Creole Food With A Twist- Trader Vic’s Serves Up Some Authentic Caribbean Cuisine in Mayfair

Self confessed foodie Vanessa Bolosier, has teamed up with Trader Vic’s Executive Chef Shiran Fonseka, to create a pop up menu inspired by the cuisine of her native Island Guadeloupe. The iconic London restaurant nested in Hilton, Park Lane has always been known for it’s authentic Island and tropical feel.

This month long celebration of French-Caribbean cuisine is part of it’s ‘Island fusion series,’ which features a combination of their signature flavours with exciting tastes from a whole host of the Caribbean and African islands.

At the ‘Party Paradise’ themed launch event for the exciting menu, we sampled a sumptuous two person sharing platter of starters including stuffed crabs, salt-fish fritters and green mango souskai, which were washed down with a selection of zingy cocktails.

Trader Vic’s executive Chef Shiran Fonseka. Photo: Johnny Stephens

Guests dining at the restaurant can enjoy a refreshing christophine salad with Creole avocado cream and coconut slaw, and red mullet Creole court bouillon served with plantain and sweet potato features for the mains. To finish off with something little sweeter, guests can savour flambé banana with coconut ice cream.

Photo: Johnny Stephens

The mouth-watering pop-up menu features three starters, three mains and three deserts – with three courses available for only £29 per person, while the sharing platters are £19 a pop.

Vanessa Bolosier (right) with a copy of her book, Creole Kitchen. Photo: Johnny Stephens

Bolosier, who’s the author of Creole Kitchen says she developed the menu in response to the lack of representation of a variety of Island cuisine in the UK. “When people think of Caribbean food, the first thing that comes to mind is jerk chicken, rice and peas”, she says. “While this shows that Caribbean cuisine is at least represented in the UK, I just wanted to show that there’s so much more that Caribbean food has to offer”.

Our verdict

Flavoursome, spicy and indulgent. Every bite excited the taste buds.

Perfect for

A cosy night out with ‘the one’ or a fancy meal before hitting the town with the girls.

The pop-up menu at Trader Vic’s will be available until 11th August.

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