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Westbourne Park

With its artfully sun-faded painted wooden slats cladding the walls, and corrugated iron over the bar, Rum Kitchen’s decor is designed to invoke visions of liming on the beach. It succeeds nicely, making a welcome change from the downmarket café aesthetic that characterises so many Caribbean venues in London. Drink is also a draw, with the west London party crowd piling in to sample the 100 or so rums and cocktails.

Menu-wise, the restaurant offers traditional Caribbean food next to more unusual dishes such as jerk lamb cutlets, pan-fried sea bass with butternut sofrito, or spicy fries and chilli jam. The kitchen does the staples well: ackee and saltfish with fried plantain and dumplings was fresh and light, if a little stingy on the saltfish. But jerk chicken caesar salad was an in-betweener: lacking the bigness of Vegas on the one hand and the lip-smacking heat and rich flavours of the Caribbean on the other.

Our very friendly waitress told us that the menu was soon going to be ‘authenticised’ with some more Jamaican dishes and flavours. What the 21st-century local will make of that is anyone’s guess.

 

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Rum Kitchen says
The Rum Kitchen is a Caribbean inspired beach shack restaurant and cocktail bar. Showcasing the vibrant flavours of the West Indies, The Rum Kitchen serves up exciting Caribbean classics with a modern flare.
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Venue name: Rum Kitchen
Contact:
Address: 6-8 All Saints Road
London
W11 1HH
Opening hours: Tues - Thurs: 6PM - 12:30AM Fri: 6PM - 2AM Sat: 12PM - 2AM Sun: 12PM - 12.30AM
Transport: Tube: Ladbroke Grove or Westbourne Park
Price: Main courses £10-£17

Average User Rating

3.9 / 5

Rating Breakdown

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  • 2 star:2
  • 1 star:1
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Francesca

Had heard great reviews, so booked a table of 15 for my birthday on a Saturday night. Got there and the table wasn't ready for 45 minutes after the time we had booked it. Service was awful. Very slow, then they brought the wrong food out and then over charged us. Charged us for drinks we hadn't ordered . Food was nice and great atmosphere! But I would not recommend for a big group and I certainly won't be going back any time soon.

Alex Emerson

Absolutely loved my visit here, great Caribbean classics on option, Curry Mutton was brilliant and the Jerk Fried Chicken Burger has gone down as one of my top 'burgers'! Great demi brioche bun with a smoky scotch bonnet mayo, starters - sticky ribs and wings and salt fish fritters were also great. Cocktails were spot on, bar man suggested a Hemingway Daiquiri.. A twist on a classic daiquiri - brilliant. Will be back!

Trin

Overpriced and mediocre - avoid & go somewhere that West Indians actually eat.