A little taste of the Caribbean

Spring has sprung (kind of). Well the sun has been shining a bit more which always feels good. So to end a lovely day out at the seaside we decided to go for a meal out. We  went back to our roots and decided to eat at a fairly new Caribbean restaurant near where we live. The restaurants description of what they offer is ‘Caribbean and American soul food’.

What are the foods of the Caribbean?

Well, there is *rice and peas, ackee, salt fish, yam, green banana, plantain, the list goes on. (Mouth watering yet?)

Back to Caribsoul…

We were greeted with a delicious smells of spices and and friends smile when we entered the restaurant. We were told we order our food at the counter and then could take a seat where we wanted. We decided on macaroni cheese, rice and peas, coleslaw so escovitch fish. As pescatarians the only downside was we were a little limited on food choices. Alternatively we could have had ackee and salt fish.

Once the food was ordered and we were seated we didn’t have to wait long. Just after a bottle labelled ‘very hot sauce’ was placed on the table, our food arrived.

It was a good amount for two and tasted delicious. It wasn’t too spicy hot and the fish was cooked perfectly. Could have done with a fish gravy as the only one on offer was chicken gravy, which we of course couldn’t have. Other than that, a great meal.

The food was met with a great Caribbean atmosphere leaving us laughing and reminiscing at hearing the ‘old school’ reggae and soca tunes playing in the background.

We will definitely pay them a visit again.  Think we’ll give the ackee and salt fish a go next time.

*

  • rice and peas–  one of the unspoken rules of eating rice and peas in Jamaica (usually kidney beans it gungo peas) is that it is eaten on Sunday’s, but of course you can eat it whenever you like. It is one of the staple foods all over he Caribbean. We have used easy cook rice when making it, but basmati is good too.
  • ackee– it’s a fruit that when cooked looks a little like scrambled eggs. Usually accompanied by salt fish. It’s the national fruit of Jamaica.
  • salt fish– it’s fish cured with dried salt and then preserved to eat at a later date.
  • plantain– it’s a member of the banana family. It is not suitable for eating raw, so needs to be cooked (fried is delicious and boils is great in soup)
  • green banana– the flesh is from and starchy rather than soft and sweet. One of the best ways to cook them is boiling.
  • yam– there are over 600 varieties. They are another great vegetable to have in soup as well as boiled and part of a dish such as fried fish and rice and peas. Yams along with plantain, and green bananas can usually be found at your local food market.

 

If you fancy checking them out for yourself, you can find them at:

46 George street, Croydon, CR0 1PB

http://www.caribsoul.com

Happy eating!

 

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