I met up with an old friend for dinner yesterday, after a very long time of making and postponing dates. After both of us throwing out a series of options, we decided on visiting Town Restaurant & Bar, located on Cipriani Boulevard, in Port-of-Spain.
I’d heard some great reviews of the place and was interested to see what this new ‘local’ place, with an Italian/Chinese mixed menu had to offer. Plus, I was also curious to see how different it was from the predecessor restaurants that that occupied this same location.
As I pulled up at 6.30pm, my friend was already seated outside with a drink in hand. [There is free WiFi at this location, if anyone is interested/or requires it]. We got ushered inside and as it was a Monday night, had our choice of seating. We chose an interior booth so we could admire the surroundings and catch-up comfortably.
The ambience was great. Beautiful dim lighting, with a mix of grey – coloured décor. The dining area had changed slightly since the previous establishment, but by the bar similarities could be found. Still, very nice.
We were presented with two sets of menus and our drinks order was taken. We ordered water, with lime on the side, and fresh fruit punch juice. After a little longer than expected wait, the drinks arrive. The fruit punch, watermelon based, was delicious. And it tasted freshly prepared. A positive!
The menus consisted of a ‘Lenten specials’ menu and the main menu – which comprised of both the Italian and local Chinese cuisine. At first I decided on the ‘Town Specialities – Lemon Butter Grilled Salmon” but was later advised that a side was additional and this was only the fish… hmmm… I ended up going with the Seafood Pasta which was shrimps, mussels, clams & calamari in a garlic sauce. It was very tasty, good size portion (not too much) with all the right flavours being highlighted. I in fact packed half to go as the fruit juice had filled me up somewhat.
My friend ordered the Lobster Ravioli off the Lenten menu, which looked and tasted delicious, but was portioned more as an appetizer than a main Pasta course. This was something that the waiter should have mentioned upon ordering. She then ordered the Cinnamon Bread Pudding dessert.
The bathrooms also contained the dim lighting, very clean but no major different to the previous place. Even the colour scheme was the same, which is okay, as it matched with the theme and was still nice.
My overall experience at Town Restaurant & Bar was 3.5 out of 5. I want to believe that even though we visited on a Monday, our waiter was just not having a good day, as the service we were expecting was not up to par.
I felt we kept ‘calling for him’, or trying to get someone else’s assistance and the wait in between activities was longer that necessary. The food was good and tasty but the meals on the menu need to be defined clearer. If the opportunity arises again, I would give it another visit, hoping, as I mentioned that the service was an abnormal happening.