Had a nice dinner at Port Royal the other night.
It’s a small house right on Broadway at 14th in Santa Monica. It doesn’t look like it belongs in the neighborhood, but once you go in and meet the proprietress, you understand that she belongs anywhere. She’s very friendly and ebullient, and a real pleasure to talk to.
The goat with curry is a real winner. It’s deeply tender from obviously long cooking, and it has a rich flavor with just a hint of interesting gaminess. But it’s not too gamey… you just get the message that it’s not beef or pork. The curry is a yellow cream sauce that adds moisture and a complementary flavor. And you get to pick from 6-7 sides. I chose the brown rice and steamed vegetable which this night was broccoli. Both were cooked perfectly and nicely added to the whole dish.
The jerk chicken is also prepared in a way that indicates they’re not in the fast food business. The jerk flavor is cooked-in, not ladled-over. It's deliciously sharp and penetrating, with whole allspice and black peppercorns. The heat builds as you eat it, which is a good thing. Steamed spinach has a flavor of traditional greens which I love.
This is a real treat. Imho it’s better than either TiGeorge’s or Coley’s, and it rivals Derrick’s.
Port Royal Cafe
1412 Broadway, Santa Monica, CA 90404
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