage Square, Kingstown


QUICK INFO

Parking: Street

Open WiFi: *Will Update The Blog on This Soonest*

Wheelchair Access: No (You must climb a flight of stairs to get to the restaurant)

Noise: The sounds of Heritage Square

Dress code: None


Perched above the iconic Heritage Square bridge is Latin Zest Restaurant, a quaint restaurant and bar operated by Venezuelan expats. The restaurant offers a host of Latin dishes which seem to appeal to many locals and with its just-wide-enough menu, it brings the tastes of Latin America to St. Vincent and the Grenadines.


AMBIANCE

The restaurant is in the heart of Kingstown and features bold red accents and views of Heritage Square and the historic Old Public Library.

It offers few seating options as it occupies a very small space. You can sit at one of two bar tables with comfy bar stools, which gives you either a view of the Old Public Library or the main street of Heritage Square. You can also opt to sit at the regular short tables within the space. The bar table options are my personal favourite as you can “people- watch” and enjoy the breeze that being above street level affords.

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THE MENU

This is a Latin restaurant so you’re not going to find any creole food here. You will however, find an array of Latin staples and burgers. Yes, “LATIN” Zest offers burgers! I suppose it just goes to show that a burger is the one thing that is universal.

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THE MEAL 

WHAT I ATE

Beef Empanada (the “Latin Patty”)

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This Empanada was absolute perfection and it was HUGE! I had this for breakfast and didn’t have lunch thereafter. It was perfectly made and the beef inside was tender, plentiful and tasty.

Latin Zest offered condiments of garlic sauce and local hot pepper sauce. The combination with the Empanada filling was glorious.


SERVICE

This a walk up to the counter and order type of place. Servers aren’t going to come to you to take your order and that’s quite fine. They, however, bring the food directly to the table for those dining in.

The staff are very warm and very friendly, they don’t speak English fluently from what I could tell but they are patient to try to understand what the customer is saying. In my opinion this adds to the appeal of the restaurant.


FINAL THOUGHTS

This is a genuine Latin restaurant, the staff are Venezuelan and are making the foods they grew up cooking and eating.  You always know when food is made with care and love and this food definitely is.

The restaurant is a refreshing addition to the Kingstown food scene, allowing Vincentians to step out of their comfort zones and try something new.


WOULD I RETURN?

As often as I can.


OTHER INFO

Location

James Street, Heritage Square


Telephone Number

(784) 457-1631


Website

https://www.facebook.com/LatinZestCuisine/

The Loft (Visit #1 ★)

The Loft (Visit #1 ★)

★             $$ – $$$             Beach-side Restaurant             Ratho Mill (Blue Lagoon Marina)


QUICK INFO

Parking: Parking Lot

Open WiFi: WiFi password is available for customers

Wheelchair Access: No (You must climb a flight of stairs to get to the restaurant)

Noise: Ambient Music

Dress code: None

Takes reservations: Yes


The Loft is a cosy restaurant located at the stunning Blue Lagoon Hotel & Marina. The Loft is appropriately named being that it is indeed designed like a loft. It is the Hotel & Marina’s fine dining restaurant which features an international menu.


AMBIANCE

The Loft features beautiful views of the Marina and nearby Canash Beach. Although the restaurant is indoors it has a distinct open air feel. The decor is very beachy and bright and the pieces of art on the walls are beautiful and fit right into the theme of the restaurant.

There are many seating options available at the restaurant. There is a lounge area with comfortable couches and throw pillows, traditional seating areas for large or small groups featuring beautiful bamboo chairs and there is also seating at the bar and on the balcony.

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Photo Credit: https://www.facebook.com/theloftsvg/
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I visited the Loft on a particularly rainy day so the view wasn’t as stunning.

THE MENU

I was only able to look at the lunch menu as the restaurant only offers certain options at certain times of the day. The lunch menu below does, however, offer a wide range of options which mixes both local and international cuisine.

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THE MEAL 

WHAT I ATE

Wahoo Ceviche

Price: $25

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This was good ceviche! The fish tasted fresh and it was not stifled by a ton of seaonsing. However, my personal preference would have been to have the fish cut into smaller slices.


The Loft Chopped Salad

Price: $25 + $18 (Added Shrimp) = $43

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I was taken aback and quite honestly appalled and annoyed when the salad was presented to me for the following reasons:

I. I asked the waiter specifically whether the salad was going to be big enough to be filling and he responded with not only “yes” but went on to state that it was a “very big salad”. As one can see from the pictures above, the salad is more of a starter salad than a main and is served in a slightly over-sized soup bowl.

II. The menu (above) described the salad as having “shaved vegetables, mixed greens, grapefruit, poppy seeds, croutons, feta, & olives”. Five (5) of those seven (7) ingredients were absent from my salad. I had to specifically ask the waiter for some feta cheese which was later brought to the table. All for the whopping price of $43!

III. The waiter presented me with honey mustard dressing for the salad. There was no option given and when I requested vinaigrette instead I was told that they were out and honey mustard was all that they had. However, a few minutes later someone “found” some vinaigrette and it was brought to the table.

The taste of the “salad” was as what can be expected from some grilled shrimp and a few vegetables – absolutely nothing special! and I do believe that the missing ingredients played a roll in this. On the upside the shrimp were large and tasty and what vegetables I did get were noticeably fresh.


Frozen Lime Margarita

Price: $18

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The Margarita had a great taste, just enough tequila to make you smile! However, it clearly was not blended well as it rapidly melted within a few minutes of coming to the table.


SERVICE

The waiter and hostess were quite pleasant individuals and were very friendly. The service was, however, very slow for an almost empty restaurant and at some points it seemed as if they forgot my friend and I even existed.

The staff also did not seem very knowledgeable about the menu, as was evident by the incorrect assurances given to me about my salad.

Interestingly enough, my dining partner ordered a chicken wrap for lunch which was completely left off of the final (handwritten) bill. This points towards complete inattention and also opens the door for many possible errors in the final bill.


FINAL THOUGHTS

The setting of The Loft is undeniably stunning. It is quite unfortunate that the food was not as advertised and the service was so poor.

I hope this place can make a turn around soon because it really is a waste of a great spot and a good menu.


WOULD I RETURN?

Yes but ONLY for the following reasons:

  1. To do a further review
  2. Maybe to have a glass of wine and enjoy the view (it is literally impossible to ruin a glass of wine).

OTHER INFO

Location

Blue Lagoon Hotel & Marina

Ratho Mill


Telephone Number

(784) 458-4308


Website

https://www.facebook.com/theloftsvg/