Discover more of Bristol’s best Jamaican Takeways
For many, Jamaican food might not be the first thing that comes to mind when a friend or family member suggests a takeaway. Mostly enjoyed by Jamaican emigrants or second and third generations, more and more people or switching on to the delights of Caribbean cooking. Robust in flavour, Jamican cuisine is influenced by Amerindian, African, Irish, English, French, Portuguese, Spanish, Indian, Chinese and Middle Eastern people who had originally inhabited the island, but also by the produce available there. We’re talking a variety of seafood and sun-ripened tropical fruits, meats and the crops that were first introduced from Southeast Asia. Out of a melting pot of cultural influence, a wonderful cuisine was born and brought to our shores. Whether you already enjoy Jamaican food, or you’re eager to try, here’s a number of contestants for the best Jamaican takeaway in Bristol.
With famous past visits including the likes of author and dub poet, Benjamin Zephaniah and rapper, author and activist, Akala, Fi Real is the port of call for delicious vegan and vegetarian Caribbean food. Situated only minutes away from Bristol Cabot Circus, this restaurant definitely has a no-frills interior apart from a beautifully painted sign above the cash register, but they still manage to pull off an atmosphere that’s playful with pops of colour in the red of the benches and splashes of green and yellow.
Of course if you’re deliveroo’ing (did we just make a new thing?) then you won’t get to experience the friendly atmosphere in the restaurant, but you definitely will still get the punch of flavour that their food packs.
Apparently something Bob Marley himself would’ve eaten, their Ital Stew is a naturally delicious stew that requires very little seasoning for it to taste as robust as it does. Made from red kidney beans, yams, potatoes and a creamy coconut base, it’s a popular option alongside the Jamaican Curry Chunks, which is their take on curried goat. Soya chunks are cooked in an authentic Jamaican curry sauce with potatoes, carrots and butterbeans. There is a lentil stew consisting of seasoned lentils that are cooked in a sweet potato stew with a hint of coconut milk that sounds gorgeous – and is also gluten free – that sadly isn’t on the takeaway menu, but the sweet and sour strips are and if you’re a fan of fruit in savoury dishes, then the pineapple chunks in this makes it a clear winner
Operating since 2014, this Caribbean husband and wife team, Marie and William, has created a taste of home and made it accessible to everyone without once compromising on the taste. It’s home cooking at it’s finest and we can’t wait to dig in.
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.
William Clarke and Ariel Czaczkes – the same duo behind Biblos – set up in Wapping Wharf with their new concept, Calypso Kitchen and it’s gorgeous. Playing into their surroundings, they’ve kitted their space out with industrial light fixtures, mismatched metal and wooden tables and chairs and a mix of concrete and blue walls, upcycled pallets and a ton of plants to really remind you you’re restaurant district filled with shipping containers, but with a touch of chic.
And yet, this super Instagrammable space isn’t the main attraction at Calypso Kitchen. As with Biblos, Clarke and Czaczkes combine their Middle Eastern and Caribbean roots to create incredibly tasty and healthy fusion food that’s been successful in Biblos for the past decade.
Delivery from Calypso includes multiple mouth watering options including slow cooked goat meat with butter beans, carib slaw and rice’n’peas, jerk chicken on the bone, marinated for forty-eight hours before being slapped on the grill and served with slaw and rice’n’peas. There’s also plantain gumbo, which is caramelised plantain, chickpeas and aubergine slow cooked in a subtle spicy tomato sauce and or another option which replaces the plantain with sweet potato. And if you’re in the mood for something a little closer to junk food, opt for their sticky chicken wings with triple cooked fries and slaw.
Somewhat famous for their wraps over at Biblos, you might want to take advantage of your opportunity to try them at Calypso. There’s everything from jerk chicken filling to falafel, BBQ jerk pulled pork and a phenomenal caramelised sweet potato and beetroot wrap with mayo and chilli salsa.
They also do sides of corn, halloumi fries, fish cakes and korean fried wings, sharing platters that sound super tasty and to put the cherry on this huge, delicious cake, salted caramel and double chocolate brownie.