Cottons

Restaurants, Caribbean Chalk Farm
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A smart Caribbean restaurant with excellent rum cocktails, Cottons is something of a Chalk Farm institution. And with a history going back to 1985, how could it be anything else? It's just had a new lick of paint but, thankfully, the rum shack vibe still pervades – it wouldn't quite be the same otherwise.

Cocktails are as important as the food here, with a sunshine Caribbean slant to most – think coconut and banana daiquiris, Jamaican mules, a Cotton's pina colada and a reggae rum punch – it'll have you singing like Bob Marley, apparently. Whether that's his heyday or now, we're not sure. Wines, beers and mocktails complete the list.

The food menu is a showcase of traditional Caribbean dishes. Expect, then, fritters, coconut seafood soups, jerk chicken, curried mutton, rice n peas, fried plantain, Caribbean roti and callaloo. Set menus for groups offer good value.

 

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Address: 55 Chalk Farm Road
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tastemaker

Cottons is a Caribbean restaurant and rum shack which now has a permanent residency in Shoreditch on Curtain Road (previously at Boxpark). They also have a branch in Camden and are soon opening one in Vauxhall.


The restaurant has a cool decor with muriels on the walls and a colourful bar with over a hundred choices of rum! The staff were really friendly and happy to help us choose what to order.


The menu has a good mixture of vegetarian, fish and meat options. We opted for the selection of fritters to begin (chick pea, black eyed bean and callaloo and spinach) with coconut chutney and the lobster and crayfish Mac and cheese, which was beautifully presented. The fritters were a little dry (although the chutney helped) but the mac and cheese was good.


There was so much on the main menu that I wanted to try so, to get a variety, we choose the mixed meat platter which had lamb chop, chicken pieces, chicken wing, jerk pork rib served with rice and peas and plantain. At £27.50 for two people, for what you got it was really good value! The meat was tasty which lovely seasoning. We were slightly defeated so I ended up eating the rest for lunch the next day.


I was impressed with the selection of cocktails (mostly rum based of course) – we had a lovely pina colada, a watermelon cooler which was really refreshing, a dark n stormy (which my friend said was one of he best she had ever had!) and a cottons passion (loved the chilli!). Great opportunity to try a selection of cocktails during happy hour 4-7pm!


Went to cottons for a birthday meal with my partner. We have visited Cottons previously for many years and have enjoyed ourselves. The change in management is very noticeable for the worse! You couldn't tell who was working, our waitress had no note pad to take our order never repeated our order back to us and just walked off,she wasn't pleasant .When the food did eventually arrive (over 30 mins for starter and 40 mins for main course). My prawn cocktail was rubbery and there was not a finger bowl to wash my fingers after (which on every occasion I've gone previous has been at the table)! My partner had items missing from his starter and when we tried to tell the waitress she was no where to be found the restaurant was not busy at all! When she did come back without asking if we had finish she was trying to remove our plates! When our mains came it was cold and small portion size had to be sent back and then when it came back items were missing. Absolutly terrible service. From start to finish. My usual cocktail wasn't the same. We were extremely disappointed with everything overall and will not be returning and would certainly NOT recommend to any one wanting authentic carribean cuisine.

tastemaker

I ended up in here after being a little bit disappointed with Camden Beach where the promise of Jerk Chicken was dashed due to the weather. We set our feet in here and it really felt like the sunshine was pouring down on this place. Not commercial and all the staff are friendly and happy to recommend. On Monday and Tuesday selective dishes are 50% off. We shared a starter of salt fish fritters and then both had 50% mains and the bill came to £22. I am a wuss with spice so i did need water and top tip is the coleslaw deffo helps when something is too spicy! Absolute gem and I would return here again and again. I recommend the jerk chicken with lamb kofte and the best bit was the plantains! 

Staff Writer

This place is fab!  The food is great with good sized portions.  The cocktails are wicked. You can also drink and dance at the front of the venue to some fab urban tunes! 


Visited  a couple of weeks back with a friend and couldn't fault the lovely new interiors, service or the food.  I'd recommend the tapas-style starter (trinidadian roti, cod fish fritters and creole shrimp) and the curry goat for mains - they're both generous portion wise and the prices aren't too shabby either.  The cocktails are pretty amazing too, especially if you just fancy visiting for drinks.  Overall, a fabulous lunch!