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…
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.…
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!!
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…
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.
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…
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…
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.
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.
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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…