It’s very rare Britain has the heat to match a tropical disposition… And The Jam Tree couldn’t of picked a better period to celebrate one of the most diverse and exciting cuisines of the Caribbean. To commemorate Jamaica’s independence (6 August) The Jam Tree have embraced their new pop up full throttle. And of course we visited to sample the delights!
When we arrive it’s a balmy evening and the glas front doors of the Clapham branch are open, creating a great indoor/outdoor effect. The place is buzzing and the atmosphere is relaxed and easy. As we cast our eyes over the menu – there’s quite a range of traditional classics (Ackee and Salt Fish – the island’s national dish, Curried Goat and Escoveitch Snapper), mixed in with some slight variations – the squash salad with pomegranates (which almost looks too pretty to eat, almost).
We sampled the salt fish fritters and aforementioned salad to start – both were seasoned well and not over spiced and definitely whetted our appetites. Of course we just had to try the themed cocktails too. The Bolt was first up – a fruity, bubbly champagne cocktail that went down almost as fast as the sprinters race last weekend! Next up was the Kingston Town Kiss – a reinterpretation of the traditional Guinness Punch, where Guinness is replaced with rum and mixed with peanut butter and coconut milk. Think peanut milkshake with a heavy duty alcoholic punch!
For mains we road-tested the hearty servings of Jerk Chicken and Oxtail stew both served with rice and peas and side salad and creamy coleslaw. If you have room we absolutely recommend trying a dessert. We shared the ginger cake – a light and fluffy sponge cake served with fruits soaked in rum! and ice cream. My only advice is don’t share, because that bad boy was so good we had to refrain from licking the plate clean!
In our humble opinion The Jam Tree successfully captures the relax vibes of Jamiaca with their pop-up. Serving up a spot on flurry of colour, spices and party vibes. We recommend catching the pop whilst you still can.
6 – 20th August 2013
The Jam Tree Clapham, 13 – 19 Old Town, London SW4 0JT
The Jam Tree Chelsea, 541 Kings Road, London, SW6 2EB