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Like its elder sibling in Notting Hill, the Carnaby branch of Rum Kitchen is a colourful venue evoking the sights, sounds and flavours
of the Caribbean. Cross the threshold and you’ll hear sunny reggae beats blaring from the stereo, smell sizzling meats and see West Indian patois slogans painted on the bright red, yellow and
green-striped walls. The dimly lit dining room is dominated by a lively beach-shack bar, while the open-fronted kitchen serves refined versions of Caribbean classics ranging from jerk chicken
wings, saltfish fritters and curried mutton to seafood gumbo and pan-fried sea bass with butternut squash and pepper ‘frenzy’ salsa. To finish, go for the caramelised banana pudding or boozy
chocolate cake. Spicy snacks go well with the mighty line-up of over 100 different rums, and there are plenty of calypso cocktails too.
Located in Carnaby Street’s shiny Kingly Court, this is the second Rum Kitchen in London town. The first one’s been open for a year or so and has already attracted His Royal Highness of Wonderment Mr Prince Harry.Less a restaurant, more a beach shack bar that screams unashamedly of its love for rum and sunshine, this place is all about fun, food and good times.The bright brains behind the Rum Kitchen have brought the Bahamas to the city, with blue and white pastel beach hut planks, random patches of sun-faded corrugated metal and odd little trinkets that *might* have been picked up on the beach. The music’s great too, it’s like a party… with dinner...
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Once you realize that the food at The Rum Kitchen (Carnaby) is not the main reason to visit, you end up having a much better time. This shift in focus is lubricated nicely into position with the help of an extensive rum cabinet. There are allegedly 100 different types of rum here, all split up into a melee of rum-based cocktails. To start, a Rumbustion is a dream of a drink, all tall and smooth and happy with Jamaican coconut rum, apricot liquor and orange bitters.A Rubin Carter cocktail swirls 3yr and 7yr Havana rums together in a medium of passionfruit and lime, and is an excellent way to forget the shortcomings of fried squid, which is more crumb than fish. A soft shell crab burger offers more of the same disappointment, featuring a crustacean so limp that a shot of Viagra could not rouse it. The cocktail menu proves adequate therapy once more, where a Rum Rum Sling is pink with cherries and hot with El Dorado rum...
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One can only dream of a picture perfect paradise, white sand beaches, clear blue sea and coconut palm trees. A new beach shack inspired restaurant has opened it doors in Carnaby Street.Nested on the first floor of Kingly court just above Cha Cha moon. The second branch open it’s doors. The only times I’ve eaten Caribbean food is at Jerk Chicken Station in Bethnal Green, and Rhythm kitchen in Stratford.There’s more to life then chicken, peas and rice. The Rum Kitchen offers a selection of Caribbean classic food...
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So that was why I was impressed with the hostess at The Rum Kitchen in Soho, who spent a reasonably quiet late lunchtime gyrating at the desk to a themey little mix of Afro-Caribbean and Latino fusion. She was one more little touch of eye candy in this strangely attractive little restaurant at Kingly Court, just of Carnaby Street, the newborn sister of The Rum Kitchen in Notting Hill.The room is small, on the first floor and opens from the right posh shopping centre into what you may expect a jerk chicken-hawking, rum-serving pseudo-dive would look and feel like. If you’re not sure, then expect a generously appointed bar, stuffed with bottles and glasses which reflect the light like a boozy rainbow, an open kitchen, the smell of jerk spice that stings your nostrils, waitresses with a-symmetrical haircuts and cropped t-shirts, ramshackle furniture and a menu printed on that brown parcel paper… which is pretty much the gastronomic equivalent of a tramp stamp...
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