I barely see the sign and almost miss the turnoff. This place is definitely a hole in the wall. The sign isn't lit and looks like it was made in someone's backyard. I have no fear of gastric rumblings or upset and in I go.
|This is what you get. A counter, some half filled display cases, 2 tables, 8 chairs and amazing food. Pictures of Marcus Garvey are on the wall and CDs of Rasta music are $2 in a case and $1 without. Welcome to Jamaica.
While I'm waiting I spy a patty. I figure two things. First, I'm starving. Second, well, I'm doing all this research for the public good and furtherance of veganism. I want it, need it, and get it.
It's a corn dough and soya filling. The dough is really dried out around the edges, I'm guessing from spending a day under the heat lamps but as I eat from the middle out it's still nice and moist and flakey. The filling is like a mash but then a bit of spicy pepper heat rises and combines with other rich flavors. It's delicious.
|The crust had more of an orange color than the yellow in the picture. The filling looked just as dark.
|Actually I think this is filled past half way and over the lip. The dark in the front right is the Brown Stew Chunk and clockwise, Ital Stew, Curry Chunk and Curry Veggie Shrimp. Cabbage is in the middle.
|The whole dish sits on a bed of brown rice.
I ask if the shrimp are made in house but they come from NY. I once again think of May Wah on Hester Street. I know there are other places but May Wah is my generic name now. The shrimp just pop as I bite down on them. The curry is wonderful and flavorful yet light. The Brown Stew is a heavy flavor and I'm thinking brown gravy, Kitchen Bouquet, Marmite or some such. At this time I question whether or not I even have a palate able to discern flavors because as I eat the Ital stew, comprised of carrots, okra, potato and dumplings, (which I didn't think I tasted), in a thicker lighter gravy I can't begin to pull out more than a few flavors. Curry is predominant but not so much Indian as Caribbean.
I'm not a huge fan of cabbage but this was cooked beyond perfectly. It was so tender but not overcooked and had a delicious sweetness to it.
The Curry Chunks were a familiar flavor but with the same tvp as in the Brown Chunks. The brown rice also was cooked to a perfect consistency.
By the way, the kids name is Chris. He's the son of the owner and I apologize for not asking the first time I ate here.