Chapel Street has just become a little more tropical. Saint Lucia is bringing the flavours and atmosphere from the Caribbean, Cuba and Gulf Coast to Windsor, infusing a colourful culinary culture with old-fashioned hospitality.
Stephanie Harris and Charlie Ranken are the cigar-touting, rumba-dancing pair behind the venture. With a combined thirty years’ hospitality experience, they set out to create a warm and relaxed space that communicated some of their favourite flavours from years of travel.
To really get into the groove, start with a cocktail – the Saint Lucia-style espresso martini combines coffee, dark rum, kahlua and 3-spice syrup for a twist on the much-loved original. If you’re more of a spirit and mixer kind of drinker, turn to the comprehensive list of rums; after all, no Caribbean-inspired restaurant would be complete without a big selection of a pirate’s preferred drink.
When it comes to food, you’ll find traditional dishes painted with modern flourishes. Cuban staple plantain chips are fried with paprika salt, while the chorizo and goat’s cheese cigars are accompanied by piquillo pepper sauce.
If you’re round for a proper dinner, opt for the Louisiana buttermilk fried chicken, accompanied by pickles, chipotle mayo and house-pickled vegetables, or the smoked caramelised beef brisket, served with house BBQ sauce.
The final piece of the puzzle lies in the Dominique Ansel-inspired dessert. A hazelnut chocolate chip cookie cup is filled with peanut butter mousse and dulce de leche, before being topped with your preferred poison: keep it PG13 on a school night, or order the 18+ for a rum-based surprise.
Saint Lucia is a slice of Caribbean paradise. Offering traditional dishes and exotic elixirs, it’s bringing the tropics to Chapel Street.