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The Best Caribbean Restaurants in London

In September 2010, we asked our readers to vote for their favourite Caribbean restaurants in London. So here are the top Caribbean restaurants as voted by Londoners!

Cotton’s
55 Chalk Farm Road, London NW1 8AN (020 7485 8388) Tube: Camden
70 Exmouth Market, London EC1R 4QP (020 7833 3332) Tube: Farringdon

www.cottons-restaurant.co.uk
Cottons Camden is London’s leading and longest standing Caribbean restaurant. They deliver Caribbean staples in sizable portions: the starter ribs are delicious and the mix meat platter, with buffalo wings, pork belly, jerk chicken, sausage and lamb cutlets, will have you lick your fingers. Cottons boasts a nice party atmosphere, fuelled by the fruity (but strong) cocktails mixed by the friendly staff of their Rumshack bar- which contains one of the biggest rum collections in town. The bar is tiny (but the restaurant is on 2 floors) and it’s always a blast to see people crammed there, shaking their stuff to the vibing music played by the DJ.
Your comments:
“Nice venue, atmosphere, traditional menu, attentive staff.”
“ Great food and super atmosphere especially the Islington Branch.  Service is usually first class.  Some great events and nights like Colourful radio a few Saturdays ago.

Mango Room
10-12 Kentish Town Road, London NW1 8NH (020 7482 5065) Tube: Camden
www.mangoroom.co.uk
This restaurant, also located in Camden serves traditional and modern Caribbean food.  The prices are slightly higher than in your regular Caribbean restaurant but one look at the menu and you will understand why. You will find Caribbean staples such as Ackee and Saltfish, Rice & Peas and Roti Bread alongside more refined fare such as Roast Honey & Ginger Duck Breast or Baby Spinach, Okra & Coconut Risotto. Vegans will find enough fish dishes to satisfy the most demanding palate.  Mango Room’s colourful décor is reminiscent of an upscale rumshack, with lots of wood and bright paintings on the walls (some of which you can buy). The three dining rooms are versatile and the tables will accommodate a couple on a romantic dinner or larger birthday bookings.

Your comments:
“The food is exquisite, the cocktails delicious. The décor tasteful, very artsy. I wish I could afford to eat there more often”
“The food is out of this world, the music – soft reggae, the fabulous service which is just heaven and the cocktails at the bar. The art decor describes it all.”

Bamboula
12 Acre Lane, London SW5 5SG (020 7737 6633) Tube: Brixton
www.bamboulas.net
Bamboula restaurant is an institution, just like Cottons. Located in the heart of the Caribbean community in Brixton, the bamboos at the entrance and the front window of the restaurant make it look a bit camp but once inside, you will be charmed by the cosy atmosphere. The menu is pretty basic; Bamboula is not the place where you will make any culinary discoveries. The Steamed Tilapia and Chicken Rundown are just what you would expect for a local Caribbean restaurant. What sets Bamboula apart is its informal atmosphere. The place is always alive with lively banter, from the seated customers, locals waiting for their take-away and the friendly staff. You will find yourself staying a bit longer than you expected, feeling too full and relaxed to leave.

Your comments:
“Great atmosphere and friendly staff plus nice decor and good food, not too expensive either.”
“Have dined there many times and I’ve always had a great time. The atmosphere is very relaxed and very friendly.”

Chef Collin Brown
2 Yabsley Street, London E14 9RG (020 7515 8177) Tube: Blackwall
www.chefcollinbrown.com
Located in the heart of the Docklands, Chef Collin Brown is one of the few upscale Caribbean restaurants in London. From the chef’s credentials – Caribbean Chef of the Year in 2005/6 and 2006/7 and nominated for the 2010 Restaurant of the Year award – to the luxurious décor, everything at Chef Collin Brown speaks of quality and refinement. The food is an inventive mix of Caribbean and European cuisine with Lobster marinated in a coconut cream sauce, Braised Oxtail and Homemade Baileys Ice Cream on the menu.

Your comments:
“The Curried Goat is served in a pasty style basket both giving it a unique presentation and the meat is always well flavoured and spiced.”
“Quite posh, with a great staff and delicious food. I don’t usually pay no mind to desserts when I go to west indian restaurants but this time I was pleasantly surprised.”


Posted: Thursday 5th August 2010 7:49 am
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7 Responses to “The Best Caribbean Restaurants in London”

  • this is another vote for Rhythm in crouch end. it’s fantastic. i’ve been a long time fan of mango room and bamboula but i think rhythm probably gets my pick for no.1.

    kylie says
  • Mango Rooms in CamdenTown is great, best Caribbean menu in London and it has a nice vibe especially on a Saturday night.

    Zion says
  • Absolutely Rhythm in Crouch End. Tried Cottons and many others. In my opinion no contest. I live in South London and drive across the river to eat at this restaurant because I know I’m guaranteed good food. Need to work on the dessert menu though!

    Annette says
  • Oh by the way that is Rhythm Restaurant. Full up of niceness!

    Claudine says
  • Shut up! The best is Rythm Park Road, Crouch End, Hornsey.
    It has a great 70s vibe. Really good staff and the food is not bad either. Despite their so so puddings, the whole experience is first class all the way.

    Claudine says
  • Hi Taiwo

    Thank you for your question. Catch a Vibe is about the black experience in general. But this month is a special Canrnival / Caribbean culture, hence the focus on Caribbean restaurants this time. Last month the focus was on South Africa and we published a Top 5 of the best South African restaurants in London, which you can find here:
    http://catchavibe.co.uk/top-5-south-african-restaurants-in-london/13404/

    The black exprience is very rich: very vast and very diverse. We need to celebrate that diversity!

    Alice says
  • Does this only qualify for a Caribbean restaurant? What about an African restaurant? Why was only a narrow definition made for just Caribbean tastes? Why couldn’t people have an option what to vote for? Is this only an African-Caribbean website?
    Sorry about all of the questions, but I thought that this was a website that catered for the Black experience in London. If so, then why just a Caribbean category.

    Peace
    Taiwo Williams

    Taiwo Williams says

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