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“Bread fruit pie”

Jemma's Seaview Kitchen
Ranked #1 of 5 Restaurants in Speyside
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Caribbean
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Good for: Special occasions, Local cuisine, Large groups, Families with children, Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations
Reviewed January 12, 2014

We visited Jemma's on New Year's eve 2013. It was our first real local meal in Tobago, and we loved it! The fish was delicious, but the bread fruit pie was seriously to die for! We would definitely recommend!

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Reviewed January 9, 2014 via mobile

We rocked up at Jemma's for lunch based on TripAdvisor reviews. Some 20 minutes after arriving no one had been to take our order. When we asked if we could place our order, the staff seemed disinterested so we decided to leave and eat elsewhere. We gave it a second chance the next day only to find the service sadly just as lacking. This time we managed to place our order fairly quickly although the surly faced waitress curled her lips at us as we asked if we could order. Not exactly the warm welcome you'd expect from somewhere with its reputation. We felt hopeful we'd be served reasonably quickly having taken our order fairly promptly. Alas this were not to be the case and we sat and watched a group of 20 arrive after us, place their order, get served water, drinks and starters before we even got our drinks. When the food arrived it was ok but nothing like it is cracked up to be in these reviews. For a better experience and a warm welcome with good food you're better off going to see Frank at Birdwatchers Restaurant just down the road.

Thank Beetroothead
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Reviewed January 6, 2014

we were recommended Jemma's by several locals. We ate here on 3 different occasions. It was very good each time. Food was lovely and service was good, Although it could get alittle windy in the tree house.

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Thank Jess K
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Reviewed January 5, 2014

If you are looking for an off the beaten track dining experience, try Jemma's Seaview Kitchen in Speyside. Located on the windward, eastern side of Tobago, almost at the northern tip, it is a bit of a hike to get there, but with forts, waterfalls and stunning seaside scenery to see along the way, the meal is well worth the drive. The restaurant is located right on the beach, nestled within the boughs of two large sea almond trees and the open air jalousie windows ensures that everyone has a view of beautiful Speyside Bay which apparently boasts the largest brain coral in the world. The staff are friendly and helpful, and the food is local creole faire with a twist. Fresh seafood is the order of the day and with an amazing curry shrimp, a fish dish and then the piece de resistance, the lobster in garlic sauce, with local side dishes, the meal was definitely a memorable one, amongst a smorgasbord of memorable meals in this twin island nation which arguably boasts some of the tastiest food on the planet.

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Thank KamaMac
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Reviewed January 3, 2014

Tobago specialises in terrible service. This is well-known and most regular visitors have their favourite story about being treated rudely, incompetently or just with plain incomprehensible indifference (as in 'I'm sure I'm here as a customer and this is a service-based entity in a tourism-dominated island, so why am I being treated as if I just walked uninvited into someone's private house?'). It's a question I cannot answer but I have had the experience sufficient times to know that I don't need to endure another holiday in Tobago.

My favourite story will no doubt become this visit to Jemma's. It's one of those places you hear about and mean to visit and finally we got round to it just after the New Year. We had booked ahead, were a medium sized party (8 in total, 4 kids) and when we arrived the place was busy but not crowded.

The first sign that something might be wrong was when we stood around for 10 minutes on arrival waiting to be seated. The dining area had plenty of diners but no staff. This is something I've noticed as part of the traditional Tobago service style: maybe they teach it at the Tobago Hospitality Institute. The Tobagonian waiting staff will dart out of the kitchen if they must, to deposit food on a table before heading straight back into the kitchen for fear of being spotted by another diner and being asked to do something. Eventually we were able to persuade a waitress that we were standing there because we were the group that had booked the previous day and would therefore love to sit down and so on. We were assigned a rather poor table away from the famous sea views and sat patiently, awaiting developments.

It was then that my brother, visiting the Caribbean from the UK, made a classic rookie mistake: he tried to attract the attention of a waitress, who of course deliberately ignored him. Tobago veterans know that you must never do this; it merely cements their intention of ignoring you. Rather you must wait until they deign to approach you, at which point you will of course be pathetically grateful for the attention. But having made the mistake (and to be fair to bro, attracting the attention of a waitress shortly after arriving at a restaurant is not normally considered to be unacceptable), I knew we were in for a rough ride.

After we'd been there for 25 minutes (during which time our small children started to get rather hot and upset that their parents appeared to be punishing them for some unknown crime by forcing them to sit in a chair without food or water) a waitress appeared and asked if we'd ordered yet. Somehow the question suggested that it was our fault for lounging around, failing to get on with it. We gasped out our drinks and food order in one, in the naive hope that this would make things move more quickly. At US$50 for a lobster, I went for a more affordable grilled fish. But to be honest at that point the only thing I wanted was a drink, water, anything.

There's that brief sensation of optimism after placing an order. You're in the system - people are dealing with it. So it was a bit of a blow to wait an HOUR for drinks.. Yes, a full hour after ordering. So that means we had been at the restaurant for 90 minutes at the point we got our drinks. During that period various other diners arrived, got served, and so on. Now, if we'd had an altercation with the waitress or in some other way behaved unacceptably, this might have been understandable. But we barely had the chance to speak to anyone at all, let alone have a falling-out.

On the 2 hour mark the food came. At that point, we probably were beyond noticing whether it was good or bad food. But my recollection is that most of the mains were very salty and completely unsubtle in their flavour, but fairly tasty. The breadfruit pie was lovely, if a little heavy.

So, the old adage, always eat before you go out in Tobago, proves correct in this case. If you do go to Jemma's, don't go to eat and don't go with an empty stomach.

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