Saturday

The Rum Kitchen

I am going to let you in on a little secret of mine, whilst also hanging my head in shame.
Ready?
I am a little fussy with food.

Okay, little is probably the wrong word to use, and let's just say fussy. I'm not one of those people who won't try new foods, but at the same time a plate of salad is something I will not go near. Although ever since I have been in London, I have been purposely trying new foods as much as I can as there are so many places to go!

I love food (a little too much sometimes) although with my training I have to be careful about what I eat, but I can have the occasional cheat days, like eating this bad boy...


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I know, it looks absolutely awesome.

Before I tell you what's for dessert, we have got to have the mains first, courtesy of The Rum Kitchen.

This place originally opened in Notting Hill, and now has a restaurant just off Carnaby Street.
Think of it as walking into a Caribbean shack in the middle of summer, fresh from the beach and in need of some food and drink!


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With the summer songs playing, the staff chatting away with you like you are their new best friend, and the punters all tucking into food, we grabbed a couple of cocktails to kick start.


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Rattle Skill Punch, and Calypso Cola. 
Rum based cocktails (obviously) to wet our appetite whilst we gaze over the restaurant in lust of everyone eating.

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Enough of the scenery, as nice as it is, the whole reason we are here is to do one thing and one thing only.

Eat.

I know I said I am fussy with food, but this is the perfect chance to try something new.  
Instead of going to one dish, we are going for a few. Cheat day is well and truly in full swing.

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These sauces need to be on sale. I may have tried some before the food came out!

Me and spice are enemies, and I always lose against it. Even at Nandos, I grab mango and lime every time.
But hey, I am in a Caribbean shack and it's time for another battle.

Jerk chicken wings, Luke. Luke, Jerk chicken wings.
Last time I had these was at Street Feast, and my mouth was on fire for a couple of hours after.

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With a side of perfectly cooked sweet potato fries to wash down.


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Some Island Spice Baby Squid, although excuse the blur of the camera whilst I was just letting my tastebuds get over that spice.


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And these little balls of tasty goodness, Saltfish Fritters.

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With a splodge of sauce on the top which is a mixture of current and spices. 
Mixed with the fritter, it's like a party is happening inside your mouth whilst the Caribbean music plays in the background.

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Apparently, the trick is to squeeze the lime over the dish, to add a bit more zest to it! And honestly, this food is absolutely delicious!
I am starting to question why I am so fussy with food, especially when it is this good.

Yes, the chicken wings are spicy and my mouth is completely on fire right now, but I'm not complaining!

In between main and desert, a bowl appeared with something sweet smelling. 

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Hot plantain with chilli dip.
This is like the go-between between mains and desert. Sweet enough to be a desert, but tasty enough to go as a side to the mains.

Think of it like a little appetizer to keep you going, setting you up perfectly for dessert.
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Spoons at the ready.

Excuse me whilst I just eat this, I will come back to you after!


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Trust me, that was good.
Let me introduce you to Rum Pudding. Chocolate sponge with lashing of Rum and hot sauce.
The perfect way to end, although the plate had to be taken from my hands whilst I attempt an Oliver 'can I have more' look at the waitress.
If you want to go to the Rum Kitchen, then you can find out where they are here, and have a look at the menu for Notting Hill here, and Carnaby Street here.
Make sure you book though, it is always packed regardless of the night.

Right, where's next to eat?