SquareMeal Review of
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.
Bottomless Brunch: £18
Maximum of 8 diners. Includes VAT, excludes service.