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“Not worth it”
Review of Battimanzelle

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Ranked #67 of 168 Restaurants in Port of Spain
Price range: US$25 - US$100
Cuisines: Caribbean
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Good for: Local cuisine
Dining options: Breakfast, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Reviewed 6 January 2014

We were in Port of Spain on an unplanned stopover at the end of a two week trip in the Caribbean. Because it was unplanned, we relied on recommendations from our hotel on things to do. All of them were good except for our request for local food which led them to sending us to this place. It was definitely a mistake and we would have left, except we took a taxi there, were not familiar with this neighborhood, and also had limited time.

The restaurant is attached to the Coblentz Inn, and it seems like it's main function might be as the breakfast room of the hotel. We were the only ones there for dinner on a Friday night during the peak of tourism season. The room is definitely dreary as mentioned in a previous review. Uninviting space, no windows, poor lighting, and the paint job at this point could use a major refreshing.

The menu itself could also be refreshed. The sandwiches might be a better deal as another previous reviewer mentioned as the limited offering of entrees is uninspiring. We had a choice of four, so we picked the Chicken Roulade, and the catch of the day. The chicken was just rolled with spinach and had no other flavors. The catch of the day, which was supposed to be local, was tilapia. I mean really! We also a garden salad, which was wet iceberg lettuce that had been washed but not dried, with tomatoes and red onions and no other flavor. And we had seasonal vegetables, which were broccoli cauliflower, carrots and Swiss chard. I guess they must have been seasonal when and where Birdseye froze them, but they were not seasonal to the Caribbean. The only redeeming quality of the place was that the server was really nice, but it could not make up for the total lack of inspiration and skill in preparing their dishes.

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3  Thank SaoNYC
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Reviewed 23 October 2012

Good food, cosy surroundings, good for a romantic couples dinner. One part of the restaurant is in a greenhouse style atrium which is very pleasant

Thank JohnTs58
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Reviewed 11 June 2011

I was deeply disappointed by this restaurant (and mildly disappointed by the hotel, where we were staying). This was our last night in Trinidad & Tobago, and we were hoping to eat someplace nice. It was the night before Easter, so maybe the waitstaff's sullen disinterest in us and our meal were due to the fact that they had to work on a holiday eve? I don't know, but they didn't inspire much sympathy.

The menu was very short, with nothing unique or interesting. We both ended up eating hamburgers, simply because there was nothing that sounded very good on the menu (i.e. interesting local cuisine - the menu at the local roti joint was far more stimulating). We had some soup and salad as well - everything was fair, unimpressive, edible, overpriced. The house red wine was atrocious, so acidic I couldn't finish a glass. What was worst of all, though, was the atmosphere. It reminded me of a restaurant near my hometown where some aspiring restauranteur bought an old Pizza Hut, and tried to retool it into an elegant (and expensive) gourmet bistro - except that place, at least, had windows and some natural light. Battimanzelle is in a basement (it may be ground level, but it definitely feels like a basement) with no windows (or so few we didn't notice them). The decor consists of bright, gaudy paint colors in stark contrast with the bleach white of the ceiling and anything outside of the immediate dining area. There is no attention to detail. The tablecloths, place settings, etc. are cheap and plain. There are exposed pipes and such that give the whole room the feel of a warehouse that someone splashed some red and yellow paint onto (and we're not talking an intentional industrial loft minimalist ambiance, either). I don't know why this restaurant is so highly recommended, unless this really is the best that Port of Spain has to offer? I hope not; that idea makes me sad. We saw some other restaurants in the center of town that looked much more appealing than this, but didn't eat anywhere else that wasn't ultra-casual. Oh, I should add: there is a nice terrace you can dine on, but for some reason they wouldn't let us (we were the only ones there for dinner).

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5  Thank jessbarga
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Reviewed 2 March 2010

This restaurant is very expensive but a great menu and wine lists. Parking at this restaurant requires some maneuver. The restaurant is associated with a local hotel. The fish selection is excellent and always fresh. Full coast dinner for 2 well be over $100US excluding alcohol but at is worth the visit.

1  Thank DennisTyler_Texas
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Reviewed 29 October 2009

Went for lunch there January this year for my birthday ( we were staying overnight ) It was absolutely delicious and the service very good , so good we decided to have dinner there to , that was a mistake .
The setting outside was lovely but we were served by two pregnant waitresses who looked like they were going into labour any minute . The meal was average and the waitress had no knowledge of the wine on the wine list .
The dessert was particulary awful a coconut creme brulee which was disgusting . We were the last table in the restaurant and were made to feel uncomfortable as we were the last guests there . Totally different from the lunch experience .Would we go back , yes just for lunch not dinner .

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1  Thank JackieO07PortOfSpain
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