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Restaurants Brixton
3 out of 5 stars
(12user reviews)

Time Out says

A restaurant serving home-style Jamaican food.



Address: 12 Acre Lane
Transport: Tube: Brixton tube/rail
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Users say (12)

3 out of 5 stars

Average User Rating

3 / 5

Rating Breakdown

  • 5 star:2
  • 4 star:3
  • 3 star:2
  • 2 star:3
  • 1 star:2
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This neighbourhood has such vibrancy, and a cuisine that I haven't tried much is Caribbean cuisine. So my girlfriend and I decided to try Bamboula, a colourful unassuming establishment a small walk from Brixton station.

What we had:

  • Goat Curry with rice and plantain
  • Jerk chicken with spicy slaw and sweet potato fries

Bamboela is rustic with it’s colourfully painted murals and Jamaican flags - it reminds me of a canteen style eatery. There is double shot home spiced rum for £5 - with a choice between dark, spiced and white rum. Overall, I had expected a bit more flavour in the jerk chicken and the goat curry; neither of which were particularly hard hitting with the flavours; however the chicken was tender and not too dry. The sweet potato fries were crispy and well seasoned; however the plantain was quite cold.

Tip: the rum packs a punch, so definitely try out this out.

Good For: quick meal, authentic Caribbean cuisine, large groups, cheap and cheerful, something different

There was 2 other tables including my own that was not happy with the food here. The patty wasn't better than Asda's, the curry goat wasn't full of flavour.. my cousin ordered jerk chicken with dumpling but it was boiled dumpling he got so his meal consisted of jerk chicken which didn't taste marinated or anything like jerk, dry boiled dumpling and no dressing on his coleslaw. We also ordered a chicken patty and callaloo that didn't turn up. The waitress was nice but that was the only good thing.. I hate to give a bad review but I'm hoping if ppl speak up they might take notice and fix up as I felt it could of been much better. 

I definitely feel Bamboula has lost its groove in recent years.  The service has slightly improved but the quality of the food just isn't the same.  I used to SWEAR by their curry mutton! 

Went for a leaving do meal with close friends. Ordered food and was told in a roundabout way if we could move table by a certain time if still there because they had another booking...We awkwardly agreed. Then approached again and in a roundabout way told if we could finish our meal. Bill was brought before we even asked and then told they do not accept card. When we told the waitress/manager that we were unhappy she kept smiling and saying it is ok and no need for our grumbles. What a shambles clearly not very good at managing bookings and clearly happy to make a negative experience for a set of customers who have frequented there before to fill their tills with double bookings. Greed vs customer service you decide.

The service here is abysmal, they will serve you when or if they feel like it usually with a mumbled 'what u be avin', you will then wait 20 minutes for your drinks after several requests and your food may turn up sometime after that. Food is average at best, not as good as previous visits (has there been a change of management?) and you will maybe get a correct bill if you are lucky. Wont be back and i wouldnt go at all you are reading this. Terrible experience.

Couldn't fault it, very good food - nice atmosphere.. wish it was closer to home!

Have been enjoying this lovely unpretentious 'laid back' restaurant for years. Always has a chilled out vibe, which seems to rub off on the customers in a good way! For terrific Caribbean food this is the place - OK some dishes might be on the bone, but that's what we were given hands for - pick them up! Took two lovely housemates Jenna & Frank last night after seeing the classic Quadrophenia at the Ritzy Cinema - first intro to Carib food and loved it!

WOW!!! Went to Bamboula for the first time with three mates. Atmosphere 10/10, service 10/10, food... off the scale, Brilliant! Love the music, reminded us of being on holiday in the caribbean. We are in Brixton for a concert next week and a table for six has been booked at Bamboula , cant wait!!

Stopped in for a quick tea and cake, but was enticed by the Tropical Fruit Crumble on the menu so stayed a bit longer than planned. The food was good, as was the service.

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