Hidden away in Southsea lies one of the best restaurants in Portsmouth for diners that love exploring world cuisine. Small Island is a labour of love, led by passionate cook and owner Lucille, who is keen to share her skills and heritage through traditional dishes from Dominica. And whether it’s a family gathering or a catch-up with an old friend, Small Island is tailor-made for casual dining.
Diners will find one of the friendliest places to eat in Portsmouth just a stone’s throw from Fratton train station. Small Island would make a fine pitstop after a day out with the family. In fact, it’s just a short drive from local attractions like the Cumberland Natural History Museum, Clarence Pier and The D-Day Story. While commuters will find easy access to the A2030 and the city centre.
Since it opened, Small Island has become an important part of the local community, often full of foodies and expats looking for a taste of home. The charming restaurant’s décor is strongly influenced by island culture, with a clean blue and neutral colour scheme that will make diners feel like they’re at the seaside. It’s easy to see why it’s one of the most relaxing Portsmouth restaurants.
There’s a dish for everyone at Small Island. Like most Caribbean restaurants, they offer staples like juicy marinated jerk chicken, which they serve with their classic rice and peas. Curry lovers should also consider their goat curry, which is sure to deliver a spicy kick. For something a little different, their steamed fish, fried chicken and dumplings should do the trick.
Diners seeking the exotic flavours of the Caribbean won’t be disappointed with a meal at Small Island. Any occasion will be even more of a treat for tastecard members who can look forward to exclusive restaurant savings when they call to book ahead and present their cards upon arrival. It’s a good chance to treat themselves to another round of drinks, a starter or some of their ginger cake.
Please note: You must book in advance and mention the tastecard to be entitled to the discount. The tastecard restaurant discount is not available on celebration days – including, but not limited to, Valentine’s Day, Mothering Sunday and Father's Day.