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The Jamaican Restaurant Run by Actual Jamaicans

Jamski

8A Ologun Agbaje Street, Victoria Island, Lagos. 

0809 458 0930. catering@jamskinigeria.com

NOSA: We’ve been trying to put off this Jamski review for another week, but due to Food Shack ruining our plans, we were left with no choice. 

FOLLY: Food Shack stays stressing us out. 

NOSA: As expected, Jamski is still a work in progress.

FOLLY: So we're not going to judge them based on that because they've not really opened yet and we were just being keen. 

NOSA: There’s still some construction work being done, there’s no POS, and there’s also no menu. So please note these things if you do decide to visit. 

FOLLY: There's also no printed bill so you'll have to take their word for it. 

NOSA: This is the third Jamaican restaurant we’ve reviewed on the blog and this probably the first one with actual Jamaican staff.

FOLLY: Mango Room and Jamo Afrique are the other two in case you were wondering. 

NOSA: The others might have a Jamaican in the kitchen, but Jamski has Jamaicans everywhere. From the floor to the kitchen. Everywhere. For that alone, I’m going to safely assume this is actually authentic Jamaican food. 

Fair, no?

FOLLY: Sounds fair to me. 

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NOSA: So we got the Curry Goat, Oxtail in Brown Stew, and Jerk Chicken. Rice & Peas too. Before I get into anything, I want to let you guys know how cool the Jamaican accent is. 

FOLLY: I'm an idiot so I made him repeat everything not cause I didn't hear, but because I wanted to hear him talk again. 

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NOSA: The oxtail was tender, but not as tender as the one at Mango Room. After trying oxtail at two other places, I really appreciate the one at Mango Room. You could literally slide the bone out of theirs. The Jamski one, not so much. But if you love Cow Leg, you’ll absolutely love this. Trust me, when you try it, you’ll get it. 

FOLLY: My dad would love this, mans can gnaw on a cow leg like nothing you've ever seen. The meat on the curry goat, however, was incredibly tender, maybe they used our delicious baby goats that are bred specially for asun. 

NOSA: The rice and peas were very different from what we’ve had previously. The color was a lot brighter. I tried googling, but the color thing is really all over the place so I guess everyone is right. 

FOLLY: I definitely enjoyed the rice and peas here, but of the three iterations of rice and peas I've had in Lagos, Mango Room's has been my favorite. It was sweet but the taste of coconut milk wasn't as strong as it was in Jamski's.

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NOSA: The jerk chicken was pretty delicious and if you aren’t the most adventurous, this is what you should settle on.

FOLLY: I've decided that jerk chicken is overrated. It tastes just like the chicken suya from Glover Court. 

NOSA: It’s really interesting how Jamaican food is a lot like Nigerian. They love spicy food too. They might as well be Yoruba. 

FOLLY: Yeah the curry goat was a little bit too spicy for me that I had to allow it after a while. I even had to change my ratio of rice to stew from my normal ratio cause I needed a lot more rice to diffuse the steam from the curry.  

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NOSA: The curry goat was really tender now that I think I about it. I tend to avoid goat at every juncture in life, but the tenderness was surprising. Shouts to them.

 

POSTSCRIPT

NOSA: This Jamaican spot seems the most authentic of the lot so if you’re in the mood for some adventure, this is the one.

FOLLY: Surely, there has to be more to Jamaican food than oxtail and jerk chicken cause I'm currently maxed out on that. I'd go back when they open properly, if I can order something other than oxtail and jerk chicken.  

VERDICT

DAMAGE

Total bill cost N7700 for all the food mentioned above and two bottles of water and a can of Heineken. 

A bit cheap, no?

 

PARKING

Street parking. 


Update: Jamski now has a POS machine. 

There's A Jamaican Spot In Lekki

Update: This restaurant has closed down


Mango Room

Aaron's Mall, Olubunmi Owa St., Lekki I, Lagos

0818 614 4444

FOLLY: Bubble Tii (a vendor at the EatDrinkFestival) moved to a shiny new store in Lekki and acquired a roommate along the way. That roommate is the Mango Room. 

Now, this is the first Carribean restaurant I've come across in Lagos and I was quite excited. Even more excited when I realized they did NOT have jollof rice on the menu. I bet a dusty Nigerian has asked. 

NOSA: Sure, they didn't have jollof on the menu, but they didn't have a bunch of the stuff listed on the menu either.

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FOLLY: Initially, I was going to get a medium portion each of curry goat and oxtail but they said they didn't have medium portions of the oxtail, so I settled on a large portion of the oxtail with a side of rice and peas for Nosa and me, to share.

NOSA: ....which was a completely terrible idea. 

FOLLY: The large oxtail portion wasn't that large, sadly.

NOSA: I wonder how small their "medium" must be. 

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FOLLY: The oxtail was delicious, it was so tender and juicy.

NOSA: I think this is why the portion size upset me so much.

FOLLY: They really did that meat justice, I suspect it was slow cooked. 

NOSA: The thought of oxtail, in itself, scares me but this was really good. I wish the sauce it was cooked in was, for lack of a better word, overwhelming. This is more of a personal problem to be fair. I had just taken drugs and wished the taste would drown out the medicine aftertaste I already had in my mouth. 

FOLLY: The rice and peas were also great. Now, these are aren't regular green peas like you and I know but are actually kidney beans, which makes me wonder why the Jamaicans call them peas but that's irrelevant. 

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NOSA: I fully expected Mango Room to be lazy and serve the regular Nigerian "rice & beans" like the one at Chicken Republic. Look, Nigerian restaurants have scammed me so I'm always so edgy about these things.

FOLLY: What I liked about this was the 'swaltiness' (sweet and salty). Something was added to the rice to also give it a sweet base, I think brown sugar or coconut milk. 

NOSA: I kept waiting for the real taste to show up. The rice and peas were actually delicious, but as a Nigerian conditioned to think there's only one way for rice to taste, I thought I was imagining this "swalty" thing.

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FOLLY: The patty was a little thin and quite expensive if you ask me. N500 for a small meat pie in this economy, I mean, my people damn near had a revolution when Mr. Biggs increased the price of their meat pie to N250. 

Don't get me wrong though the beef patty wasn't just a meat pie, I'm just comparing it to one since that's what we're familiar with in Nigeria.

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NOSA: The beef patty is no meat pie, at all. They might look like twins or "similiar", as one man told Folly yesterday, but they're very different. 

FOLLY: Two things that make a Jamaican patty different from a meat pie is a flakier and spiced (curry) crust, and this one had both of those.

NOSA: Meat Pie > Beef Patty because Nigeria > Jamaica obvs. 

Banter aside, I wonder what Jamaicans would think of our meat pie. 

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FOLLY: Finally, I had no idea what to expect with the fried dumplings but these can be likened to puff-puff or fried bread. We used these to mop up the left over sauce from the oxtails.  

NOSA: This is really a puff-puff strip. Can't tell me nothing.

 

POSTSCRIPT

FOLLY: This is a nice place and I quite enjoyed the Oxtail. I'd like to try the curry goat or something else on their menu if I come back. 

NOSA: I hated the fact that it costs more to eat in than to take out. And none of the staff could explain why. It would be nice if the owner explained these things to the staff. I also hate that they cover the plates with a microwave cover when serving. These little grievances aside, I'll absolutely come back here. Totally worth it.

VERDICT

DAMAGE

Fried Dumpling - N1000

Beef Patty - N500

Rice & Peas with Oxtail - N4000

 

 

PARKING

Kinda sorta