Calabash, jamaican me bananas...
Delicious, authentic, hearty and affordable. So glad a 'Reef' contender has finally popped up into Vancouver's mainstream restaurant scene. My dining companions and I were thoroughly impressed with the wonderful food and ambience experienced on our first visit - so much that we decided to embark on another Calabash adventure a few weeks later.
We arrived to a full house on a Friday night, sans reservation. Somehow the thought of calling to see if they took reservations had somehow bypassed me (for some reason, I thought they didn't take resos). We were told it would be a 45 minute to an hour wait and thus, trekked a few blocks north to Vera's for some drinks to pass time. An hour later, I still had not received a call from Calabash and so we decided to walk back to check up on our pending table. After another half hour wait, we were finally seated. Though tummies were grumbling and moods were mostly dissatisfied, we were happy to hear that old school music (my fave) would be playing later on that night.
On our first visit here, we had the Mango and Goat Cheese Salad, Fried Coconut Dumplings, Roti and dip, Ginger Plantain Gratin, and the Goat Curry. I won't delve into the specifics of each but will say they were all delicious with the Ginger Plantain Gratin being the standout and most favourite of the night.
On this night, I had my eyes set on one thing and one thing only: the Chicken and Ribs. It was a special for the week and a special it was! I thoroughly savored the nicely charred and wonderful aromatic flavours of the jerk chicken and especially the guava, coco nib and Appleton rum glazed ribs. The ribs were fall-off-the-bone tasty. The chicken was soft and tender. Accompanied with jerk fries and a mixed green salad, I had no complaints there!
|Chicken and Ribs|
|the 'Banoffee' cake...*drools...|
Pleasant and responsive
Very 'happenin' towards the end of the week. Lounge downstairs. Live performances weekly
Yay: Come here for great authentic Carribean food and drinks. Relaxed and unpretentious environment. Large rum selection.
Nay: Long waits come Fridays and Saturdays