Riddim & Spice is an authentic Jamaican and Caribbean restaurant on the Drive, serving up Jamaican specialities like slow roasted jerk chicken in a warm, cozy space.
Place was unexpectedly clean, even the washroom. The chef/cook was quite friendly.
Jerk chicken tasted good. I can't tell you how authentic it is, but it was yummy. (It most certainly did not have BBQ sauce on it). Also had the ackee & saltfish which was an interesting experience. Wasn't amazing, tasted very familiar, kind of like having scrambled eggs with the other stuff ... until we found out ackee is actually a fruit.
I'll withhold full judgement till we sample more places like this, but tentative thumbs up, worth a visit, though it won't knock your socks off.
I've been coming here everytime I need a good Jamaican fixin. They got it all, goat curry, roti, Jamaican Patties, Snapper, Jerk Chicken, Ox-tail, plaintain, dumplings, ackee etc etc..
The Chef Mr Currie has been cooking Jamaican food his whole life. So far to say it is pretty authentic and similar to the way it is done in Jamaica. So the food is prety soulful and hearty.
The Patties here are not as good as it used to be back when it was Nuff and Niceness. Same chef, different recipe. But the other staples are still as good. And with new additions every so often. Sometimes you'll find fish soup, chicken stew, corn bread, coco bread, as an add on.
Prices are reasonable, under $10 per entree. Portions are still good.
I used to live in a Toronto neighbourhood with lots of Jamaicans and caribbean restaurants. When I moved here I was so happy to see a Jamaican restaurant on Commercial. Both times I have gone, I have been disappointed by the food. The jerk chicken had BBQ sauce on it! - a definite no no. The goat curry was pretty bland as well. Maybe I just hit a bad patch at the restaurant. I had better Jamaican food outside of Nelson, BC.
I hadn't been here in just over a year and I am very disappointed at the changes. I usually get the jerk chicken with rice or roti. What I was given was chicken that was drowned in sweet chili sauce. How is this supposed to be jamaican? There was no jamaican flavour to my meal whatsoever. I used to come here all the time and am very sad that the menu has deteriorated.
After reading the reviews on this site I noted that only 2 of the 7 were negative. Since there were two very positive and 3 mildly positive reviews, I decided to take my wife there. Now I am wondering what disease of the tongue the positive reviewers had... The food was pathetically poor in quality. It literally was as though leftovers were reheated in a tinned curry sauce and slapped on my plate.
The salad was drizzled with the "house dressing" - a mixture of mayo and mustard... The curry chicken was actually shards of bone and gristle that were snapped off the end of some drumsticks - I spent a good portion of my meal picking bone fragments out of the sauce... Even the fruit "juice" on the menu showed up as fruit flavored soda pop! If I blindfolded a random person who had never tasted Jamaican food and told them to make some, they could have done a better job.
The serving girl tried VERY hard to serve us, but unfortunately I don't speak Chinese and she doesn't speak English, (12 words max.) thus she wasn't able to explain anything to us or even understand any of our questions.
A meal for two cost $25 and would have been overpriced at half that price. If you value your time, money and stomach do yourself a favor and go somewhere else.
Went tonight, and had the jerk chicken, regular sized. It came on a plate with a delicious and generous serving of rice mixture, and salad. My friend had the same, but with baked roti instead of the rice, which she enjoyed as well.
My friend and I were the only people dining, on this quiet Saturday. Why? I don't know. It was delicious and a relatively cheap eat. Softly played music helped in the quiet restaurant. I will be recommending it to friends.
We went here on a recommendation as we were told that it was possibly the best Jamaican food around. We should have known before we even went into the place- being that it was empty at 700 on a Saturday night. The 2 people working there were nice, but overall ambiance was destroyed by the CD that skipped for 10 minutes before being turned off.
After we ordered our server put our order into the kitchen at which point I promptly heard the microwave kick into gear and 2 minutes later out came the appy. Although the CoCo bread was nice the jerked chicken patty was anything but house made, and was tasteless and processed. The microwave cook off continued and soon our meal came to the table. Jerked chicken, and Veggi Roti for me. Both were lacking in flavor (which is hard to accomplish with a jerked meal), and frozen peas and corn just don't cut it for me.
So all in all it was an awful meal.
If you are looking for a good Jamaican meal go to the Reef on Main , or try the Jap-Jam fusion of the Lions Den (not fancy, but at least fresh veg and full of flavor). I have been working in the restaurant industry for over a decade, and am a lover of great food and fine wine. I can appreciate a quick dirty meal for what it is. But I give Riddim & Spice no dice!
This little cozy restaurant has great food. Their curry and Oxtail stew is amazing. the flavours are complex and complementing. Large portions for $10. It's clean and they play great music to add to the atmosphere. We went a lil late so they ran out of a few things, like their roti, so go early to avoid disappointment. I would totally recommend this restaurant to my friends that have travelled with me to the Caribbean.