Ma Petite Jamaica
Time Out says
Jamaican restaurant with jerk wings, rum cocktails and reggae music.
No cash for a Caribbean jaunt? Then get away for just the night with the aid of this Camden newcomer. Bedecked with bright murals and beach shades, Ma Petite Jamaica – on our Saturday night visit – even provided a tropical temperature. Like most venues on Inverness Street, it is long and incredibly narrow. However, while rows of tables and the constant brushing past of busy staff kills off any chance of intimacy, they don’t detract from the experience.
When ordering food, don’t mistake ‘small plates’ for starters: one is definitely enough to share, and friendly waiters are on hand to help navigate the menu. Our dumplings filled with jerk chicken were moreish, but the salt fish fritters were heavy and underseasoned.
Main course portions were consistently massive and generally decent. Curried goat was good but messy, as the meat was served on the bone (not that we minded getting stuck in). A main of fiery jerk chicken was moist and tender, smothered in hot sauce and served with rice and peas; while a side of coleslaw soothed the aggressive heat of the chicken.
Cocktails, unfortunately, were a disappointment. Average piña coladas were icy and the Killer Doppi (four types of rum, apricot liqueur, blue Curaçao and fruit juices) was choked with orange juice and so felt overpriced, especially when compared with the food. Still, at least there was Red Stripe on tap.
The odd let-down aside, Ma Petite Jamaica is a great-value, fun destination for lining your stomach and kicking off a night in Camden.
4 Inverness St
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If you are looking for a caribbean restaurant which lives up to the stereotype of terrible service then you are in the right place.
The service is slow and none of the staff there really seem to know what they are doing. I left the table halfway through my meal to visit the bathroom and on my return found that my food had been cleared. Upon asking the waitress why they took my food away when i clearly wasnt finished she responded "i didnt take your food" as if to imply the food magically disappeared by itself??
Shortly after the manager came over and claimed that a different waitress had cleared the food and i must have told her to do so. Not only was he very rude and condescending but his whole manner was very aggressive and made me feel like it was my fault for having gone to the bathroom without finishing my plate. After accusing me he then stormed off without offering so much as an apology let alone a solution to the problem.
I was then served another full portion of my meal about half an hour later with no communication from the manager or staff. The treatment so far left me skeptical so i did not feel comfortable eating the food through fear that it had been tampered with in the kitchen.
To add insult to injury when it came time to pay the manager stood over us to ensure we paid the full bill. So not only did he make us feel like liars but like criminals too.
This place has a lot of work to do in terms of customer service. As a customer i did not find it fair that i had to beg for food that i was going to pay for. The manager there needs a course in how to deal with people because at no point in time was i rude or difficult but all i got in return was an unnecessary passive aggressive attitude.
All in all my experience there was far from satisfactory and i definitely will not be back.
I was looking for a place to eat before a gig at Koko and a friend suggested this place. I'm glad they did; they do a mean curry goat and I loved the mocktails. Great value for money too.
Love this place. A fun restaurant that takes its food - but not itself - seriously. The curry goat is freaking fabulous.