Friday, 13 February 2009

Restuarant Review: West Indian Food & Jerk Centre

West Indian Food & Jerk Centre
97 Wick Road
Hackney Wick
E9 8AB
(Corner of Barnabus Road)
07951 461 034

Opening Times: Mon-Thurs: 12 noon to 10.30pm
Fri & Sat: 12 noon to 1.30am

Last night we got a take-out delivered from the new brilliant West Indian Food & Jerk Centre - and it was fantastic!

We found out about it through our lovely neighbour - Zoulla - and this is probably going to be the way many of us find out about it.

It's definitely a word-of-mouth experience. Once someone has eaten from it - the news will be passed on to only your special friends.

The 'Centre' is actually right next to the Prince Edward Pub (on the corner of Wick & Barnabas Roads) - so is more at the southern end of Hackney Wick - but the cycle delivery service will reach any part of The Wick (& probably beyond!).

This is West Indian food - Old Skool Style! A very simple short menu - concentrating on ox tail, goat, chicken, pork, fish, rice & peas & dumplings - all so tasty!

These guys know what they're good at cooking - and stick to that!

We had curry goat, jerk chicken & fried snapper (fish) - with some hard dough, dumplings & salad. It was food just like granma used to make! Good ol' home comfort food.


The goat was so good we sucked the ones completely white! The chicken done just like we like it - slightly crispy, well marinaded and hot. The snapper was stunning!! Grilled with a secret onion & herb combination basting - absolutely scrumptious - our 5 year-old daughter wanted much more!!

Like we said - Old Skool - right down to the telephone order ("Whodis?") - and the friendly cycle delivery (in da snow!). One word of warning: please ask them to put the scotch bonnet chili sauce separately - and not directly onto the meat - especially if you've got young kids.

All of us gave it a 5 out of 5 - except for one burnt tongue giving it a 4 - so that probably makes it a 4 and a half out of 5. But for those of you that like your food on the warmish side - you'll probably give it a 5 out of 5!

Thanks guys - great food from great people - long may you cycle!!


Derek said...

Hi Sóna
You've done a great job at selling these guys - so I'll get some rice & peas & some jerk this weekend - and I'll tell you what I think of it up here.

Thanks for the reviews mate - see you Monday.

Derek said...

Hi Again Sóna

WOW!!!! It was HOT man!!

In both senses! Hot - as in - absolutely great - and hot - as in my mouth is still smoking!!

We got a similar menu to you - and the jerk was stunning!! The snapper - really the best I've ever had (sorry mom!) - and the rice & peas just great!!

Thanks for the recommendation mate - I owe you one!


Jenny & Claire said...


Thanks for this great undiscovered secret! They are excellent!

We ordered lat-ish at night, and still the dude found our tiny bungalow on the trowbridge - and arrived with a smile.

The food is stunning, loads of flavour, bit of heat, bit of magic, loads of soul.

Thanks for this review, we look forward to the next one.

Jenny & Claire

Dame Edna said...

i walked past this place the other day and there were wonderful smells coming out of the building?

it looks like just a pub though? i didn't go in because it looked a bit scary. has anybody been there for a pint?

Dame Edna said...

this food looks delicious.
i walked pas this place a few days ago and there were wonderful smells coming out of the building.

it just looks like an old pub though? i didn't go in as it looked a but scary with lads hangin round outside.

has anybody been in there for drinks?