Get in the carnival spirit with our roundup of tasty Caribbean restaurants around our capital.
In case you hadn’t realised, it’s Notting Hill Carnival this weekend, and that means great music, food and lots of dancing. If you fancy preparing yourself for the massive party vibes about to ensue, then line your stomach with all the yummy Caribbean fare you can.
1. Cottons, Notting Hill, Camden and Shoreditch
With branches in Notting Hill, Camden, Shoreditch and soon-to-open Vauxhall, Cottons is usually found at the top of many lists of great Caribbean restaurants in London. Feast on classics such as Trinidadian fish curry or curried mutton with rice and peas. Or opt for modern twists such as jerk pork burgers, crayfish & lobster mac n cheese or passionfruit soufflé. Either way, you’ll leave with a smile on your face and a very full stomach.
Find your nearest branch here.
2. The Rum Kitchen, Notting Hill, Brixton and Soho
Good vibes are always ensured at The Rum Kitchen and we already know their Reggae roasts are the stuff of Sunday feasting dreams. Chow down on pork belly ribs, roti pizzas and of course, leave room for some seriously great rum. It’s all in the name after all. You can even book onto a rum masterclass if you fancy yourself as a master mixologist.
Find your nearest branch here.
3. Ma Petite Jamaica, Camden
Priding itself on being London’s first Caribbean diner, this place is situated in bustling Camden and is full of tasty rums, cocktails and of course, some marvellous munches. Expect to sample some real classics from their jerk pit, reggae bar and indulge on one of their Belly Full meals.
4 Inverness St, Camden Town, near Camden Road station, NW1 7HJ.
4. Fish, Wings & Tings, Brixton
Brixton is brimming with loads of eatery options, (especially of the Caribbean variety) but Fish, Wings & Tings is a standout. Taking well-known Caribbean street food options and turning them into modern variations is a big ask but this menu spans everything from reggae wings, split pea fritters and lots of yummy curries.
Brixton Village and Market Row, 99 Coldharbour Lane, Brixton, near Brixton station, SW9 8PR.
5. Jamaica Patty Co, Covent Garden
Jamaican patties are not to be confused with a Cornish pastie, as these can be found in flavours such as Ackee & Saltfish, Curried Goat and Jerk Chicken. This grab’n’go Covent Garden restaurant not only sells these flavoursome parcels but also dishes up hot meals, soups and fresh juices too.
26 New Row, Covent Garden, near Leicester Square station, WC2N 4LA.
6. Three Little Birds, Brixton
With a menu that changes seasonally and small plates designed for multiple orders and feasting in groups, this Brixton restaurant even offers a Bottomless Brunch option. Who can pass up the chance to have unlimited prosecco whilst chowing down on ripe plantain and chicken wings, right?
7. Theatre Royal Bar And Kitchen, Stratford
Not a huge restaurant with lots of branches, but still a hidden Caribbean gem all the same. This bar and kitchen is a lovely addition to the Theatre Royal in Stratford and has lots of free music events, cocktail happy hour deals and of course, tasty lite bites and main dishes to leave you a very happy customer.
Gerry Raffles Square, near Stratford station, E15 1BN.
8. BOOM Burger, Notting Hill
If you’re looking for bold Caribbean flavours but in burger form, this place is the one for you. Famed as “a little piece of Jamaica in the heart of London”, this Notting Hill restaurant is more than your average burger joint. Get your chops round a Mad Boom burger and of course, opt for the plantain fries to be washed down with some Boom Juice (a good ole cocktail to you and me).
272 Portobello Road, Notting Hill, near Ladbroke Grove station, W10 5TY.
9. Café Caribbean, Shoreditch
This lovely little stall in the Old Spitalfields Market always manages to entice us with their lovely aromas and welcoming service. Offering all the classics such as Curry Mutton, Stew Beef as well as tasty fritters and sides, don’t be afraid to enquire about all the options and you’ll no doubt leave with a big box of soul-warming treats.
Pavilion Building, Old Spitalfields Market, near Liverpool Street station, E1 6EW.