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Little Jamaica in Chestnut Hill

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Little Jamaica in Chestnut Hill

David De Silva | Feb 25, 2002 10:13 AM

My wife and I ate here on Saturday night and enjoyed ourselves. The dining room is small and quaint with nice artwork on the walls and Marley playing in the background (not that quietly I'd add). Service was laid-back island slow but pleasant, even though the place was not crowded (I had to actually ask the busgirl for a corkscrew and for the 1st time at a restaurant, open my own bottle of wine! Maybe I was just impatient).

Luckily, we decided to skip appetizers thinking (correctly as it turned out) that we would be given large portions. I have always wanted to try curried goat so I did ($14), it's like a potroast with a lamb-like taste. It was good, if a bit too fatty, and quite hot. My wife had the jerk chicken ($12) which was very good, and very hot. The very good and fruity Goldwater NZ Sauvignon Blanc we brought went well and soothed the heat. Entrees came with "white rice and peas" which turned out to be brown rice and red beans.A small house salad also comes with the entree.

Desserts were homemade and good. The bread pudding and rum cake (more like a spice cake)were very dense and heavy. Appetizers and soups are $5-7 (a sampler for $12), entrees $10-15, desserts $3.50. They also have a 5 course meal for $40 and an entree sampler for $35. It is located on Mt. Airy Ave., just off of Germantown Ave. It is currently BYOB, but they are unfortunately applying for a liquor license, too bad.

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