REVIEW: Cottons Rum Shack, Camden
WHAT? Properly authentic Caribbean fare served up in acid bright, perpetually summery, feel-good restaurants across London.
WHERE? We stopped by the site in Camden, where Cottons feels right at home in the melting pot of subcultures, sounds and flavours. Notting Hill, the home of Carnival, of course has a branch and trendy Shoreditch and Vauxhall have been blessed with outposts too.
WHY GO? To attempt finishing the gargantuan mixed meat platter (£28.50 for two people, though three could easily share) comprising chicken pieces, chicken wing, jerk pork rib and a lamb chop, served with rice ‘n’ peas, jerk sauce and a healthy serving of plantain (cooked to perfection). We ate until we were fit to burst and still took a bag of chicken home, which made an excellent lunch the next day.
To start, we highly recommend the crayfish and lobster mac ‘n’ cheese (always a good choice) and salt fish fritters, dipped in a lightly spiced mango chutney and chilli jam. Sides are just as interesting as the large plates, with authentic options including tasty ackee and saltfish, callaloo (cabbage-like, Vitamin B-filled greens) and hyper calorific but super delicious festival (the ultimate fried dumplings – not to be missed).
Classic options include curried mutton with rice ‘n’ peas, coleslaw and plantain as well as Trinidadian fish curry with aubergine, but there’s an array of burgers and such like to suit most tastes. The cocktails are worth dropping in for alone – we loved the Reggae Rum Punch, accurately labelled “This will get you singing like Bob Marley”: a sweet blend of Wray & Nephew 63% overproof rum, orange, pineapple and lime juice with grenadine.
ANYTHING ELSE? They’re hooked up with Deliveroo & Uber Eats (all restaurants), bringing Caribbean comfort food to your door. They hold free rum masterclasses and they’re some cracking drinks deals on offer – check out their latest in the tweet below:
— Cottons Restaurants (@CottonsLDN) June 15, 2018
DETAILS: Cottons, Camden, 55 Chalk Farm Rd, London NW1 8AN / 0207 4858388
Amy was a guest of Cottons Camden