Well, I've never been to Jamaica, but if it weren't for the rain outside, this might be what it would be to pop by a little restaurant there. Maybe.
Nothing fancy here, but the place is clean for sure, right down to the washrooms. I noticed the guy running the place (very friendly, helpful) always washed his hands before dealing with food. Everytime he handled money or anything non-food related, he washed. You won't get sick from poor hygiene here!
The menu was short 'n simple, not a whole lot to choose from. If you came with a party of 5 or so, I'm sure you'd be able to sample everything. I'm sure there must be more than this to Jamaican cuisine. Anyways, we had the goat curry and jerk chicken. This is a kind of spiciness that starts real slow, then builds and builds until you cry for mercy at the end. But tasty for sure. Non-spicy stuff, we had the garlic honey chicken wings, which were really, really garlicy.
Yeah, we should've tried the ackee & saltfish, but we were hankering for something more substantial. Maybe next time so we could compare to that other place on Commerical (Riddim 'n Spice I think?). Might be tastier here at the Jerk, but also SPICIER.
Worth a first trip here for some Jamaican food. Maybe even a 2nd trip. I wouldn't say it is super cheap, but it's okay.
I've driven by this place numerous times and decided to check it out this weekend. We ordered a Jamaican pizza and a curried oxtail dish for lunch. The oxtail dish was an average tasting dish with some Caribbean flavors. The pizza was not good. The pizza crust looked and tasted as though it was pre-made or store bought. The toppings were overpowered by the cheddar cheese. I also had expected the food to be more spicy. They did offer side sauces which were ok. The drinks were good and were imported i.e. Ginger Beer etc. The restaurant had a nice setting and it made you feel like you were in Jamaica with cool background music. The servers were very friendly. Overall, I really thought the food could be improved. It was a major letdown for us given we have sampled Carribean food back East in Ottawa and also on our vacations to the tropics where food was so full of vibrant flavors and spice.
I tried this business for the first time in Lafarge Lake Canada Day celebration. I'm a big fan for Jamaica food.
But their jerk chicken roti is super dry! 1 piece of chicken surrounded by 4 pieces of potato!! Roti skin is thick and dry as well.
Jerk chicken seasoning doesn't have the authentic Jamaican spice.
I also ordered their Sorel drink. It's a Costco samples size for $2!! And it's not even good at all. It's so diluted and the taste is more like pepto gismo.
I was gonna go try their restaurant but after this experience, I will avoid this restaurant at all cost.
Best place we've found for vegan and non-dairy pizza. The customer service is fantastic. I can't wait till they open up again, they have been closed due to a broken oven. When we called to get an update we were told this week or the next, so I cross my fingers it's soon. I love the Bounty, Jerk-fu and Peter Tosh pizzas and miss it dearly.
Went here last Friday after my friends decided that we needed to stop getting completely smashed out of our heads on weekends, and start doing something different, like going to small, unique, hole-in-the-wall restaurants.
Outside it's a small storefront with bars on the window; but the awning makes it hard to miss. Inside, it's a small place with a few 2-seat tables, one big table (seats 6), and a bar in front of the kitchen where Bounty Hunta, the owner/chef, cooks. On one wall was a giant picture of Peter Tosh, the opposite wall was Bob Marley.
Bounty was the only one there at the time and it was somewhat busy, so it took awhile to even get the menus in the first place. Though not unexpected for this kind of place.
The prices were fairly good; for about $45 we got the Meal III, which includes a Large Pizza, two Jamaican dishes, a small salad (casserole-ish), and Jerk Chicken Wings (they ran out of wings, so Bounty gave us an order of Jerk Chicken instead).
The pizza we went with the Kapone, which has red onion, jerk chicken & sun dried tomatoes. This goes for $30 by itself! The dishes we had Goat Curry (only available Tues & Fri's) and Fish Roti (typically $9 each).
After about 20 mins (or what seemed like that long, wasn't paying attention to the clock but everything smelled good and we were hungry) the food came. Came with Tamarind Sauce and Hot Sauce.
For the most part, everything was very good. Highlights were the Fish Roti and Goat Curry. The Jerk Chicken, I felt, was a tad dry, and not spicy (though I suspect Bounty withheld the spice assuming we couldn't handle it; no worries we had hot sauce). The pizza was very good, a tad greasy. Ingredients were fresh (esp the tomatoes).
Bounty came back to see how the food was, and was surprised that a skinny chinese dude, a skinny brown dude, and a russian guy was able to finish everything! When the eating is this good, how could you not!
I've been to Jamaica, lived in Toronto where there are plentiful jerk spots, but in Vancouver there is only one place that actually has authentic Jamaican cuisine. Bounty serves up a massive plate of coconut rice, coleslaw and a plentiful amount of tantalizing jerk chicken. Bounty does it right just like in Jamaica, whereas all the other places I've tried in the city do not use real jerking methods. The service is great and always with a smile and the ambiance cannot be beat. It may not be everyones cup of tea, but sitting at the bar chatting with the staff and other customers reminds me of being back in paradise.
Don't go expecting a restaurant...restaurant. Its a small simple space, with a couple of tables and chairs, playing some reggae music, just like I remember from the Caribbean. My wife and I eat there at least twice a month. The chef/owner "bounty" is a very friendly person. The food is great. I recommend everything on the menu, but especially the Jerk Chicken, Curied Goat, Spicy Snapper and the wings(honey garlic or hot). You can also try the Spinach or Jerk Chicken patties. Writing this makes me hungry. I think I may stop there on the way from work today :)
I'd like to start this review off by saying that the sum total of my Caribbean food experience has been 1 week in Aruba, and a few times at Reef. I have heard that Reef is not considered authentic Caribbean food, rather some sort of fusion. That being said i do enjoy eating at Reef, regardless of authenticity.
Other posts on this site have said that Jamaican Pizza Jerk is the most authentic around, and as I cannot vouch for that one way or the other, I will only comment on the food.
The food at JPJ was great. As others have noted, the location is a small hole in the wall location with very few tables. The menu is not large, but the flavor is. I went with my wife and English mother-in-law, and we ordered the 3rd combo. This consists of 2 mains, chicken wings and a pizza for about $45. This was plenty for the 3 of us.
We chose the Red Snapper and Rotti. The Snapper was just great. Amazing flavor and spices. I would say that I eat a decent amount of ethnic food, but the flavors in this dish were not like anything I've had before. I would say that I am a fan.
I have also never had Rotti before, but was very impressed by the filling. I would say it is like a mild curry, but full of flavor. The "shell" of the Rotti was a bit hard to cut, but was fine to eat. I'm not sure if this is my design, or perhaps a flaw? Regardless I would recommend it.
We had the Jerk Pizza (has another name) with Sun-dried Tomatoes and it was spot on. Great mix of sweet and spicy.
The wings were also very good. Seemed to be a honeygarlic/jerk sauce on them, and they are cooked in a way that gives them a great BBQ (off the grill, not the sauce) flavor.
Unfortunately the place is not licensed, so not beer, but it did allow us to try some drinks straight from Jamaica. I had the Ting (a Grapefruit pop) and the others had a champaign soda (sort of like cream soda).
I am a huge fan of hole in the wall restaurants, because if they exist for a long time, they must be good. This one absolutely follows that rule. Our experience from a food/flavor point of view was excellent, and I'm very happy that we stopped at this little restaurant. I would recommend this to anyone whether they are a fan or Caribbean cuisine, or simply wanting to try something new.
If you go expecting fine dinning, you will be disappointed. If you are looking for great, interesting, and flavorful food, I think you will be pleased with your choice.