28 July 2014

Dub Jam

20 Bedford Street, London WC2E 9HP

£23.00 Caribbean Covent Garden
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  • Wine: £14.00
  • Opening Hours: Mon-Sun 7am-12M (Sun -10.30pm)

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Roots reggae, rocksteady and ska booming from dancehall bass bins alert you to the presence of Dub Jam. Inside, it’s not much bigger than a bus shelter, clad in graffiti-daubed corrugated iron panels and decorated with lurid carnival-toned flotsam and jetsam – more Kingston, Jamaica than Covent Garden. Beat-up, ragamuffin-chic sets the scene for flavoursome BBQ street food and booze: dry-aged burgers in flatbread, properly marinated jerk chicken, velvety pork belly, haloumi and pepper skewers; ‘rice ’n’ peace’ – ‘you can get it if you really want it’ here. Still on a reggae tip, there’s no ‘red, red wine’ – or any other colour, for that matter. Alcohol is limited to Carib and Red Stripe lager, rums and a brace of cocktails: we’d like to see something more than lollipop-sweet piña colada ‘slush puppies’ and fruity Wray & Nephew’s punch served in tins at this jammin’ joint.

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  1. As i always say, and probably will for a long time to come - is London's in a frenzy of new restaurants right now. Everyone wants to try a new cuisine, and everyone wants a bargain. And slowly but surely, places like newly opened Dub Jam are doing so well, that the cheap, fast food competitors are disappearing off central London streets. For the incredibly drunk fuelled londoners there will always be that void and places such as McDonalds, in all its disgustingness - at least can keep it controlled. Dub Jam which only opened a month or so ago was heaving when we arrived. The place is absolutely tiny, so do bare that in mind. Previously a cloak room, leading down to the Adventure Bar they've done a fantastic job in this tiny space...
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  2. Transforming a cloakroom into a “rum shack,” tiny 16-seater Dub Jam has opened near Covent Garden serving reggae, rum and Caribbean inspired dishes – all with a heaping side of Jamaican kitsch. The reggae? A selection of Trojan Record classics on heavy rotation. The rum? Jamaican to be sure with easy drinkin’ yet nonetheless potent tropical cocktails. The food? Jerk skewers and burgers mostly. And the kitsch? Well … Despite the thatched roof open-kitchen wedged beneath a massive sound system, the place obviously isn’t really a shack, and it’s a loooong way from the Caribbean. Dub Jam décor features a bar made from a surfboard, and lighting made from floaters...
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