Rating: 4 mangoes
Gessica Geneus invited me out to dinner with her friends on a beautiful, warm evening in Port-au-Prince. The group was celebrating a someone’s farewell party and birthday at the popular, fine dining restaurant, La Souvenance. As a food fanatic and professional in the hospitality field, I couldn’t retain my excitement. I wanted to see what all the hype was all about. La Souvenance is known for its impeccable service, beautiful exterior and interior, tasteful artwork, and exquisite French cuisine.
The venue alone took my breath away. The photos I took does it absolutely no justice. Each staff member was very welcoming and accommodating. And their white jackets added to the old European charm of the restaurant. Even the restroom was beautifully decorated. I wanted at least three of their paintings. La Souvenance would be a dream reception venue for a wedding in Haiti.
Our bill came out to $90 a person, including wine, tax, and gratuity. The steep price tag (considering we were in Haiti) was much cheaper than what it would’ve been for a fine dining experience in New York City. We didn’t have a prix-fixe menu, but we purchased a good amount of wine. The cocktails were fairly priced at $9 each. I had an amazing martini before our meal. And the Barbancour Rhum based cocktails were excellent.
We each chose an appetizer, entree, and finished our meal with some delicious birthday cake. My appetizer with mais moulu (corn meal) and mushrooms was simply divine. I chose it because it was more reflective of Haitian cuisine than French. My shrimp entree was also delicious, but a little overcooked for my taste. The only criticism I had about the service was they were auctioning our dishes at the table. It’s an absolute faux-pas for any upscale restaurant to do. Each dish must be placed in front of the right guest after the order is taken without having to ask where they go. Considering how beautiful the atmosphere was, and how delightful each dish was, they were instantly forgiven.
La Souvenance may be the best restaurant in Haiti and is worth a visit. It’s the perfect choice for any special occasion.