Restaurant prices are for a main course at dinner and do not include the customary 10% service charge.
The food on Trinidad & Tobago is a delight to the senses and has a distinctively creole touch, but you can also taste Asian, Indian, African, French, and Spanish influences, among others, often in a single meal. Indian-inspired food is a favorite: rotis (ample sandwiches of soft dough with a filling, similar to a burrito) are served as a fast food; a mélange of curried meat or fish and vegetables frequently makes an appearance as do vindaloos (spicy meat, vegetable, and seafood dishes).
Villas Caribe Tobago Restaurant Selections
Café Coco: Eclectic - $8 to $20.
This smart eatery -- though large, with 200 uncomfortable seats -- is broken into multiple levels, so there's still a sense of intimacy. Statuary is strewn about with carefree abandon, and the sound of flowing water permeates the room. Very reasonably priced by Tobago standards, the main courses range from Cuban stewed beef to shrimp tempura. The zingy pimento Mexicano, mozzarella-stuffed jalapeños and shrimp on a bed of greens, is a great appetizer. The restaurant is seldom full, so getting a table is usually not a problem.
Address: TTEC Substation Rd., off Crown Point Rd., Crown Point, Tobago, Trinidad and Tobago
Kariwak Village Restaurant: Caribbean - $12 to $30. Recorded steel-band music plays gently in the background at this romantic, candlelight spot in the Kariwak Village complex. In a bamboo pavilion that resembles an Amerindian round hut, Cynthia Clovis orchestrates a very original menu. Whatever the dish, it will be full of herbs and vegetables picked from her organic garden. Friday and Saturday buffets, with live jazz or calypso, are a Tobagonian highlight.
Address: Crown Point, Tobago, Trinidad and Tobago
La Tartaruga: Italian – Over $30.
Milanese owner Gabriele de Gaetano has created one of the island's most delightful dining experiences. Sitting on the large patio surrounded by lush foliage with Gabriele rushing from table to table chatting in Italian-laced English is all the entertainment you'll need. The tagliatelli with lobster and capers in wine and cream will give your tastebuds fond memories. And an impressive cellar is stocked solely with Italian wines. Reservations essential. Closed Sun.
Address: Buccoo Rd., Buccoo, Tobago, Trinidad and Tobago