After my serene Maracas Bay Morning Drive yesterday, I joined my parents for lunch at The Verandah. Situated in the mist of the capital city of our sweet island, off the busy Maraval Road, yet still away from all the hustle and bustle, this converted former plantation house-to-restaurant can be found, welcoming the busy bees around.
With its open ambience, its wooden floors and homey atmosphere, we were made welcome from start to finish. We were guided for parking on the grounds instead of fighting for a parking spot on the busy road, and escorted to the entrance stairs, to wait to be seated. There was a choice of seating both inside and out, and especially because of the beautiful day around, we chose the outside.
A lovely hostess greeted us, sat us down and immediately poured refreshing water for us, while taking our drink orders. Another waitress then brought us THE MENU: a whiteboard easel, with the weekly menu scrolled neatly on, for us to make our choice.
Soups, Salads and Main Courses were identified, in addition to the daily specials (Monday through Friday) and the desserts were also explained. I have never seen a menu quite like this before, so it was fun to be presented. When we chose and ordered what we wished for, the easel was relocated to another table for their chance to place their order.
Sticking to the main items on the menu, the Verandeh was also very accommodating with all my father’s dietary health restrictions. This is a plus in my book, as finding understanding kitchens and chefs, can sometimes be a challenge.
For drinks, we ordered freshly squeezed Orange Juice and even tried the ‘unsweetened’ Tamarind Juice for my dad. I must say a very very small sip of the unsweetened Tamarind juice is really a life changing experience.
Wow! It bitta!!
Our meals then came out – we each got House Salads, followed by our desired Main Course combination. I ordered the ‘Shrimp Sautéed in Garlic Butter with Herbed Nutty Rice and Vegetables.’ My mom ordered this Thursday’s Special: ‘A Fillet of Mahi Mahi with a Spinach & Cream Sauce, with Sautéed Potatoes and Vegetables’ while my dad ordered a Fillet of Mahi Mahi with no sauce, Steamed Potatoes (no butter) and Steamed Vegetables.
The food was delicious.
The food servings were perfect, leaving us satisfied and content.
Although this was not the first time I’ve visited The Verandah, it was the first time visiting during the lunchtime period. I’ve been to ‘special’ events during evening that has allowed me the opportunity to enjoy this cosy environment.
Another thing that I do love about this comfortable restaurant is actually inside the restrooms. There, in a woven basket, holds a replenishing stock of real hand towels, where each visitor to the bathroom can use to dry their hands, before placing the used towels into a basket below the sink. Makes the restaurant feel even more like home!…
Oh the simple things 😉
Thank you to the staff and the accommodating chef, for making our experience at The Verandah, a smooth and enjoyable one; 4.2 stars out of 5. We look forward to tasting your different menu options in the near future.