I have never tried Caribbean food before. We were meant to go last year but never got round to it. My hubby’s colleague, Heath, mentioned that there is a restaurant in Soho called ‘Jerk City‘ that we should try out as they serve excellent Jerk Chicken. So, on Tuesday, we all met up and ate there! 🙂
Jerk is a style of cooking which the meat is dry-rubbed or wet marinated with a very hot spice mixture. I am not really a big fan on spicy food so my hubby ordered the traditional jerk chicken so that I can try it and I ordered a barbeque chicken for myself. It is a small restaurant and it is catered for take away deliveries as well and the staff was really friendly, Heath recommended ordering some starters to go with our meals. Unfortunately, they didn’t have the ‘Fried Plantain’ and the way he described this seemed like a very similar receipe that my mother-in-law has made in the past. It is like friend banana and very sweet. Maybe, I will have a go at making this later on the year!
We ordered macaroni cheese and some fried dumplings. Also, for drinks, I had the fruit punch which was delicious and the boys had the guiness punch. I tasted it and to my surprise, it was not bitter, it was really smooth and sweet and I really liked it!!! It reminded of Bailey’s…Heath said that you can make your own version with some condense milk, cinnamon and abit of nutmeg and you can add some cocoa powder and just whisk it altogether! The mains came with rice and peas although the ‘peas’ were ‘kidney beans’, not sure why they call it peas, a mystery eh? The portions were enormous and the dumplings were like the size of cricket balls!! The food was delicious and very filling! I would definitely go there again and try out the other dishes!
Afterwards, we went to be a bar called The Player which is discreetly hidden in Soho and you go downstairs into a basement area. The place was quite lively and they serve ‘Slider Burgers’ which are mini hamburgers with fries and ample choices of cocktails to choose from! It is a really nice bar as it wasn’t too packed, you can drink or eat there. You didn’t have to wait for ages to get served and the staff were really friendly. It certainly had an American atmosphere!
I really enjoyed my first taste of Caribbean food and would recommend everyone to try it!! 🙂