Where: 437 Coldharbour Ln, Brixton, London SW9 8LN
The Rum Kitchen is the newest addition to land in Brixton on Coldharbour Lane. It joins a branch in Kingly Court, Soho and the original in Notting Hill. This is the 3rd site and the first in South London.
As you step into the venue, you are transported into a Caribbean beach shack (no signs of sand here) The decor is fun and bold. Perched in the wooden ceiling are oil tins and there is cabinet storing some of their mighty rum collection with over 200 types of rum.
Rum Kitchen has a modern take on Caribbean food. You can find old favs like Saltfish Fritters, Curry Goat etc and new remixed dishes. This particular location has introduced Jerk Fried Chicken Burger and Grilled Red Snapper to its menu.
For starters, I had the Sweetcorn Fritters which consisted of 6 balls which came with the Bang Bang Jam which I thought was really tasty. Unlike the traditional pattie, these were in the shape of balls, they had a yellow inside and packed a fiery punch. The Bang Bang Jam was a nice accompaniment, the jam was sweet, sour and sticky.
Following the fritters, my friend and I shared the 18 hour slow cooked pork belly ribs with house special TRK BBQ sauce and crispy coconut flakes. The ribs were finely glazed in the sauce, the meat was very tender and delicious and the sauce had a fiery sensation to it.
For the main course, I went for the 3 piece bowl which consisted of 3 Jerk boneless chicken thighs with a Jerk Gravy, Rice & Peas & Coleslaw. It came with a watermelon, pineapple and sprigs of hot chilli. My friend went for the same dish but 5 piece bowl.
The boneless chicken thighs were nice but didn't live up to the jerk chicken I am used to tasting, for me it didn’t have that rich in-depth flavour you would expect from jerk chicken being cooked in a jerk smoker. The chicken had a modern twist and it wasn’t authentic enough for me. I thought the jerk gravy was really nice and just wished there was a more of it.
For Drinks, I went for the Wray Cobbler which consisted of Lime, Sugar Syrup… Wray Nephew rum and the Ting wray - Lime, Ting Grapefruit Soda & Blue Wray and Nephew. You have spotted a pattern here. Wray and Nephew is a spirit I like in my cocktails.
The overall atmosphere in Rum Kitchen Brixton was cool. They played some good music. The staff were friendly and the service was pleasant.