Jamroc Jamaican Jerk Chicken | 421 Brunswick Street, FORTITUDE VALLEY QLD 4006

For those of you who have been following this blog for a while, you may recall that about one and a half years ago, the other travel bunnie and I took a cruise around the Caribbean. On the day when the cruise ship made a stopover at Grand Turk, we stopped at a little beach shack for some jerk chicken. For $6USD, it was the best jerk chicken I've ever had. Seriously. After such a long time, the taste still lingers in my memory.

After coming back to Australia, every now and then I would have cravings for jerk chicken. But it was too difficult to find anything remotely close so eventually I gave up and turned to Nandos for some comfort.

Two nights ago the other travel bunnie and I (together with minibun) took a short car ride and ended up at Jamroc Jamaican Jerk Chicken in the Valley. The shopfront is only small but it's definitely inviting. Coloured in green, red and yellow, I couldn't help myself but to catch a whiff of the aromatic smell of grilled chicken.

We were welcomed by the shop's manager and at his recommendation, ordering took seconds. For $28.95, you can get a whole chicken plus a choice of two large sides, so it was a no-brainer for us. But instead of getting two large sides, the manager was kind enough to let us have a large chips, a regular Caribbean coleslaw and a regular rice and peas.

A short while later, our table was filled with food. I must admit that I was really surprised with how good everything tasted. I mean, I expected the chicken to be tasty given that's what the shop specialises in, but the chicken exceeded my expectations. Although it was cooked through, the meat was so tender. The delicious flavour was not only coming from the basting on the surface but the marinade had worked so well that it had sunk into the meat. The Caribbean coleslaw provided a fresh balance with the right amount of creaminess and crunch, and the rice and peas was a really good side too.

Make sure that you try their Caribbean ketchup ($1.50). I promise it's nothing like the average ketchup that you're expecting. I loved it with the ultra crunchy thick cut chips.

How I had not known about this place earlier I have no idea, but I'm glad that I do now. It's such a humble looking joint but their jerk chicken will surprise you. Give it a go and make your own decision, but be careful not to get addicted!

Disclaimer: the bunnies received a $30 food voucher form Jamroc Jerk Chicken, however my opinion is as always, my own.

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