REVIEW: Paradis de la Creme, MovieTowne, Invaders’ Bay


MovieTowne is turning into quite a culinary hub for those in North-West Trinidad. When it first opened it was a bit of a wasteland (outside of the cineplex). The biggest non-movie attraction for the longest while was ‘Shakers’, an outdoor pub/bar. However over the last 12-18 months there’s been an explosion of eateries, representing everything from sushi (Hanami’s), to Trinidad Creole (Woodford Café) to American chain eating (TCBY’s and Ruby Tuesdays), Chinese (Shanghai Experience), Irish (J. Malone’s) and much more!
On my latest jaunt (to see the Simpsons movie) my friend and I dropped by Paradis de la Creme, the complex’s resident bakery/patisserie.

Their treats are always breathtaking and artfully displayed:

So far I have only sampled their desserts, but they also offer savoury pastries, quiches and breakfast and lunch offerings. The premises are always clean and well maintained and the quality of the food remains consistent. Service can be spotty though and the staff often seem visibly inconvienced by customer requests, even when placing orders. Even though I haven’t personally had much trouble when there, on this visit they twice messed up my friend’s requests and she had even more ‘horror stories’ of past interactions. Tsk Tsk Tsk :(

This time around I decided to try out their Noyers (according to their description “walnuts, coffee and caramel in perfect harmony” )

The flavours of coffee and chocolate were so intense that I almost passed out from the first bite. and the texture somehow managed to be simultaneously dense but mousse-like. The layers floated above a layer of walnut pieces. I personally would have preferred the walnuts to have been ground or broken into smaller fragments, as I’m not a fan of bold nut chunks, but that may just be a personal hangup of mine. I would definitely purchase it again the next time around but I really have my eye on the Fruit Tartlets, Fruit Slices and Oreo Mousse cakes… Ooo la la!


Paradis de la Creme
MovieTowne
Invader’s Bay
868-624-6378

TG Rates This Experience:

Taste – 4/5
Ambience – 4/5
Price – 4/5

Overall Rating: 4/5

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  • http://lilandra.com/blog Lilandra

    I think I liked the previous management better…
    The last time Chennette and I went there I was really dissatisfied with their service. I ordered soup in bread…

  • http://lilandra.com/blog Lilandra

    I think I liked the previous management better…
    The last time Chennette and I went there I was really dissatisfied with their service. I ordered soup in bread…

  • http://kellytheculinarian.blogspot.com Kelly Mahoney

    And I almost passed out seeing that photo! Looks delicious, but oh so decadent. I feel liked I need to go to the gym just looking at it!

  • http://kellytheculinarian.blogspot.com Kelly Mahoney

    And I almost passed out seeing that photo! Looks delicious, but oh so decadent. I feel liked I need to go to the gym just looking at it!

  • http://rachelsbite.blogspot.com Rachel

    Those all look SO delicious! I especially like the Opera one. . .

  • http://rachelsbite.blogspot.com Rachel

    Those all look SO delicious! I especially like the Opera one. . .

  • http://www.melecotte.blogspot.com/ Chris

    Oh my, my ,my! I would like one of each please! :)

  • http://www.melecotte.blogspot.com/ Chris

    Oh my, my ,my! I would like one of each please! :)

  • http://chennette.wordpress.com Chennette

    Ditto what Lilandra said. They’ve had changes in management, and while the current managers/owners seem to be eager to please, the actual seem reluctant to explain, don’t approach you at the counter when you want to order and make mistakes with orders. And we go there almost everytime we go to Movietowne (so it’s not a one time experience), even if only to pick up some desserts to take away (for the folks) because those are still excellent.

  • http://chennette.wordpress.com Chennette

    Ditto what Lilandra said. They’ve had changes in management, and while the current managers/owners seem to be eager to please, the actual seem reluctant to explain, don’t approach you at the counter when you want to order and make mistakes with orders. And we go there almost everytime we go to Movietowne (so it’s not a one time experience), even if only to pick up some desserts to take away (for the folks) because those are still excellent.

  • http://interviewteacher.com/blog/?cat=6 Kevin

    There are so many luscious delights I don’t know which to choose first. This will be one of the first places that I come to visit when I hop off the plane.

  • http://interviewteacher.com/blog/?cat=6 Kevin

    There are so many luscious delights I don’t know which to choose first. This will be one of the first places that I come to visit when I hop off the plane.

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  • Raynell

    Hi, I am part of Paradis de la Creme staff, I am sorry to hear that we couldn’t please the customers with our services we are trying hard but getting trinidarian people well service oriented have been our hardest challenger, however we still making the best desserts, soup, salads, sandwich in Trinidad. despite the service, we are working on. And we still the same owners and managers.

  • Raynell

    Hi, I am part of Paradis de la Creme staff, I am sorry to hear that we couldn’t please the customers with our services we are trying hard but getting trinidarian people well service oriented have been our hardest challenger, however we still making the best desserts, soup, salads, sandwich in Trinidad. despite the service, we are working on. And we still the same owners and managers.

  • http://www.TriniGourmet.com Sarina

    Raynell – Thanks for dropping a line, I really appreciate your contribution! I’m sorry to hear about the training challenges you’ve had re: staff, keep working on it, your food is worth it!

  • http://www.TriniGourmet.com Sarina

    Raynell – Thanks for dropping a line, I really appreciate your contribution! I’m sorry to hear about the training challenges you’ve had re: staff, keep working on it, your food is worth it!

  • http://chennette.net Chennette

    it’s good to hear that they’re trying – like I said before, I always got the impression that the owners/managers were willing and eager, it’s just the counter staff
    I haven’t been back in a while, but once I hit MovieTowne, Lilandra and I will check it out :-D

  • http://chennette.net Chennette

    it’s good to hear that they’re trying – like I said before, I always got the impression that the owners/managers were willing and eager, it’s just the counter staff
    I haven’t been back in a while, but once I hit MovieTowne, Lilandra and I will check it out :-D

  • http://chennette.net Chennette

    it’s good to hear that they’re trying – like I said before, I always got the impression that the owners/managers were willing and eager, it’s just the counter staff
    I haven’t been back in a while, but once I hit MovieTowne, Lilandra and I will check it out :-D

  • http://lilandra.com/blog Lilandra

    soooo….i completely understand the whole “can’t get good help”

    can’t get anybody to work for mom *sigh*

    but one day, one day, i *will* have soup in a bowl

    so, Raynell, it’s the same owners as when it was called something starting with a B? Bagatelle or something?

  • http://lilandra.com/blog Lilandra

    soooo….i completely understand the whole “can’t get good help”

    can’t get anybody to work for mom *sigh*

    but one day, one day, i *will* have soup in a bowl

    so, Raynell, it’s the same owners as when it was called something starting with a B? Bagatelle or something?

  • http://lilandra.com/blog Lilandra

    soooo….i completely understand the whole “can’t get good help”

    can’t get anybody to work for mom *sigh*

    but one day, one day, i *will* have soup in a bowl

    so, Raynell, it’s the same owners as when it was called something starting with a B? Bagatelle or something?

  • http://lilandra.com/blog Lilandra

    psst: tuna

  • http://lilandra.com/blog Lilandra

    psst: tuna

  • http://lilandra.com/blog Lilandra

    psst: tuna

  • Rolly

    The present owner was not part of the previous owners that had the extinct Bagatelle. Raynell and her Manager are trying very hard to improve the service, but as we all know its a hard and tedious job traning locals in proper customer ser vice. However I recienty observed that they have a completely new counter staff and they are offering a better customer service attention. The delicacies are just great, breakfast excelent, My congratulation to the entire outfit. Keep on trying and good luck.

  • Rolly

    The present owner was not part of the previous owners that had the extinct Bagatelle. Raynell and her Manager are trying very hard to improve the service, but as we all know its a hard and tedious job traning locals in proper customer ser vice. However I recienty observed that they have a completely new counter staff and they are offering a better customer service attention. The delicacies are just great, breakfast excelent, My congratulation to the entire outfit. Keep on trying and good luck.

  • http://www.TriniGourmet.com Sarina

    I would like to update this post by saying that on my last 3 visits (they are now renamed Dolce Vita) the staff have been wonderful and attentive. Great job Raynell et. al! :) I will republish an updated version of this post in the near future!

  • http://www.TriniGourmet.com Sarina

    I would like to update this post by saying that on my last 3 visits (they are now renamed Dolce Vita) the staff have been wonderful and attentive. Great job Raynell et. al! :) I will republish an updated version of this post in the near future!

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