REVIEW: Rudie’s Rum Punch Brunch, Dalston
WHAT? Authentic Jamaican jerk and cocktail joint Rudie’s has added a short but sweet brunch option to their menu – think jerk-spiced ham and eggs, callaloo, chicken, golden half-moon patties and oodles of rum punch.
WHY GO? After months of food and drink research in Jamaica, the people behind Rudie’s set up shop using techniques they learned in real Jamaican jerk centres – that means marinating meat for 24 hours minimum, cooking in traditional jerk drums (never with gas) and importing rum from the famous Appleton Estate. Flavours are unmistakably Jamaican, and the service just as friendly.
Every Saturday & Sunday between 11.30am – 4pm you can boss the bottomless rum punch for two HOURS. All you have to do is order two courses from either the brunch or a la carte menu (not a problem, the selection is amazing) and come in a group of six or less.
WHAT TO ORDER: Rum punch, and lots of it. We tried the Eggs Benedict, comprising jerk-spiced ham hock (delicious), poached free-range eggs and buckets of Hollandaise on toasted Caribbean bakes – a surefire contender to replace English muffins. On the side, a portion of callaloo – traditional West African leafy greens, packed with anti-oxidants.
WHERE: In the middle of buzzy Dalston just along from Birthdays and Beyond Retro. Even better, it’s a few minutes’ walk from Dalston Kingsland and well-placed for bus journeys.
HOW MUCH: The Yeh Mon! Full Jamaican is the most expensive thing on the brunch menu and still only £9.50 – a hearty feast of ackee and saltfish, jerk sausage, baked butter beans, sauteed callaloo and green bananas. Eggs Royale, Benedict and Florentine hover around £7.50 (without the rum punch) and small plates like pork ribs and crispy calamari are around £7.
DETAILS: Rudieslondon.com / 50 Stoke Newington Road, London, N16 7XB / 0207 249 9930 / firstname.lastname@example.org