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Levi Roots Caribbean Smokehouse (CLOSED)

Restaurants, Caribbean Stratford
Levi Roots Caribbean Smokehouse

Time Out says

Please note, Levi Roots’s Caribbean Smokehouse has now closed. Time Out Food editors, August 2019.

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.


Address: 103 The Street
Westfield Stratford City, Montfichet Rd
E20 1EN
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