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Natalie A.

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Jul 1982 , Female
Member since Jun 2014
Lives in United Kingdom
Reviews written: 3
Restaurants rated: 0 (this year)

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Jamaica Patty Co

26 New Row, London WC2N 4LA

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by Natalie A.   (3)

Aug 2014

The Jamaica Patty Company stands out for all the right reasons. Located in Covent Garden, and as one of few Jamaican eateries in the West End, this is the ‘go to’ place for something quick, tasty and wholesome. Recently opened in 2013, the simple name derives from a simple Jamaican concept in the form of good quality patties, with succulent fillings such as jerk chicken, spicy beef, ackee & saltfish and curried goat. The ‘no need to wait for an invite’ entrance, openly welcomes passersby, whilst the black and yellow décor exudes modernity and the flag colours poised creatively on the back wall, give it an authentic Jamaican feel. Allowing my eyes to wander up and down the menu, I couldn’t decide between a curried goat or ackee & saltfish patty. Eventually, I opted for my usual of curried coat, priced at £3.99. Fresh from under the heat, it was tasty to say the least. The yellow flaky pastry was soft with a delicate buttery taste, whilst the curried goat was well-seasoned with aromatic spices and a slight peppery taste which wasn’t overbearing and left a memorable taste in the mouth. The menu, prepared by renowned Jamaican chef Colin Brown, has recently been extended to include breakfasts such as banana porridge, banana bread & Blue Mountain Coffee, soups and their ‘Devon House I-Scream in various tropical flavours. Worthwhile visit especially if you’re passing………

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  • Food & Drink: 10
  • Service: 8
  • Atmosphere: 6
  • Value: 10

Dub Jam

20 Bedford Street, London WC2E 9HP

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by Natalie A.   (3)

Aug 2014

Walk past quickly and you might fail to spot Dub Jam, Covent Garden’s newly opened Jerk BBQ & Rhum Shack that gives diners some ‘reggae love’! No bigger than a train station tuck shop, Dub Jam isn’t one of those places that sits in the corner like ‘butter wouldn’t melt’. Full of character and charm, the decor plays homage to the ska era, with iron clad walls covered in graffiti and colour, a bamboo covered ceiling and a bar made from a surf board. As an ex cloakroom, with just four tables, a short wait is likely, but don’t let that phase you, as its worth sticking around. Reggae and roots, playing from vinyl, fills the shack from a sound system you’d expect to see in a carnival procession, as diners sit comfortably on industrial sized oil cans and eat off wooden benches that gives it a real ‘street food meets pop up restaurant’ vibe. If you’re looking for a place where you get the usual ‘starters, main and dessert to follow’ service, then don’t expect to find that here. In true Caribbean style, you just eat. The menu, although short and sweet, had me jumping between options before I was sold on Jamaica’s classic ‘jammin’ jerk chicken, which arrived with coloured peppers resembling the Jamaican flag. Lightly dressed in a mixture of spices, the chicken was flavoursome and tastefully tender. A side order of sunshine slaw with yoghurt and coconut, tasted delicately creamy giving that ‘lick your lips’ after taste. My all-time favourite of Rice and Pea’s with rainbow peppers along with a generous portion of KJ’s sweet potato chips which had been ‘tossed’ in oil and dusted with mixed herbs, finished off my order…and yes, I did manage to finish it all. To drink, I chose the refreshing juicy train, a fruity mix of orange and pineapple juice served in a cute tin can. The relaxed atmosphere matches the service which was pleasant, warm and served with a smile. We might not be as lucky with the weather as they are in the Caribbean, but there is something about this place that makes it feel all sunny inside. Worth the visit as the ‘reggae love’ is all there.

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  • Food & Drink: 10
  • Service: 8
  • Atmosphere: 10
  • Value: 10

Pavilion

96 Kensington High Street, London W8 4SG

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by Natalie A.   (3)

Aug 2014

Located on Kensington High Street, Pavilion is a fine dining, brasserie style eatery headed up by Adam Simmonds. The food is described as ‘seasonal British and creative’, with a traditional menu featuring a wide selection of meat cuts and freshwater fish. Pavilion has a contemporary look, it's main attraction being the central pewter bar. On entering, you are greeted with an overflow of hand made flower arrangements, beautifully arranged and appealing to the eye. Marquina marble throughout gives modernity and an enticing charcuterie counter featuring a selection of meats and cheeses quickly had the taste buds watering. I skipped past the starters and went straight to the mains, choosing sirloin steak with beer pickled onions, truffle salad, whipped bone marrow and chips in beef dripping. My steak arrived perfectly medium, exactly how I like it and the bone marrow was delectable and perfectly accompanied the steak. The portion was of reasonable size, although the fact I could actually count the number of chips on my plate was something of unusual! For dessert I chose Buttermilk mousse with orange blossom and granite which was light, fruity and soft in texture. The wine list is extensive, offering a varied selection of wines, champagne and cocktails. I opted for a glass of house white which was sharp but flavoursome in taste. Known as a business members club, Pavilion is unfussy and relaxed and makes for a great evening for food lovers who enjoy fine dining in a casual setting.

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Natalie A.'s rating

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  • Food & Drink: 8
  • Service: 8
  • Atmosphere: 8
  • Value: 8

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