Bank Holiday Weekend

It’s that time of year again when the streets of West London become a whirlwind of sights, smells, tastes, sounds and totally out-there costumes. Bank holiday weekend can only mean one thing- Notting Hill Carnival, a celebration of our West Indian community and multiculturalism.

Caribbean cuisine is an exciting fusion of local dishes from St. Kitts to Trinidad, a sumptuous array of jerk meats and plantain, stewed goat and salt fish and if you want to make the most of your bank holiday weekend, here is Sauce’s Foodie Guide to experiencing the Notting Hill Carnival vibes, whilst escaping the crowds…

 

The Rum Kitchen

Notting Hill

A Caribbean beach shack right in the heart of Notting Hill. If you’re looking for a sommelier-compiled wine list or molecular gastronomy, this is not the place for you… The Rum Kitchen boasts a wealth of soul food from Jerk Chicken supreme with yam bubble ‘n’ squeak & jerk gravy to Mama’s Seafood Gumbo with cornbread. At around £10-17,  if you’re looking for a modern take on these traditional dishes, the Rum Kitchen is perfect.

6-8 All Saints Road, W11 1HH

Email: bookings@therumkitchen.com Tel: 0207 920 6479

 

White Men Can’t Jerk

Pop-Up Tooley Street

Ok, so they’re not actually located in the Notting Hill area but that’s doesn’t mean that their pre-carnival feast won’t make you feel right in the thick of things. Hosted by the pop-up ‘Platterform’ at Skyroom on Tooley Street, the ironically named ‘White Men Can’t Jerk’ will be wowing diners with an absolute culture clash of a menu featuring (are you ready for this?), Curried Mutton Shepherd’s Pie and Jerk Halloumi with Aubergine. This pop-up feast is only for tonight (Friday 23rd) so, get in there while you can. They’ll also be popping up as a rum and jerk shack by the Rough But Sweet Sound system during the carnival.

5th Floor, Magdalen House, 136 – 148 Tooley Street, SE1 2TU

Email: info@platterform.com

Floridita

Soho Latin-American

Gallons of rum-based cocktails? Check. Traditional Son music? Check. Insanely good sharing platters heaving with spit-roast suckling pig, yucca fries, salt & pepper squid and marinated sardines with hot mustard? Check. This Soho-based homage to the original Floridita in Havana in the early 20th century, brings the soul of Latin America to the heart of London and is a welcome respite from the madness of the Carnival.

100 Wardour Street, W1F 0TN

Email: info@floriditalondon.com Tel: 0207 314 4000

 

Granny’s

Lower Clapton, Hackney

If you want a decent Caribbean meal that doesn’t break the bank, then pop into Granny’s for a takeaway. You won’t find flair or frippery here but what you will find is home cooked comfort food, from a well-rounded breakfast of cornmeal porridge or green plantain to an evening dish of brown stew fish with rice and callaloo. Make sure you try some soursop juice, not only is it delicious but this little tree fruit is also good for your health.

113 Downs Road, Lower Clapton, E5 8DS

Tel: 020 8985 4823