St Lucia first caught my eye when I saw a photo of their very creative cookie shots (which unfortunately are no longer on the menu *insert very sad face!*) and had been itching to go there ever since. When you step through the door it feels like stepping out of Chapel Street and into a relaxed beach oasis which really put me in the mood for some Carribean food.
We decided to sit in the outdoor courtyard which would be perfect for a little sneaky Sunday session on a lovely sunny day. To start we ordered Chorizo and Goats Cheese Cigars. 90% of the cigar was soggy, floppy and falling apart, the overpowering flavour was goats cheese and the chorizo was got very very lost.
To follow was some tacos, I got the Coconut Braised Taco served with pickled cucumber, ranch and toasted coconut because 1. you don’t get goat at every restaurant and 2. COCONUT. The goat was cold, stone cold and I’m still unsure if that’s how it was meant to be? The coconut flavour was very prominent and the whole taco was extremely creamy from the dressing. Would I order it again? No, it was very meh.
Josh made me get the Buttermilk Fried Chicken Taco served with slaw, charred corn and scotch bonnet mayo. Of course, it was good, its fried chicken. If you don’t enjoy fried chicken there is something very wrong with you. The chicken remained juicy and had a good amount of seasoning and flavour with a touch of spiciness.
That brings us to the Bajan Pork Rib, for the price ($22) I felt It was a rip-off. One pork rib served with a piece of pickled cauliflower, a few slices of carrot and some red onion. The marinade was a hard flavour to decipher, a mix between sweet yet tangy and bitter. The rib itself was cooked extremely well, not completely fall off the bone (if it had one) it still retained some texture.
When the Jerk Chicken hit the table my eyes lit up, these are the portion sizes I’m after! The chicken itself was cooked spot on, the skin was crispy and the meat juicy, the jerk marinade was full of flavour but not as spicy as I was expecting. Paired with the spiced pineapple which was predominantly cinnamon and pickled vegetables everything clashed and it wasn’t pleasant. Vinegar and cinnamon do not go well together.
I don’t know if it was because my expectations were so high or if I just ordered the wrong dishes but I left St Lucia very underwhelmed. I do have to say the service was fantastic though, the gentleman (owner I think) was super upbeat and had excellent customer service.