Summer is finally here!! Or, at least for now. This is England after all.
What better way to celebrate the sunshine than with a lil’ bit a reggae to chill you out! Roll on Dub Jam, a tiny little restaurant situated near Covent Garden.
With Dub Jam you hear it before you see it. Playing Reggae music from Trogan Records out of large speakers at the back, this chilled out restaurant really does put you in a good mood! The decor is very beach shack-esque, with benches made from surf boards and light fittings made from buoys and old paint tins. Apparently most of the tables and chairs are made on a budget of just £250! It is small at a mere 16 seats so get there quickly to grab yourself a seat.
I will first off say how lovely the waitresses were in this place, service with a smile really does make a difference!
We started off with come cocktails and I had the Rum Punch, a reggae-infused fruity rum cocktail. How is it infused? Why, the cocktail is fed out of a tap through the speakers of course! It was delicious and I could have put my head under that tap all night long if I didn’t fear the hangover the next day…
We sat down and checked out the menu which is written on black boards above the counter, and instantly wanted all the side dishes available. We held back and just ordered 3 – the rice n ‘peace’, the rude boys skin on chips and KJ’s sweet potato chips. I decided on the Peppa Pig – Jerk pork belly skewers with peppers and a side of sunshine slaw (+ love according to the blackboard!).
All jerk skewers are marinated for 48 hours, then slow cooked for 8 hours, then smoked, and THEN BBQ’ed once you order. Phew! Is all that effort worth it? Indeed it is! The pork tasted delicious and soft, and the peppers had a nice crunch! The one thing I wasn’t a fan of was that my skewer had green peppers on it (blergh!) so it would be great to decide which peppers you can have on it. That is very nit-picky of me though…
Surprisingly I think my favourite part of the dish was the sunshine slaw! I am not one of mayonnaise’s biggest fans, so thankfully this slaw is made with yoghurt and coconut! It was so scrummy and went really well with the jerk pork and the spicy salsa that you get on the side.
I think the real winner of the evening were the sweet potato fries – huge chunks of soft sweet potato with perfectly crispy edges and seasoned with some sort of Italian herb(?). They were so tasty and I think I would have been happy with just those and the slaw! The regular chips were equally as chunky and were tasty too, however the rice and ‘peace’ I could have left. Nothing too spectacular about the rice to be honest, but then again I am not a great lover of the stuff.
If you want jerk, rum and reggae then this is your place! As you can see my friends had a wild time…
There is actually a difference in price between eating out and take-away which they don’t tell you on the website which is a bit cheeky, but I guess it encourages people to take out rather than cram into the tiny space. Either way I think this should probably be mentioned on the website.
The bill came to about £18 for my skewer, a cocktail and sharing 3 sides (quick note – I believe it might be cash only). It may be a bit on the pricey side for what is essentially take-away food. But I think the experience of Dub Jam is great, it simply puts you in a great mood!
20 Bedford Street, Covent Garden, London, WC2E 9HP