Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Peppers and Spice

40 Balls Pond Rd
N1 4AU

After reading some pretty good reviews of this Caribbean takeaway that is close by, I decided to try it out for dinner. Our first trip was on a Monday night, when we ordered jerk chicken, rice and peas, potato salad, mac and cheese, and a beef pattie. Unfortunately, the chicken was dry, and mac and cheese was a bit glutinous, and the potato salad was unremarkable. The beef pattie was good, with a spicy and flavorful filling, and the rice and peas were tasty as well, but that's not a very good hit rate for a meal. Thankfully, we gave it another chance on a Friday night with some friends, and it was like eating at a different restaurant. This time the jerk chicken was spicier and more moist, and we also tried a lot of other dishes - curry mutton, curry chicken, and oxtail stew. One thing to be cautious about is the amount of bones in these dishes, but they were packed with savory sauces that the rice and peas soaked up. A side order of saltfish was a bit strange - very tough to eat and I don't think I'd get it again. The collard greens were great, though the other salads (pasta, potato and cole slaw) were reminiscent of Costco preprepared foods. I think I'd stick to the main meals here, especially the jerk chicken and curries, and avoid going on a Monday.

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