“It’s like Notting Hill Carnival every day of the week!”
So, my sister and I decided to take my mum out to London for her birthday, and we thought we might give Rum Kitchen a try. It’s located quite near Oxford Street, in Kingly Court, which is so picturesque, really pretty in the sunshine.
First Impression: Once we got closer we were confident that we had made a good choice – you could hear the music coming through the door before you’d stepped in and it just gave off a really good vibe. The playlist of this place is distinctively dancehall/bashment/afrobeats, and if that’s your type then you’ve come to the right place. The staff were super friendly and we had a laugh over the music – they seemed to love the fact that my mum was probably enjoying the tunes the most.
“Bruk off your back? I dance to this in Zumba!”
^ that’s a link to the menu for your perusing pleasure. For me, the menu was refreshing – the different flavours put together in some of the dishes I would have never expected, but I trust that they tasted great. Both my sister and my mum ordered the Jerk Bowl whilst I settled for the Jerk Chicken Burger. Price wise, I definitely think the Jerk Bowl was value for money – the portions were very decent for the price. However, I think my only gripe would be that I wasn’t keen on paying £9.50 for just a burger. Now I’m not at all a Scrooge, but I felt for only one (and a half?) pieces of jerk chicken in my burger, in my eyes it didn’t feel like I was eating £9.50 worth of burger – do you know what I mean? To be fair it probably serves me right – who comes to a Caribbean restaurant and orders a burger?!
Unfortunately we didn’t try the cocktail menu (I’m sure there’s a rule against drinking with your mum at 2 o’clock in the afternoon) but I know I will definitely be back with some friends (sorry mum) to give it a go.
Overall Impression: It 100% does Caribbean food justice – which I think is the most important thing if a restaurant is going to be culturally niche. I can’t stress enough how much the music contributed to making such an easy going, enjoyable atmosphere. Will be back for sure!
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