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“An unfortunate experience...” 3 of 5 bubbles
Review of The Coffee Shop

The Coffee Shop
Ranked #1 of 1 Coffee & Tea in Castara
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Caribbean, Cafe
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Good for: Dining on a budget, Families with children, Local cuisine, Kids
Dining options: Late Night, Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Free Wifi, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Toronto, Canada
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“An unfortunate experience...”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 9, 2012

We stumbled upon the coffee shop one evening after dinner at the beach house. We stopped in for a few Caribs and some lovely coconut ice cream. The shop is owned by a lovely local who is one of eleven children! We visited with many members of the family (the owner and his two brothers) and enjoyed watching the Olympics on the patio with other tourists and locals. We were asked by the one brother to go on a rain forest tour the following morning so we arranged to meet him. Unfortunately it was raining heavily that morning, so we debated cancelling the tour. Now onto our unfortunate experience with the other brother of the coffee shop owner, Hilly. He came to our place and encouraged us to cancel the rainforest tour with his brother because of the rain. He then proceeded to ask us if we would like cooking lessons - offered to have us over to his place and teach us how to cook Roti. Normally, we would have had our suspicions but because the rest of the family was so lovely and he was very convincing we agreed. He asked for $400TT and told us to come to the coffee shop for 1:00 pm. When we showed up at 1:00 pm, he had simply gone to the store and bought Roti and claimed that "he didn't think we were showing up so he was packaging up our food to bring it to us" - tried to convince us that he had made it himself. The deal was, that he would gather the supplies and we would cook it with him and learn the recipe. He clearly bought the food at a much cheaper price and then pocketed the leftover money we gave him for himself. We didn't say anything, ate our Roti and then left. We saw him later that evening again at the Wednesday night party at the beach house enjoying some Stags - of course it was on us! It was the only unfortunate event that happened during our stay in Castara. I feel sorry for the gentleman that owns the coffee shop because he seems like a very hard worker and an upstanding person - as did the other brother who ran the tour business. I would still recommend the coffee shop as a place to go and eat, but be leery of the free beer that Hilly offers you as it is just a ploy to lure you in and make you feel like "family" as he calls it. He stabbed his actual brothers in the back so I am not surprised he didn't hesitate to do it to some tourists. We are grateful for the learning experience and Castara remains a lovely, positive place in our minds.

Visited August 2012
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Nivå, Frederiksborg, Denmark
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“The goat curry! Oh the goat curry!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 8, 2012

We had three weeks in Castara so plenty of time to try several restaurants. Even with that, we ended up repeatedly eating at Cheno's Coffee Shop.

It's a remarkably friendly place (Oh and with free Wi-Fi, clocking in at about 120 kb/s, just ask for the code!)

There is BBW every saturday, and no menu to speak of. Just show up a day in advance, order a table and he will never let you down.

After going through several dishes, I came to my own personal favorite mix:
The goat curry, special fries, noodle salad and a local avocado.
Try it :)

  • Visited June 2012
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Nivå - Denmark
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4 reviews
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“Best restaurant in Castara - only remember to order one day ahead”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 29, 2012

When you come to his restaurant, he will ask you to order your meal the day before. And when you do that, Cheno says “Yes, I’ll cook You a nice meal tomorrow”. And he really does cook the most fantastic meal, from fresh fish, chicken or goat. We loved his currygoat. Every Saturday he has a BBQ, which nobody visiting Castara should miss. While you’re eating, someone comes along with a guitar and plays some calypso. Cheno has other businesses as well. For instance he can drive you, if you want to experience Sunday School on Buccoo Bay, and don’t fancy the long drive in the dark.
PS. we visited in July which is a rather low season

Visited July 2012
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Trinidad & Tobago
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102 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
“Affordable fresh local food!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 9, 2012

The fresh coconut bake was awesome at this place and the man makes it himself fresh as you order it. We had to wait a little while but we didn't mind as we knew it was coming out fresh as ever! They open about 8:30am and it's true village life with everyone relaxed and easy going so there is no rush. A man there gave me a breadfruit and I cooked it! It was so nice of him to do that! I think he was the owners brother but it was so sweet and kind of him! I will definitely return to have a meal at this restaurant!

Visited June 2012
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Kongsberg
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“Free wi-fi, nice and friendly. The best in Castara.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 18, 2012

This is the place to go if you want to get something else than you get in all the restaurants, because the owner will try and cook what you want.

Here, you can log onto the Internet for free if you have a computer, you won't even be asked to buy something. Every Saturday they have a nice barbecue with a guy that plays the Steel-pan. Worth going to if you are in the neighborhood! You can even get up and dance:)

A really laid-back place centrally located.

  • Visited January 2012
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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