The Reef in Vancouver serves Jamaican themed dishes including jerk chicken and pork, escovèche and tomato jalapeno vodka soup. They also offer a decent selection of cocktails, wines, Jamaican Dragon stout, Red Strip, and Carib beer from Trinidad.
Comfortable ambience, solid service. But I was there on a weekday around 2ish when it wasn't very busy.
I had the special of the day, a spicy tomato soup with jerk chicken(?) and their rice wrap with chicken, papaya and coconut. Result? LOVE AT FIRST BITE! The soup sooo tasty, and the wrap so refreshingly flavourful. I think I loved it more because it was so different from what I usually go out and eat without being so experimental or out of blue. Simply delicious.
This place has pretty good atmosphere and a decent menu. I tried some of my friends 'jerked'items and it was ll pretty tasty. I however oredered the salmon salad and while I have no complaints about the salmon I do not appreciate the taste of bagged lettuce in my dinner when I am at a restaurant. If I want old bag lettuce Iw ould stay home. Other than that a good time was had by all and the bread and drinks were great.
First off, I have no previous experience with this type of cuisine...
nonetheless, It was great experience
I ordered the lamb dish; It was delicious... something you will not eat often
They have really good chips; they call it platinum chips with awesome dip; simply fantastic
the banana dessert its very good as well
however, the service is really sucks
we waited one hour to get our order, they even didnt serve the appetizer
so they have a big problem here
but definitely, I'm coming back again "not in weekend"
Admittedly, I'm usually not so sober when leaving the Reef. However, I usually have some form of consciousness when enjoying their food. Presentation leaves some to be desired....but what the hell use is presentation to a true rustic Jamaican meal? Food is food. It goes on the plate. You eat it off the plate. You say, "Mmm that was good. My tongue is on fire and I love it! Another Red Stripe please." and you enjoy your night.
BTW if there's any room on the patio, it's definitely a worthy hang out spot for those long summer afternoons.
I love the atmosphere of this place, it's fun, vibrant and unique.
The food can be a hit or miss at times. I've ordered the jerk chicken here on many occasions. Sometimes, the chicken comes out just perfectly right, but on my most recent occasion, the chicken was way over-cooked and very dry. The bread that they serve at the beginning of the meal is a real treat though, especially when piping hot.
Yam fries are amazing here, but I'd have to say that the rest of the dishes are a hit and miss.
If your looking for a lively party like place to have drinks the reef is great place. The food is very hit and miss, the lamb burger was greasy and ugh, the goat curry is horrible. The chicken is nothing I can't make at home etc. Its best if your in the basket of break, nachos, and drinks mood then a delicious meal. If you stick to chicken wings and stuff you can't really go wrong.
My husband moved to Canada from Jamaica four years ago and when he's looking for a taste of home we come here. The ackee and salt fish is incredible and the johnny cakes send him straight to his Grandma's kitchen.
I love going for sunday brunch there because I get to have their delicious cirtus eggs benny and he enjoys his ackee. The waitstaff is always friendly no matter how crazy busy it is and while most of the people who work there are no Jamaican, the head chef is and it really shows in their food.
People here who have never experienced true Jamaican home cooking probably dont appreciate this as much as my husband does.
For a truly spectacular and authentic experience I will always recommend The Reef.
the reef seems popular and a cool hang out, but as far as authentic caribbean cuisine goes it leaves a lot to be desired. i have been to this location twice, and also to the one on main. the only thing worth going for in my opinion are the johnny cakes and the excellent selection of caribbean rum and beer. the roti is disgusting and is more like thick a pancake than a light, channa roti you would expect. i'm not saying you have to be from the caribbean to cook caribbean...but anyone who is will be extremely disappointed by the Reef's Canadian spin on island classics.
There are enough carribean restaurants out here in the West. Toronto has more but even then, I have to go to a carribean shop or wait for Caribana to get a decent amount of ackee on my plate. Not so here. The ackee and saltfish comes chocka with them both. Yuuuuuummmm. The plantain chips are good too. I'm used them fried thicker and softer in the middle but this 'french fried' like version is still tasty. The drinks are good and I'm always happy to see house wine options in restaurants that are meant to be accessible.
Wait staff is so indifferent so don't be bothered. It's probably not you. BUT tip accordingly. I'm a firm believer that 15 is not a default.
I love coming to the Reef!! The quality of food and service is always consistent and I have brought many out-of-towners and friends to this place for the very same reason. The ambiance is better, in my opinion, for lunch, because it tends to be quieter and brighter (at dinner, the lights seem too dim, and tend to be noisy mostly because of the restaurant being packed). I like to switch it up between the jerk chicken or the west indian curry, which are fantastic dishes, and I love the bun they give you during dinner! Portions are perfect.
Downside: finding parking is a nightmare!! Main street terrible to park, and the available spaces on 26th is all for residential parking only. This is actually worse for dinner; I think we've spent about 20~30 minutes trying to find parking once.
My boyfriend made reservations for this restaurant and we were over 30 minutes. Now because it was Valentines Day and I knew that it was a busy restaurant, I expected our reservations to be gone. I was shocked when we got there to discover that they had kept our reservation for us! We were seated promptly and we received excellent service, despite it being very busy. I had the Island Thyme Chicken and it was fantastic! It's been over a month now since I went there and I'm still drooling over the chicken (I don't even normally like chicken on the bone) I would highly recommend this restaurant to anyone!!!
This is a great spot for hanging out with your friends and having a couple drinks and some yummy Carribean food. One of our favorites, we frequent this restaurant at least a few times a year. Our favorite dishes here are fried plantains dipped in that delicious sauce. Oxtail stew and Goat curry are also great tasting washed down with some Hisbiscus cocktail. ordered the Sangria once but it was too watery. Jerked chicken wings packs great spicy flavor. Love the atmosphere here makes it casual and laid back. Lines get longer towards the nite during weekend but the mood livens up as the night gets longer.
I love going to the reef for the tasty dishes, great drinks and fun atmosphere. The curry is great and the fish is amazing. The only thing that ever sours my visits is the service. Sometimes it's great, sometimes its extremely, extremely rude and non-existent.
While not an expert in Carribean I enjoyed both my visits there. Nice place for food and drink, flavourful entrrees with good spicness, not bad service. It didn't seem stuffy, but I wasn't sitting at the back.