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Ortanique - Jamaican food - great!

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Ortanique - Jamaican food - great!

Sgt Snackers | Jul 8, 2006 10:05 PM

I've passed by this little Jamaican place on Huron Ave in Cambridge a few times, but never got a chance to stop in until today. It was fantastic -- wonderful, spicy, authentic Jamaican food, great homey atmosphere and friendly service. Kind of feels like walking into someone's kitchen and asking what's cooking. Went for lunch today and had the jerk chicken with rice and peas, grilled plantains, and cabbage. It was absolutely delicious -- the rice and peas were to DIE for -- the chicken was spicy and it all came together well.

DP had the chicken roti (which, I think they only serve on Saturdays) -- a spicy chicken curry and chickpeas rolled in a thin flatbread roti -- very authentic and incredibly good. In fact, it probably trumped the jerk chicken.

To go with we had the homemade ginger beer -- not fizzy like the stuff you get in bottles, but cloudy, tangy, incredibly spicy -- perfect.

Although the place is tiny, and has odd hours (they close at 7pm, so dinner would have to be early), the food was fantastic. We'll definitely be going back. Would love to hear about other Jamaican places in the area and whether they hold a candle to this one.

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