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Jamaican Jerk Hut

joypirate | | Aug 24, 2005 10:01 AM

A group of 4 stopped by Saturday night, as it seemed a good night to try out the veranda we’d seen. Behind the restaurant there’s a nice patio with some well-chosen reggae music playing.

The ox-tail was so-so, not meaty enough for my taste. The meat itself was good, just wish there was more of it. Caribbean Delight has a better oxtail (with slow-braised Brazilian oxtail being my favorite incarnation of this fine piece of meat). Rice and beans were good as well, though they’d have been even better if they would have given me an extra spoonful of the sauce used to braise the ox-tail.

They were out of roti, which was unfortunate, so friends went with the curries and jerks. Jerk chicken was good, zippy jerk flavor, though I prefer mine a little spicier. Also, curried chicken was good, as was the curried goat. Curried goat was probably the best thing I tried, nice and tender, not too gamey, almost like a curried veal.

We brought 2 six packs and they put them on ice for us (including one six pack of the obligatory Red Stripe). Once we got there we realized we had some good rum at home and they sold ginger beer here. They’re very accommodating with their BYO policy and they’d be happy to mix up “Dark and Stormy’s” if requested (rum & ginger beer). We’ll definitely do this next time. We bought a few bottles of ginger beer on the way out; 3 regular bottled brands and one bottle that was considerably more expensive ($3.25 a bottle) but homemade by a guy who comes in once a week with a new batch. The dark and stormy’s we had later were mighty tasty and the homemade ginger beer had a nice, spicy ginger punch to it. The homemade ginger beer you almost HAVE to cut with rum it’s so rich.

I don’t think I’d order the ox-tail again; I’d probably go with the goat curry or try the roti. Or maybe even get a batch of their jerked chicken wings. The best part about the place is the veranda. You’re just sitting in a back lot off South Street but they do successfully make you feel distanced from the city. As we were leaving they were about to show a series of short films in the lot next to us; from the handout it looked like short documentaries. We weren’t too interested, but if we were it’d be a nice spot to watch. All entrées were around $12 unless you got to some of their fish specials which were a bit more.