Tried Jamaican food from a small St Ann’s takeaway – and was not disappointed
The weather is warming up so we thought it would be the perfect time for community reporter Keimae Blake to review the Jam Rock English and Jamaican Takeaway at St Ann’s. Here’s what she thought of it and she wasn’t disappointed.
Sunshine and good vibes are what come to mind when I think of Jamaica. Been there many times for vacations growing up, one of the things I love most about Jamaica is the food.
I’m not a big fan of ackee and salt fish but I’m open to any other dish!
Upon arrival at the Jam Rock restaurant, there were people sitting outside eating their lunch. The small take-out restaurant is next to a flower shop and continental grocery store at 265 Well’s Road.
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With plenty of options to choose from in store, prices were respectable with a medium serving of soup for £2.50, a medium serving of oxtail for £6 and 5 pieces of chicken or fish for £2.50 .
I went for jerk chicken, rice and peas, dumplings and chicken finger foods (which come in servings of 3) and it’s safe to say I’ll definitely be making another visit to Jam Rock.
Greeted by a lovely gentleman behind the counter, the smell inside was good enough to make you want to try a bit of everything.
For anyone with a sweet tooth, there were also delicious and tempting cakes for the afternoons, including a lovely slice of chocolate cake.
My only criticism being that the jerk sauce was a bit too spicy, the chicken niblets had a crispy, crunchy coating – better than anything at KFC. I would like to know what the recipe for Jam Rock is!
The portion size was just right (I had quite a bit to save) and the rice and peas were delicious as nothing beats rice being undercooked and tough. The jerk chicken was smoky, flavorful and savory with the meatballs having just the right amount of sweetness and crispiness.
After my meal, it’s safe to say I was full and for me, that’s just under ten euros well spent.
So overall I would give Jam Rock cafe a 9/10 highly recommend and was sad to say I forgot my grapefruit flavored BIGGA to wash it all down but don’t worry there is always next time.