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Sugarcane on Flatbush/Bergen

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Sugarcane on Flatbush/Bergen

the supersleuth | Jan 27, 2005 03:28 PM

I tried this place last night after wanting to for a while (I heard some people talking about it on the subway) and was not disappointed.

Vibe: It was rather late on a Wednesday (around 10 pm) but there were still quite a few diners and a number of people at the bar. Music (which was loud but not obtrusive) was r&b, reggae, dub. Attractive but simple room with pretty flower arrangements.

Service: We ate at the bar. The bartender was very attentive, low key but nice.

Meal: Excellent rum punch. This is a must-have here. Sort of heavy on the bitters which I love.

The portions are very generous. This would be a good place to go with a group of 4 to 6, so things can be shared.

Salt-fish cakes: A bit salty for my taste, but I guess that is the point. They were very nicely spiced and spongy in an interesting way.

Saheena (fritters made of split-peas and some sort of greens). Quite spicy in a curry-like way. Also a spongy texture sort of like a hush puppy.

Vegetable Roti: Definitely my favorite dish. Nice and spicy, perfect balance of chickpeas, cabbage, potatoes and peppers all stewed to point of softness but not mushiness. It was very difficult to stop eating this even once I was full.

Grilled shrimp on mesclun salad: I wasn't that fond of this but my husband liked it. I thought the shrimp were too rich in combination with the spices rubbed on them and found the salad dressing sweet for my tastes, but I don't think it was prepared badly. Maybe not the best choice here.

Check: We each had two cocktails, ended up taking food home with us (my lunch today) and spent about $80 total. Not bad at all. We didn't order any of the main entrees, but I think if we had we would have shared an appetizer and ended up with the same bill (I believe the entrees were all under $20).

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