Simply saying “Coconut Curry Shrimp” makes my mouth water all over again for this perfectly balanced dish. Elvi’s Kitchen on San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, serves up this delish delight and is one of their most requested off the menu. I had to find out why and woah… I got my answer loud and clear!
Elvi’s Kitchen is located on Pescador Drive in the heart of San Pedro. Their sandy floors and hardwood interior gives such a natural feel when visiting the restaurant. Also, there is art and I mean, wicked art! A section of their restaurant showcases some of the best talent on the island and in Belize. There are breathtaking pieces of different styles and all the art on sale should you realize you cannot walk away from one of them. Elvi’s secret weapon though is in the kitchen and her name is Chef Jennie Staines. Chef Jennie has been trained regionally as well as in the USA. Her focus is on Maya cooking and the menu at Elvi’s Kitchen reflects that well. Chef Jennie has traveled far and wide representing Belize taking her unique taste of home for others to share and envy. Hi-five for having her here where we can get to taste her food!
When I got to Elvi’s Kitchen for lunch, I was undecided about what to get from the menu. I had only tried a couple dishes before and those tasted great so I wanted to work my my way through the menu. Luckily the guy attending to my table suggested the Coconut Curry. So, that is what I went with and was I glad!
Presentation is key when serving up food for me. I feast with my eyes before I get to eat and when the food was brought to my table, it looked lovely. I just had to take a few photos and was quick with it as I could smell the curry. My first fork full had me pause with delight as all the tastes ran through me. What a wonderful blend of curry and coconut while tossing in some perfectly cooked shrimp and pieces of ripe plantain. Was that a raisin?! Yes please! All of this tossed around with some cooked veggies in a curry sauce. In the middle of this sea of tastiness, a column of coconut white rice to add to the array of yuminess on the plate.
Usually, I have proper manners when eating out but at the end of my meal, I couldn’t resist taking my finger and sliding up the side of the plate the last of that coconut curry flavor. Mmmm, so good.
Ask for the chef and tell her you came just for her cooking. Never know, she may send a treat to your table for the compliment ;).
RESTAURANT: Elvi’s Kitchen
LOCATION: Pescador Drive, San Pedro
post by: JC Cuellar