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A group of smart young London entrepreneurs have captured the carefree, sun-kissed mood of a Caribbean beach shack with this restaurant and cocktail bar. The ground-floor dining room is decked out in colourful timbers, with an open kitchen and easy-going staff. Pop in for spicy soft-shell crab burger or salt-fish fritters, or settle down to a helping of jerk chicken or mutton curry with rice and peas. It’s fun and funky, promoted through social media and word of mouth among an upmarket, party-loving crowd – there’s no sign outside the door. “Everyone looked like they were having a good time. And so did we” reports one fan. From 11pm it’s party time and a playlist compiled by DJ Fast of Fun Lovin’ Criminals keeps the beat going in the basement. The dedicated rum bar holds more than 100 bottles; ask for a bespoke cocktail.
It could be the Mauritian in me, but wave the prospect of rum, rotis, calypso music and sunshine vibes in front of my nose and I’m first in line. Situate these in Notting Hill - one of the epicentres of London’s vibrant Caribbean community - and you have a great next-best substitute when a flight to the Port of Spain is still a depleted bank balance away.The Rum Kitchen looks like the sort of place you could imagine on a white sandy shore, full of natives whiling away languorous hours over games of backgammon and tumblers of dark rum - but with a dose of London refinement...
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