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Island Breeze -- Caribbean in Ossining

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Island Breeze -- Caribbean in Ossining

Val G | Apr 30, 2000 11:20 AM

I am a spice wimp, and not experienced with Caribbean food, but here is my take on Island Breeze (57 Croton Ave, next to the Ossining Library, 914-923-3810).

Codfish fritters were light tasty, and clean-greasy. I will certainly order them again. The jerk snapper was 3/4" fish steaks grilled dry. The thick layer of jerk topping was beyond my spice threshhold, but so delicious I kept eating with tears in my eyes. My friend wouldn't eat the skin of the jerk chicken because it was too spicey. My husband (of west TX) had no problem with spiciness. The Ackee and salt cod was really good. Not overly salty. But the portion was rather small. The "steamed" callaloo greens were not what I expected. Rather then austere crisp steamed, they had been languishing in a pot with onion, piminto and some hint of smokey greasy meat. Yum.
All entrees come with a big helping of fluffy dry rice and peas, not enough fried sweet plantain, and a respectable green salad.

We spent $58 for 4 entrees, 1 app, 1 side, 2 soft drinks, and tip. Service is friendly, but very slow. No liquor license. They have ginger beer and Jamaican cola. Desserts look good, but we were too full.

Next time I want to try the fried whiting. For meat-eaters, they have mutton curry, curry tripe & beans, braised oxtail with butter beans.

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