As someone who loves to eat, I often like to explore different kinds of food, in this case Caribbean food. Though, I think the name of the restaurant is a bit off since first of, it is misspelled (it should be Caribbean and not Carribean), and also because this restaurant is definitely Jamaican, first and foremost. Of course, there are some things that are common to most Caribbean food, namely rice and peas, and the use of plantains. However, the influence in this restaurant is clearly Jamaican. For example, their plantains are cooked the Jamaican way, that is, the plantains are kept soft and moist as compared to Haitian plantains which are squashed and resemble chips (which is why they are often called banan peze in créole).
Regardless of the influence of the restaurant, I was interested to see what they had to offer, especially given that there are only a few Caribbean restaurants in the west island. I started with some fish cakes. At 3 for 1.00$, they are a steal, and they were delicious. They have a wonderful light consistency with a discreet and pleasant fish taste, highly recommended.
Next, my boyfriend ordered the ackee and codfish. This is considered the national dish of Jamaica, and is made up of ackee (a type of Jamaican fruit), fish and onions. It was served with salad, some plantains and some rice and peas. I personally don’t like this dish because of my intense hatred for onions, but my boyfriend said it was amazing, and the portion was big enough that he was stuffed afterwards.
I ordered the curry chicken. The spice level was not very high, and the curry provided a great balance for the plantains, which have a bit of a sweet taste to them, great for dipping in the curry sauce. I found the plantains to be too few in my plate so I ordered an extra side-dish of them. I found the rice a bit too dry, I would have liked if they had offered gravy to go with it. The salad, which I was too stuffed to eat, had some apple slices in it, making it one notch better than your average garden salad.
I had eaten at this restaurant once before and ordered takeout once as well, but I have to say this was my best experience. When we ordered takeout, I had the chicken rôti, which is considered a Trinidad and Tobago specialty. While it was good, it had bone-in chicken pieces in it. Considering that rôti resembles a type of flaky crêpe which is filled with meat or fish, potatoes and vegetables in curry sauce, the fact that I had to be careful of bones was problematic in my mind, and I won’t be ordering that again. As for the last time we went to the restaurant, we had gone on a Sunday night where there were too many patrons for the staff, and we had to wait very long for service. That time, I had also noticed that they did not give us any plantains in our dish and the portions were very small.
Luckily, this last time, the service was excellent, the portions bigger, and there were plantains in my plate. Obviously, this is not a high-end restaurant, but with the recent improvements in portion size and service (which may be normal for a fairly new restaurant just starting up), I will definitely be going there again for my Jamaican fix.
Enjoy, Bon Apétit!
Caribbean Tasty Treats
4410 Boulevard des Sources, Dollard-des-Ormeaux, Qc H8Y 3B7