The green, hand-painted plaque inside declares Bamboula a ‘nuff niceness eatry’. After sampling the home-style Jamaican cooking, we couldn’t disagree. The green and yellow interior resembles a Montego beach shack; coupled with a gentle reggae soundtrack and friendly service, it sets the perfect scene for a Caribbean feast. All the Jamaican staples (curry goat, jerk chicken, ackee and saltfish) are offered, along with a few Bamboula specials. We tried the house lamb and the jerk lamb: both succulent chops, marinated in a spicy sauce (though the jerk lamb was much hotter) and served with a thick gravy, rice and peas, salad and freshly made coleslaw. The side dish of plantain seemed a little overripe, and the combined flavours were a bit too sweet (particularly after a slightly overpowering rum punch). Lovers of British bread and butter pudding should try the classic West Indian version served here. It’s made with hard-dough bread, soaked in rum and served with rum and raisin ice-cream – and an excellent reminder of why, for hearty Caribbean food, Bamboula is hard to beat.
12 Acre Lane
|Opening hours:||Meals served 11am-11pm Mon-Sat; 1-9pm Sun.|
|Transport:||Tube: Brixton tube/rail|
|Price:||Main courses £7.50-£10.|
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