Monday, 21 September 2015

ATE AT: The Rum Kitchen, Carnaby

I'd wanted to go to The Rum Kitchen for AGES. Like ages and ages. D and I had tried to book a table months ago but every time it was ALWAYS fully booked (due to it always being on a weekend). 

The Rum Kitchen is about all things Caribbean but with a bit of a twist. They bring together a taste of the Caribbean with flavours inspired by the travels of the guys that founded the place. They have two locations - just off Carnaby Street and Saints Road.

SO being in London with a lunch time free, I ventured there with a pal for a delicious lunch. I was pleased to see that although fairly busy, they had a space for us!

The menu's made up of a mixture of small plates, classic, 'buns' and twists. Then you've got the sides and homemade sauces. They've also got specials at each restaurant.

They also do brunch. Which blows my mind and I SERIOUSLY need to go.

I went for one of the small plates (not that small...)  - sticky barbecue ribs (£7.50) SO GOOD!!

The taste was perfect and had a little spice without being too overpowering. The ribs were much meatier than a lot of restaurant bought ribs so were probably up there with some of the best I've had. Naturally I teamed the ribs with a bowl of sweet potato fries (£4) - perfectly crunchy and seasoned.

R went for the soft shell crab burger with spicy tamarind sauce, ginger aioli (which he tells me was AMAZING) and a guava lime relish (£12). For a side, he had a bowl of sweet potato and yam mash (£4 - which I can also confirm was amazing!) He claims it's probably the best burger he's ever had. So a definite recommendation if you're planning a visit there.

The atmosphere was great. The interior felt really authentic for a Caribbean restaurant, the music was great and all of the food being dished out looked seriously good. The staff were good, but nothing out of the ordinary - professional and helpful but not overly friendly, something I would have expected from that style of restaurant.

All in all, I can definitely recommend a visit here. The food was a strong 8 out of 10 and I certainly be returning for brunch and for another main meal so I can try something else off the menu!

Have you been before? Can you recommend anything else for my next visit?


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