I went to lunch today with my friend Donna. We get together once in awhile to go out and eat some Caribbean food. Since we met a couple of years ago in Jamaica (we live only about 5 miles from each other) she is my connection to all things Caribbean in the area. Her husband is from Haiti so they are always on the lookout for Caribbean food and music.
We chose Kallaloo for our lunch today because with the cold, dreary Seattle weather, we agreed we didn’t want to have to drive too far, and we wanted easy parking. We had eaten here before, but it’s been awhile. It seemed to both of us that the lunch menu used to have more variety. According to our waiter the restaurant was really busy last night so they were out of a lot of things today.
That was ok. We had enough trouble deciding what to order. We finally settled on Crab Cakes as an appetizer and one entree – the Creole Fish to share, with a Ting to drink. The fish was excellent. The crab cakes came after we had started on our main course, and didn’t impress – they didn’t have a lot of flavor. The Rum Soaked Raisin Bread Pudding was a great ending to the meal.
Donna ordered the Creole Fish and an order of Jerk Chicken to go for dinner. I tried to order the Goat Roti, but the goat wasn’t ready so I decided to behave and eat my leftovers from last night. When Donna checked her to go orders, the chicken was a very small portion for the price – I haven’t heard yet how it was.
The service was a bit lacking today as well. There was only one waiter on duty, but there were only about 5 table full so we felt he should have been able to handle it.
Since we’ve both eaten there before and enjoyed it, we will definitely go back. Maybe for dinner when I can get my curry goat!
After lunch we visited for awhile and talked about our past Caribbean trips and the future ones we look forward to. Donna loaned me a Caribbean cookbook because I mentioned that I wanted to start including a recipe in each of my newsletters from now on. (I will share them here as well.) Culinaria The Caribbean, A Culinary Discovery includes a chapter on each Caribbean country that discusses historical, cultural and culinary aspects. There are also tons of fabulous pictures of the islands, the water, the food, the people.
I’m really looking forward to reading through this book and learning even more about this wonderful region that I love. I will share with you from time to time some of the things I learn.