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COBBS CORNER – SYDENHAM

COBBS CORNER – SYDENHAM

Cuisine: British/Jamaican Average price pp: £3 – £15 Cobbs Corner, formerly known as Blue Mountain café, is on the main road in Sydenham, kind of opposite the station. The café is owned by two sisters, Julie and Honorata, who worked at Blue Mountain prior to…

LIMIN’ – OLD SPITAFIELDS MARKET

LIMIN’ – OLD SPITAFIELDS MARKET

Cuisine: Trinidadian Average price pp: £15-£20 A Trinidadian restaurant has launched in London and to be honest it’s about time! There are some takeaways of this cuisine which have seating areas but nothing I’ve seen compares to layout at  Limin, which also has a bar.…

TOP 7 JAMAICAN RESTAURANTS INNA LONDON 2018

TOP 7 JAMAICAN RESTAURANTS INNA LONDON 2018

Out of the many cuisines that I have tasted throughout my life, Jamaican food remains one

of my favourites. If I could describe it in one word it would be flavourful.  True Jamaican dishes

cannot be bland. Over this past year, I have dined at many Jamaican food spots and thought that I

would give you foodies a list of the top 7 inna (Patois for in) London, coming from experience of course!

7. Dutchie’s – Croydon

This underground restaurant always has great reggae music for you to chill and relax to whilst eating

some authentic yard fare. Their Guinness punch is unmatched and their calamari is the best

I’ve tasted. Also, be sure to check out their oxtail and jerk chicken dishes with rice and peas.

6. Yah So – Thornton Heath

Fairly new, Yah So has been established for just over a year. They have the best restaurant interior

and exterior that I have seen for a restaurant. The Caribbean Dream cocktail is rich with

fruity flavours and tastes heavenly, so is their jerk pork. If you prefer a

takeaway this service is available or you can go to their sister business, Deli’s takeaway, located next door.

5. Rock Steady Rum Lounge – Gipsy Hill

This cosy, and intimate family run business has been designed to make you feel as though you

are in a 70’s Jamaican household. This nostalgia along with the sweet reggae tunes will definitely

have you in right mood when dining. The jerk salmon is impeccable along with the wings marinated in

their special sauce. The pineapple and mango coleslaw is also tasty and a unique side dish to try.

4. Rudie’s – Dalston

Rudie’s beautifully captures the essence of Jamaican culture whilst simultaneously representing the

flair of East London. If you can handle heat and I’m talking about your mouth on fire, scotch bonnet

heat the boston wings and pepper prawn salad are a great choice. If you have a mild palate the

calamari and papaya and avocado salad are perfect options.

3. Pandaberry – North Finchley

Pandaberry is the definition of authentic Jamaican cuisine. No fusion food, no compromising spices

and flavours, just strictly delicious, traditional Jamaican fare. The owner, Pandora, will have

you feeling at home. I strongly suggest the ackee and saltfish, oxtail and jerk chicken.

2. Ayanna’s – Canary Wharf

Imagine Jamaican and British cuisine fused together and sold in a luxury setting. This is what you

experience when dining at Ayanna’s. The graceful scenery will have you feeling privileged to be there.

The pina colada made with two different rums is divine and so is the duck stir-fry!

1. Negril – Brixton Hill

The food at Negril is so unbelievably fresh that it is evident that the food is sourced organically.

This goodness can be tasted with every bite! I strongly recommend the jerk ribs, saltfish fritters, homemade

ginger beer and oxtail with rice and gungo peas.

So there you have it a countdown to the Top 7 Jamaican restaurants inna London 2018.

Be sure to visit some if not all of these fantastic establishments in the New Year. Each has their

own distinct features which make them amazing and it is important to keep these types of eateries alive in our community!

Jamaican food to di world!!

CUBA COMPAGNIE – BEAUCHAMIS BOULEVARD

CUBA COMPAGNIE – BEAUCHAMIS BOULEVARD

Cuisine: Cuban Average price pp: €20 – €30 Fancy getting a taste of Cuba in the middle of Paris. That’s just what restaurant Cuba Compagnie aims to offer. On a corner of the bustling main road, Beauchamis Boulevard, you can dine both inside and outside. In mild to hotter temperatures…

LA RHUMERIE – ST GERMAIN

LA RHUMERIE – ST GERMAIN

Cuisine: Martiniquais Average price pp: 20 to 25 Euros La Rhumerie is situated in the heart of Saint Germain. The colour theme of the restaurant is brown and green and inside looks very grand and well Parisian. Pictures of dark skinned can be seen on the…

JRK BROS – (INTERLUDEE BAR), LEE

JRK BROS – (INTERLUDEE BAR), LEE

Cuisine: Jamaican/Caribbean Fusion

Average price pp: £15-£25

 JRK BROS is a brand new eatery founded by two friends on a quest to take Caribbean fusion food

to new heights. Both owners have Jamaican heritage and felt that there wasn’t any current

Caribbean restaurants who presented Caribbean cuisine in a modern way, thus they created this

venture to fill this market gap. They are currently operating as a pop up restaurant at Interludee

bar in Lee, South London serving unique dishes that are made from the finest and freshest produce.

After drooling over a variety of exotic sounding cocktails listed on the menu, I settled for the

French Vanilla Ciroc cocktail which was primarily made up of French Vanilla Ciroc hence the name.

I thoroughly enjoyed this drink. The sweet aroma of vanilla could be smelled just as equally as it

could be tasted.

I had a starter of jerk wings, which were incredible. Delicate pieces of chicken came gracefully

of the bone once I bit into them. A light ketchup sauce was drizzled over them giving a sweet

yet tangy savour which complimented the spiciness from the jerk seasoning. The portion

size was also very generous for £4.95.

Now I adore salmon so when I saw that JRK BROS served it jerked in a burger… I had to order.

It came s with coleslaw and sweet potato fries. In my opinion the jerk flavour wasn’t strong

enough so the salmon tasted quite fresh. It was still a good burger though with the bun

being softly textured and the salad being crunchy. Furthermore, the sweet potato fries tasted

good and had a lovely crispy outer layer just how I like them. 

 

Recommendations:

Jerk Wings 

Ciroc cocktail

 

Visit: http://jrkbros.com/

CARIBBEAN SMOKEHOUSE – STRATFORD (WESTFIELD)

CARIBBEAN SMOKEHOUSE – STRATFORD (WESTFIELD)

Cuisine: Average price pp: £25-£35 Lordhavemercy! I managed to make it to the Caribbean Smokehouse! A restaurant founded by none other than Levi Roots: a British-Jamaican entrepreneur who became known to the public after appearing on BBC One’s Dragon’s Den. It was founded in December 2015…

TING N TING – SOUTH WIMBLEDON

TING N TING – SOUTH WIMBLEDON

  Cuisine: Jamaican/Grenadian/Bajan/Caribbean Average Price: £8-£16 Hidden away in Merton Abbey Mills, South Wimbledon stands a beautiful, hut designed Caribbean restaurant Ting N Ting. From the tram stop it’s a bit of a walk and I also had to cut through a park to reach…

THE REAL JERK – STREATHAM HILL

THE REAL JERK – STREATHAM HILL

 

Cuisine: Jamaican

Average price pp: £26

NEW RESTAURANT ALERT! The Real Jerk has opened up a branch in Streatham Hill,

South London. The boldly coloured shop front and the fact that is located on the corner

make it extremely hard to miss. I was on the bus going from Brixton to Croydon and it

caught my attention. Filled with joy that another Caribbean restaurant had opened up close

to home, I had to make a date to visit.

 

This is the first London location with its main and most popular site being in Toronto, Canada.

The site where Rihanna’s record breaking video for her reggae inspired hit “work”

was filmed. It’s that iconic!

There are stalls outside which make a lovely addition for days when the weather is good. The inside

décor definitely screams originality. Tables are plated in images of Jamaicans stars such

as Bob Marley, Usain Bolt and Shelly-Anne Fraser to pay tribute to the talent that emerged

from this tiny, remarkable nation.

The menu is quite small and features traditional dishes such as  jerk chicken, saltfish fritters

and rum punch. The sauce pot has advertised “Try our jerk pork” on it, so I did along with

saltfish fritter and a dutty gyal the cocktail which had Baileys as its base. The name of this

cocktail alone let you know that this is a Jamaican restaurant owned by Jamaican people.

 

The food did take time to come however I was reassured that it was going to come soon. Whilst I

waited a member of the team came and spoke to me which I found to be a great gesture

and good customer service.

My drink, the dutty gyal cocktail was lovely. Baileys is the one of the nicest drinks, my palate

takes to anything that contains it. I did however, feel that for the small amount, £9

was a bit expensive.

When the fritters did arrive I was grateful that such a large portion was given, I would have

preferred a bit more saltfish but on a whole they were big, tasty and full of flavour. For only £3

I think that I should have order another 6 to take out.

The jerk pork with rice and peas were complimented by gravy and salad. I thought that both the

portion size and presentation of this meal were superb. A larger amount of gravy could have

been given as I felt that it wasn’t enough for my meal. Nonetheless, the nice, dry, thick cuts of

jerk pork had a good proportion of tender fat which gave an amazing texture and immense taste.

The smoked, grilled flavour was most certainly present in this dish. It WAS definitely

real jerk, no pun intended.

  • Atmosphere/Setting
  • Food presentation
  • Food quality
  • Service & Organisation
3.6

Summary

In a location full of restaurants of all types of cuisine the Real Jerk has made its mark. Oozing with authenticity it stands out as there is nothing quite like it in its area. To set up shop in Streatham, South London where just like Toronto, has a large population of the Caribbean diaspora, I am overjoyed. The culture of this establishment is bold and uncompromised. It would be nice if they expand the drink and food menu. I believe this eatery will do extremely well and hopefully more sites will open up around the UK in the future, it’s needed.

Recommendations:

All mentioned above

Visit: http://www.therealjerk.com/

THE BEACHCOMBER-QUEENSWAY

THE BEACHCOMBER-QUEENSWAY

Cuisine: Caribbean Fusion  Average price pp: £20 – £26   The Beachcomber is a Caribbean themed restaurant located in Queensway. I say Caribbean because it cannot be linked to one specific island. There are dishes that could be referred to as Jamiacan fusion such as…