With a sign proclaiming St. Mary’s to be the ‘Flava of Jamaica’ in red green and yellow, you’d be foolish not to believe them as you head into this modest restaurant. There isn’t much in the way of extravagant decor, but that’s okay, because the paintings that are hanging on the walls make enough of an impact.
Besides, we all know it’s about the food, and food… and that they have in abundance. Cooking fresh, authentic Jamaican food, the team here want to encapsulate the heart and soul of St. Mary’s Parish so that when you’re eating it, you’re no longer in Bristol, but on the white sandy beaches of Jamaica.
For mains, choose between classics like Curried Goat, Jerk Chicken, Ackee and Saltfish or take advantage of their succulent boneless snapper that’s cooked to order for ultimate freshness. Vegetarians and vegans, there’s a yummy mixed vegetable curry or garlic, spinach and butternut dish for you to enjoy.
Sides, as we’ve stated many times before, are almost just as important as the side and here at St. Mary’s they have a good variety. Fried dumpling, fried plantain, coleslaw, mac and cheese and more with a range of sodas, like pineapple and ginger, sorrel and ginger and fruit punch, to really drive the flavours of the Caribbean home.
For after, St Mary’s Kitchen also does cakes that have in the past included rum and raisin – ideal for those rum & raisin ice cream lovers – marble cake, and a whimsical homemade sprinkle cake. Freshly baked and ever changing, you can rely on St Mary’s to have a gorgeous offering whenever you’re in the mood for something a little sweet.
The jerk is sticky and glossy, the curries deep and rich and the portions generous. If you’re looking for comfort food, look no further than St Mary’s Kitchen.