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scotch bonnet reopens

adrienne | Oct 18, 2001 04:56 PM

...boasting a bright neon sign and new dark, dark interiors.

We went on Friday night, and there were probably about two or three other tables occupied during our three-hour stretch.

Service was very friendly, if a little muddled. A number of our orders got mixed up. Prices seem to have risen. We each ordered appetizers and mains. With a few drinks, the total for 2 people came to $96 -- which seemed like a lot given the uneven quality of the food.

The cha-cha wings were fine, but tasted too much like sweet and sour chicken. The cod fritters were just a touch rubbery but came with a great scotch bonnet pepper sauce. We were also served complimentary pigeon pea soup, which had unusual flavors but was nice.

The pineapple chicken was very nicely presented and delicate. The jerk salmon, however, was undercooked and a bit overwhelmed by the sauce. Two sides came with each main -- we tried the rice & beans (good); collard greens (fair); and plantains (good). They had callaloo but the side cost an extra $4 whereas the plantains cost an extra $2.

As for drinks, I highly recommend the ginger beer -- v strong, v tasty. The bar is not well stocked -- and an order of Heineken -- in addition to costing $6/bottle -- tasted distinctly un-Heinecken.

Altogether an okay dining experience -- nowhere near as good as some had led me to expect.

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