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Rhythm & Spice, Central Sq., Cambridge

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Rhythm & Spice, Central Sq., Cambridge

Limster | Jan 18, 2003 01:10 AM

I like the soulful down-to-earth vibes of the place and the food.

Generous conch fritters came light and with a nice springiness, punctuated by bits of peppers. I did wish for a deeper conch flavour, especially since the tomatoey dipping sauce needed to be applied sparingly to get the entire taste spectrum in a bite.

Jerk chicken was quite admirable. I loved the deep charred crisp on the chicken and the sauce came tangy and hot. These two layers of smokiness were joined by a third in the earthy spice of the rice and beans. Good homey stuff, full of meaty gratification. OK side of veggies but pleasant plaintains.

Homemade ginger beer is seriously gingery, a full on aroma of the spicey root that lingers after a drink.

Rum raisin ice cream was average at best (especially since Toscannini's is around the corner), icy and too soft, flavors were decent but not much more.

The snapper dish the guys next to me at the bar got smelled intensely good, tomatoes and onions and all sorts of rich things (they were kind enough to recommend that and offer free smells). I'll be trying that next time.

On the whole, an enjoyable and fairly inexpensive dinner, fuss -free and come as you are. With hearty plates of honest-to-goodness food that reflects a competent kitchen, it's a pretty good deal if you ask me.

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