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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 […]

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 walls. They were stunning and perfectly represented Afro-Martiniquais culture.

Certain parts of the restaurant could have been neater, it was evident that people had eaten at some of the tables although the restaurant only had a few people dining. After being seated it did take a while for me and my guest to be served. Once we finally were I ordered the chocolat creole and my guest, a mango daiquiri.

The chocolat creole was unusual in a good way. It’s rich, earthy, slightly bitter but sweet flavour was unlike anything that I have had in a cocktail before. The consistency  was thick almost like a milkshake combined with a chocolate mousse. The rum deepened the taste and made all the flavours previously stated stronger. I also detected a hint of orange. Furthermore, I sipped my guest mango daiquiri and found it to be refreshing, fruity and marginally sour.

I selected an assortment of dishes to have as a starter. The first food that I tasted was saltfish accras. It was as if they had been made out of a palatable air. They were extremely light and fluffy, they melted in the mouth too. I then had the crab spread on toast. In short, it was out of this world. A delicious, somewhat fishy, well flavoured paste over a toasted poilâne bread slice. The plantains were extremely ripe which caused them to have a honeyed flavour. They were also quite soft and fried until a nice medium brown colour which made some parts crispy. The final food on this starter dish were cod fish cakes. They were my least favourite. For me the soft fish and hard pastry didn’t compliment each other. I also felt that it lacked basic seasoning.

The service was non-existent and both staff and owner didn’t seem bothered which was disappointing.

The menu description of the pork salad made my mouth water but when it arrived I felt the opposite. Poorly presented ripped up pieces of bacon thrown over badly cut cucumbers, lettuce and tomatoes. I asked if they had mixed up my order… No, this was definitely mine. I had to sent it back. They did offer me another dish but I declined. It completely threw me off along with the displeasing service. It was added to my bill at the end though where I had to explain that I didn’t touch it.  I don’t think I will be visiting there again.

Recommended:

Chocolat creole

Mango daiquiri

Saltfish accras

Fried plantain

Creole crab on toasted poilâne bread

Visit: https://larhumerie.com/

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 […]

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 […]

ALCHEMY – CROYDON

ALCHEMY – CROYDON

Cuisine: Jamaican/Vincentian Average price pp: £6.95-£10 What’s better than eating Caribbean food? Eating Caribbean food in unlimited amounts for £6.95 per person. This astonishing and brilliant deal is available at Alchemy in Croydon from Tuesday-Friday 12pm to 5pm. On Saturdays and Saturdays they transform into […]

CHEF W. SIMPSON

CHEF W. SIMPSON

Chef W. Simpson is the Head Executive Chef at BB Kings Bar and Grill in Times Square, New York City. He was born in Clarendon, Jamaica and has been residing in New York for 15 years. Simpson has cooked for big stars such as Jay-Z and is one of the city’s top Caribbean chefs. He emphasises how love is just as important as any other ingredient when it comes to cooking…

HOW PANDABERRY CAME TO BE NORTH LONDON’S BEST SPOT FOR JAMAICAN CUISINE!

HOW PANDABERRY CAME TO BE NORTH LONDON’S BEST SPOT FOR JAMAICAN CUISINE!

A restaurateur, a cook and a incredibly humble being are words that best describe Pandora, the owner of Pandaberry: a Jamaican restaurant in Finchley, North London. A place where diners can experience a true taste of Jamaican food without visiting the island itself! She is […]


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