Jean at the Stove
[a tribute piece]
Busy at her cooking, Jean
makes a roti (with rice) at the Roti Palace
in Road Town. The menu is limited to rotis--beef,
chicken (boneless for $1 extra), conch, whelk, and goat. So
And especially the mango chutney
accompaniment! Travelers have been known to rush to their
local gourmet store back home to fetch some mango
chutney--only to be disappointed by comparison.
Rotis, of course, come from East India
through Trinidad, with their characteristic crepe-like
bread and curry seasoning. Jean mixes her own special
blend of curry powder-- though the spices themselves, she
says, come from nearby Sunny Caribbee.
The Roti Palace is part of the fun--a small place up a steep hill, just off Main
With owner Jean's great
cooking, the "palace" in Roti
Palace is found in the delicious flavor of her rotis.
Grab any of the two family style tables, whose seats
are shared--it doesn't get any more local than this! Note: Jean
has retired and the Roti Palace has moved.
Places with Local Food
Local food is widely found throughout the
islands. Specific items are common. And West Indian
ingredients, dishes and cooking styles are
"blended" into beach bar and resort menus
Here are some places that feature local
Restaurant on or near Main Street in Road Town.
Diner and Da
Wedding in Cane Garden Bay.
Delight and the
Local Food Bazaar on Tortola's North Beach Coast.
Hole and Coconut Junction at "The Valley" on Virgin Gorda.
The Twin House
at the Top of Gun Creek on Virgin Gorda.
To Cuisine of the Islands
Elegant Dining Tour