Sunday 18 August, 2019

London restaurant to host International Doubles Day

As Trinidad and Tobago celebrate Indian Arrival Day on May 30, one son of the soil will be celebrating the contributions of his ancestors in London with International Doubles Day.

Sham Mahabir, the owner of Limin', a restaurant he opened eight months ago in Spitalfields Market, will be selling doubles at half price (full price is £6), to promote our heritage.

Stating that there are days for all types of food, Mahabir said doubles are iconic in Trinidad and there are people around the world who like it.

 “It’s an idea that basically started when I wanted to recognise doubles as a food on the international scene and I wanted to connect Trinidadians and others who love doubles,” he told Loop.

Mahabir said doubles is the number one seller at his restaurant which he opened in October.

“People love the soft texture of it, it has been described as eating clouds. Everyone who tries it loves it. It is so versatile as a dish and so on trend as vegan and being delicious,” he said.

Mahabir sells doubles with cucumber, tamarind and pepper sauce but come Thursday, he will offer geera chicken, smoked herring and curry goat and chicken as toppings.

To celebrate the day, he will also have a Tassa band to entertain patrons.

“It is Indian Arrival Day so it makes sense for us to do something on the Indian side and show our heritage, the importance of the day and where the dishes originate,” he said.

Since opening Limin', Mahabir has been attracting headlines with its distinct Trinbagonian menu.

The restaurant offers accra, chicken wings with soy, garlic, and roasted chilli, mac-and-cheese balls, pepper prawns with soy, chilli, and garlic, plantain wontons and fried rice among other items.

Mahabir told Loop he has created a place where Caribbean people can come together and be themselves.

He said in the few months he has been in operation, they were invited to the Ibiza Soca festival to take over a hotel’s kitchen and increased sales five times over thanks in part to his legendary rum punch.

He said the American embassy in London also invited them to cook for the staff.

And earlier in May, he held the first Jerk and Beyond festival to bring Caribbean food traders together to showcase the diversity of Caribbean cuisine.

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