Yesterday, in search of some good trini or jamaican food (or a combo) but too tired to go all the way to liberty ave., my family and I tried Church Ave and Flatbush. First stop was Ram's Roti, where, despite mind achingly loud music and a surly server, I got a potato roti, a beef curry roti, a veggie plate, and some jerk chicken.
Then, heading down flatbush, looking for doubles (since Ram's was out of them) we passed Peppa's, which I have heard has the best jerk in brooklyn, if not in the city. So, even though I had already gotten some jerk, being a true hound I got some more. (never found the doubles, though. Even Ali's was out of them.)
Brought it all home to have a big feast with kiddies and grandma and grandpa. Here's the rundown:
Ram's rotis are excellent. Didn't try the potato, as that was for my kids and they ate it up, but the beef curry, which has the potato in it as well, was delicious. The rotis themselves are nice--good texture, tasty and pliant.
Ram's veggie plate (okra, squash, and spinach) was also good.
The big surprise, though, was the jerk chicken. I hadn't held out high hopes for Ram's jerk chicken, but it was in fact, excellent. Charred but still somehow juicy, and the sauce was good. It had that "jerk" flavor and was spicy, but not sweet. The chicken came with rice and peas that were just okay, definitely the low light of all the Ram's food.
I was psyched about Peppa's because when I went in, all I could hear was the thwack thwack of cleavers hacking up chicken, a sound that reminds me of the people chopping barbecue at the skylight inn in NC and that I think always augurs good food. Got the chicken with the sauce on the side.
The chicken was great, grilled but moist. The sauce was good, too, but not what I think of as jerk sauce. It was too sweet, almost a cross between jerk and barbecue sauce.
So, given the sauce issue, Ram's won out for me. I prefer a jerk sauce that isn't on the sweet side.
I would definitely go back to peppa's and be happy. But i thought Ram's was a real find. I hadn't heard about it before and was very happy with it.