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St. Paul: West Indies Soul

kcmarshall | Oct 18, 200202:02 PM

My wife and I had a marvelously tasty meal at West Indies Soul in St. Paul last night. The restaurant is located in a store front on the Northwest corner of University & Dale in St. Paul [625 University Ave.].

My wife had the Curried Chicken which was stewed in a savory yellow curry sauce until falling off the bone. The sauce was distinct from an Indian curry and really delicious. I had the jerk chicken - I've always wanted so see what the 'real' stuff is about - and received a heaping serving of roasted chicken pieces heavily covered with a dark jerk rub. The chicken was none the worse for its time in steam table (really!) and the jerk rub was fantastic, richly flavored with just a glimmer of spicyness. Both a gingery jerk sauce and a firey hot sauce came as sides in small condiment cups.

Both plates came with rice and a vegetable side. I had the seasoned rice, my wife the rice and red beans; although we probably would have traded, both were very good. We both had deep fried plantains for the vegetable(?) which were heavenly. Fried to a deep brown crisp, they were moist and buttery tender on the inside.

We didn't realize it at the time but we probably arrived only a few minutes before they were closing. Not only was our tardiness not even mentioned, we were showered with extras because they were out of some dishes. We were presented with the last patty (pastry covered, turnover sorta thing) of the day and the remaining chicken curry in carry-out boxes before we left.

They also offer stewed oxtail, goat, red snapper and chicken as well as a variety of patties and roti. The goat is supposedly only available Thurs. Fri. & Sat; the restaurant is closed Sun & Mon. They have a cabbage vegetable side that they claimed was popular and, in fact, it was gone for the night by the time we got there.

I've been meaning to try this place for quite a while and now I'm mad that I've waited so long. The people are wonderfully nice and the food is fantastic - can't say enough good things about it!


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