Rhythm Kitchen have successfully been serving Caribbean food for over seven years. We went to Walthamstow to check out their second restaurant.
The first impressions were very strong. A light filled, modern space with cool black and white photos adorning the walls. The staff were very welcoming, but what really caught our eye was the bar with over 70 varieties of rums.
Delroy, the owner, wandered over and talked us through the concept and options. After a career as a chef and in film production, he is on a mission to make good British-Carribean food accessible. And the meal delivered on this promise.
It was hard to agree on which course outclassed the others. For me, it was the starters.
The chicken soup with home made dumplings hit the spot in terms of flavours and not being too overpowering. For us, this was a stand out dish.
We also tried the fish fritters (excellent texture and not too greasy) and the prawns (excellent taste and simply presented with a small side salad).
In terms of mains, the Goat curry with the hot sauce turned out to be another favourite. We liked the use of spice and the tenderness of the meat. The grilled fish of the day was well executed and the plantain side extremely complementary.
Given the recent heat wave, we ended the food journey with coconut and mango sorbet. Both were refreshing and light. The Banana Blondie also caught our eye as an interesting, if rich, alternative.
The drinks menu was well stocked. Cocktails, a healthy selection of rums and good non-alcoholic alternatives such as the bottomless limeade.
We were really impressed by the welcome, warmth and commitment of the staff. The restaurant was packed for a Wednesday night and would make a great lunch or dinner spot.
Rhythm Kitchen: an unexpected treat well worth travelling to Walthamstow for. Very good value for money with starters around £5 and mains in the region of £11. We will be back!
Words by Simon Day