Hot spot, Jamaican style

By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  March 6, 2013

The main component on my plate was a favorite of mine, curried goat ($9 or $13 — all of the main courses are available in small or large platings at lunch and dinner time). The stewed meat was falling-off-the-bone tender. Don't be put off by goat if you see it on a menu; the taste is mild. The curried chicken ($7/$10) I took home was as delicious, though the meat understandably didn't assert itself through the spices.

My favorite dish on the table was across from me, the brown stew chicken ($7/$10), because of the tasty gravy. But let me warn you away from the oxtail ($9/$13) — tough and fatty. Red snapper ($15) is also on the menu, either fried or steamed. On Fridays and Saturdays only, you can get the famously traditional Jamaican dish ackee (a tiny fruit related to lychees) and saltfish ($9/$13).

As for dessert, they're working on it. Festivals rolled in sugar and maybe drizzled with chocolate syrup is a possibility. And there's a rumor that a rum cake recipe is being considered.

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