At the end of November, me and Hayley headed down to London to celebrate her 21st birthday. After our delicious meal at Wahaca on the Friday night, we decided to head to The Rum Kitchen on the Saturday for Caribbean food and rum cocktails.
We headed to their Carnaby branch (they also have one in Notting Hill) which was located in Kingly Court and surrounded by lots of other restaurants and cocktail bars. This added to the lively, vibrant atmosphere and it certainly had that fun weekend feeling. Often on a Saturday night when a restaurant is extremely busy, you notice a drop in the quality of the service as the staff are so rushed off their feet. However luckily this wasn’t the case at The Rum Kitchen; despite how busy it was, the service was great, the staff were all friendly and attentive, and we were served really quickly.
With plenty of tempting rum based cocktails to choose from, including 6 different daquiris, a selection of classics and some of their own creations, we really were spoilt for choice.
In the end we both went for their take on a Hurricane with the Rubin Carter – Dark Rum, Passion Fruit and Tropical Juices. It was deliciously fruity and refreshing, and you could really taste the passion fruit too. Although it was pretty strong on the alcohol front, it was well balanced and the sweetness from the juices meant that it wasn’t overwhelming, and instead it had a nice welcome rum kick. Overall a brilliant cocktail, and I only wish I’d got the chance to try more of their rum based cocktails.
Although concise, the food menu offered lots of attractive choices from Caribbean curries to soft shell crab and pulled pork burgers to a selection of jerk chicken based dishes. And as always I struggled to choose what to have…
The Curry Mutton and Jerk Chicken Burger were high contenders, but in the end the Redstripe Beer Battered Cod with Sweet Potato Fries and Spicy Tartare Sauce won. And I’m so glad I chose it as it was fantastic! The fish was juicy and succulent, and the crispy batter that coated it was really flavoursome. Add in some delicious sweet potato fries (some of the best I’ve eaten in a long time!) and a tasty tartare sauce, which was slightly sweet and spicy but not overpowering, and you have yourself a cracking dish! I love fish and chips, and this was a great twist on the classic.
After our delicious main course, I couldn’t wait to see what desserts they had on offer. So I was disappointed when there was just 3 to choose from, especially as I didn’t like the sound of any of them! On the whole a pretty small, limited selection of desserts – I’d definitely opt for an extra cocktail to end the night instead.
With delicious Caribbean food and fantastic rum cocktails at pocket-friendly prices, great service, and a vibrant atmosphere, I couldn’t recommend The Rum Kitchen enough!
If you’re in London and looking for somewhere to eat then head to this fab restaurant; it’s just a short walk from Oxford Street if you’re shopping, or from Soho if you want to head for post-dinner cocktails after.
Disclosure: I paid for my own meal and drinks, and all opinions expressed are honest and my own