Levi Roots Caribbean Smokehouse

Restaurants, Caribbean Stratford
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A lively, family-friendly debut from the ever-likeable celebrity chef Levi Roots, dishing up classic and creative Jamaican food.

You can judge a good restaurant by its chicken. Or at least, I do. And the fact that the Smokehouse’s Reggae Reggae jerk chicken had me reaching for Levi’s infamous BBQ condiment made me wonder if this is actually a ploy to shift more bottles of the stuff. But to be fair, his new venture is actually better than that.

Based at Westfield Stratford, Levi Roots’s Caribbean Smokehouse is a vibrant and ambitious restaurant that does everything from Nando’s-style meal deals to more upmarket restaurant fare. The generous menu’s dishes are a nod to that island life, with its chicken soup, curry goat and a top-notch ackee and saltfish. Yet you’ll also find quirky numbers like the roti ‘brap’ wraps or the divine calypso rum cake.

It’s real value for money too. The well-seasoned skankin’ rice with its bite-sized chunks of pumpkin, ginger and peas is a terrific side and will cost you less than four quid.

But back to that chicken. Although it looked good, it was a bit ‘meh’ in the flavour department. If they focus on upping the reggae factor sans sauce, this smokehouse could be a real contender.

By: Matilda Egere-Cooper


Venue name: Levi Roots Caribbean Smokehouse
Address: 103 The Street
Westfield Stratford City, Montfichet Rd
E20 1EN
Opening hours: Monday to Sunday: 12:00 - 22:00
Transport: Tube: Stratford
Price: Dinner for two with drinks and service: around £75.
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I was extremely excited to eat here as I am a big fan of Levi Roots. I love the interior of the restaurant. It has a really nice vibe and it's very colourful inside. They play a lot of feel good Reggae songs as well! I ordered the 'Lawdahmercy' Pulled Jerk Chicken Roti Brap Wrap which was really tasty and bursting with flavour. From the Downtown Sides menu, I ordered the Jam-Mac 'n' Cheese and Sweet Plantain. I recommend them all!

The Jam-Mac 'n' Cheese was quite spicy and tangy but great and the Plantain was soft and just right. I treated myself to a pitcher which was really strong, refreshing and fruity. The cocktail menu has a great variety and everything on the food menu sounds delicious. I wanted to order it all! The restaurant was always busy so the service was a little slow but worth the wait. Prices are reasonable, I was so full, I couldn't have dessert but I will be going back to try the rum cake! Very friendly service.

Unfortunately had no chance to try the food as me and my friend received extremely bad service as I soon as I opened the door. Waitress Bobbi made us feel very unwelcome and had an attitude that I rarely experience in restaurants. Shame, as it looked pretty cool restaurant .... we went to Bumpkin instead and it was excellent!


The atmosphere and staff are nice, I really love the playlist, a great selection of tunes playing in the background made it a great vibe. I had the plantain, rice n peas, jerk wings, short rib and mac n cheese. ... honestly the plantain did it for me! I'm a lover of soft sweet plantain and this met all my expectations. The rice n peas and wings were lovely but the mac n cheese was not up to scratch. I think the type of cheese they used put me off. The jerk short rib was a bit dry but noticed another tables looked slightly juicier, that may have been the BBQ option so I still have hope it wasn't all bad! Didn't have room for deserts this time round but that's an excuse to go back!


I've been turned away twice from this restaurant as their waiting times were so long, so you can imagine how excited I was when I finally got a table! Unfortunately, the excitement didn't last that long...I ordered the curry goat with an extra side of fried plantain. When it came out, it was warm rather than piping hot. I complained and they immediately sent for a new freshly cooked batch which was hot all the way through, and the manager came over to apologise and make sure everything was okay, which was good customer service. Once I finally started eating, the meal was nice enough but nothing special. The fried plantain was reeeaaaaal good, mainly because I love over ripe plantain and that's exactly what I got! The atmosphere in the restaurant is nice, and I love the voice over in the bathrooms which teaches you Jamaican slang but the food, in my opinion, is average. The Rum Kitchen is so much better!