My company had a group lunch at Kiss Ya Mama today and we all walked away with a big smile on our faces.
Food was fantastic. I don't usually eat much for lunch but I finished everything in my plate--as a compliment to the chef. Lisa first teased our appetitle with her Jamaican cocktail patties (with beef) as her and her crew were preparing the buffet. Then we all anxiously lined up for the buffet, which included 2 salads, Lisa's spicy jerk chicken, tasty curry chicken, southern bbq ribs, rice and peas with coconut milk, and later on her 'fall-off-the-bone' bbq chicken. I didn't try the bbq chicken because it came last, and I was beyond full at that point. But everything else was remarkable. My favorite was her spicy chicken--the meat was tender and every bite was flavorful; another co-worker couldn't stop saying how good the rice was (I had to agree, it seemed like such a simple dish yet so memorable); and another co-worker really enjoyed the ribs, which was saucy but was not overly done--just the right amount of flavor. To quote how he likes the ribs, "they melted off the bones"
Lisa and her crew were all very friendly and have this very upbeat attitude. Lisa was hilarious and made a sad occasion (it was a goodbye lunch for one of our favorite managers) a fun, full-of-laughs experience. The service was not the professional, attentive type that one would receive at places like C Restaurant, but more like a nice, relaxed style that you get at your neighborhood family restaurant. During the lunch I kept thinking about the dinner scene in "My Big Fat Greek Wedding", because that was the kind of homey atmosphere they created.
Overall the experience was nothing like what we expected, but it was definitely a good one. Oh did I mention Lisa's banana bread was one of the best I've had? It was soo good many of us asked for a second piece, in spite how full we all were. One guy even got 4, I guess that really says how good it was. :)