With mac'n'cheese doughnuts and the Kokomo Kone – aka a waffle cone stuffed with jerk chicken, candied chilli, charred corn, toasted coconut and lime mayo, the team at Saint Lucia has more than a few tricks up its sleeve.
Owners Steph and Charlie Harris created the restaurant in memory of their travels around the Caribbean and American Gulf Coast (Saint Lucia is a small Caribbean nation). Together they have more than 35 years’ industry experience, but this is their first crack at ownership.
The laid-back Caribbean vibe is best embraced in the sunny courtyard with a pitcher of Aphrodite – that’s passionfruit, mint, lime, ginger beer and two rums, including St Lucia Distillers Chairman’s Reserve Spiced. Otherwise, take a prime window seat and start with a serve of the fried plantains, sourced specially from Queensland, before moving onto barbeque items such as jerk chicken and pork ribs.
The menu also mixes in some Mexican influence. There's a range of tacos, including fried chicken, beef brisket, fish and jerk sweet potato. All the meats on the menu are smoked in-house, and the signature hot sauce is made with five different chillies.
Naturally, rum and tequila are the drinks of choice here. Enjoy them neat, or in a range of classic cocktails. There’s also house-infused chilli vodka, soothing Jamaican Red Stripe lager on tap, and a brief wine list focused on light, drinkable bottles.