The first thing I liked about this place when I pulled up was it's "shacky" appearance. When it comes to ethnic food or BBQ the "shackier" the better! (It usually means the place is family owned and authentic) It's a small joint, just a few tables both inside and outside, so the bulk of their business comes in "to-go" or catering form.
There are three major categories of the menu, Jamaican jerk meals, BBQ meals and seafood meals. The rest of the menu is compiled of a la cart items, sandwiches and salads all incorporating the jerk, BBQ and seafood items. Jamaican jerk meals all come with rice and beans, fried plantains, salad (with ranch dressing) and jerk sauce. Jerk items include dark and white meat chicken, pork shoulder, salmon, NY steak and tofu. BBQ meals are done more American style and come with a side of fries, warm bread and coleslaw. BBQ items include dark and white meat chicken, pork spareribs and Louisiana hot links. Seafood meals come with the same sides as the BBQ and include snapper, catfish and shrimp, all fried.
I opted for the dark chicken and pork combo Jamaican jerk meal. Both meats were very tender and moist and had beautiful smoke and nice jerk flavor. Because of the spiciness of the meats I didn't need the jerk sauce which to me was a little oily anyway. The rice and beans were cooked with sweet spices and coconut milk and were a nice palate cleanser to the spicy meat. Fried plantains were spiced nicely and sweet but were not very crispy. There is also a very basic green salad that comes along side with commercial ranch dressing. All of this for $11.95. Great value and bold caribbean flavors. Just wished they had a beer and wine license so I could have washed it all down with a Red Stripe!
1189 Willow rd.
Menlo Park, CA 94025