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Bringing Jamaica to Dalston, Rudie’s is a laid-back, good-looking, jerk-focused joint. The smoky aroma of jerked meat being grilled hits you upon entering the casual, light-filled room. Two stylish, palm tree-like wooden installations catch the eye, while reggae provides aural stimulation. Dutiful staff explain the menu: bammy bruschetta is cassava pounded into a hard, starchy patty and scattered with salt-cod; mini patties contain jerk chicken, curried goat, vegetables or lobster; calamari gets the jerk treatment with a coriander and lime dip. We chose the ‘Ya Man!’ jerk platter, with chicken, pork and lamb, served with various hot sauces (and boy some of them are hot). Moreish slices of lightly spiced, tender lamb sat alongside super succulent chicken and melt-in-the-mouth pork. A rum cake dessert was delicious though somewhat pricey (£10.75 if you add a shot of £4 rum), while the bar provides fun via a stellar range of rums, cocktails (sugary, fiery) and international wines. The ‘tek it easy mon’ ethos clearly appeals to East London’s cool cats, as Rudie’s is full most nights of the week.
I’m eating around the world without leaving London and this week it’s Jamaican food at Rudie’s. Jamaica is very well-represented here in London when it comes to food, so it was actually hard to pick a place to go to. Too much choice. However, when Emerald Street wrote about the zingy cocktails at Rudie’s, the choice was a lot easier. I’d booked ahead just to be on the safe side, although it was only a Tuesday. You never know in this city. My friend was a half hour early, so when I got there she was already enjoying her two-for-one cocktails. I soon followed suit.We didn’t bother with any starters and went...
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The last time I ate Jerk chicken was back in 2011 on our trip to Jamaica. My dad convinced a local lad, he met on the beach, to show us the country. He accepted and drove us in his own car too some of the most stunning locations. Most of these were unknown to tourist and favourites with the locals. Looking back at it, my dad took a great risk with his two young daughters, but these are still some of my most cherished memories.
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