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