Even since I landed in Trinidad, I’ve been on a mission to find the best Lebanese cuisine. There is a very healthy Syrian/Lebanese community in Trinidad, and their presence can be felt all throughout the country. According to the The Syrian Consulate in Trinidad, “The Syrian Lebanese Community in Trinidad and Tobago has long been known as shrewd businessmen and hardworking entrepreneurs. They are closely-knit and struggle to maintain their past, holding on to Syria in their cuisine, their language and their family lives. They establish their own entertainment clubs, like the Syrian Lebanese Women’s Organization in order to interact with people of their own background even though they insist that Trinidad and Tobago is their home and their first priority.” (Funny fact: Most of the time, people of Arab descent in Trinidad are collectively referred to as “Syrians.”)
Anyway, I’ve discovered (with the help of friends) three places so far: Joseph’s, Little Beirut, and Adam’s. I’m actually quite impressed at the quality of the food here..it really is on par with the Lebanese food I’ve had in Beirut. I sat down with Joseph, the owner of Joseph’s and Little Beirut, to talk a bit about how he came to Lebanon. Apparently, he was visiting some family in Trinidad in 1986..and when he tried to go back home, the airport in Beirut was closed because of the war. He ended up staying in Trinidad, where he sold gyros on a street corner to earn a living. His hard work eventually paid off, and his restaurant Joseph’s is well known throughout Trinidad as one of the best places to get authentic Lebanese cuisine. The most impressive thing about Joseph’s though, is that he even imports Sohat water from Lebanon! Talk about authenticity!
These photos are from Joseph’s other restaurant, Little Beirut.
And these photos are from Adam’s Bakery and Specialty Bread shop..
So, there you go! A taste of Lebanon in Trinidad..