*I were given a complimentary meal in exchange for
an honest review so all thoughts and opinions are my own
I’m always up for trying new cuisines and restaurants so when Ma Petite Jamaica came onto my radar I jumped at the chance of heading to the heart of Camden to try out some authentic Jamaican food. The restaurant describes itself as London’s first Caribbean dining serving authentic Jamaican food which was founded in 1985, so with over 30 years experience I had high hopes.
Before going to Ma Petite Jamaica I didn’t have much exposure or knowledge about Caribbean food other than a neighbour always bringing over fresh Curried Goat to my dad when I was younger.
Just a few minutes from the station the restaurant looks fairly plain from the outside but step inside and you’ll be greeted with artwork, bunting, umbrellas and a nice cozy restaurant space. There was a lot of atmosphere in the restaurant with music and just a generally great vibe and from the moment we entered the staff were really attentive but on the friendly side so it was super relaxed.
We started off with some Rumpolitan cocktails which included Rum, Peach Schnapps, Cointreau, Lime Juice and Cranberry which were so tasty I had to stop myself from downing it. Luke had the same cocktail and loved it which was pretty impressive considering he wouldn’t class himself as a rum fan. From 5pm until 9pm it’s happy hour which means a selection of cocktails are just £5 and bottles of beer are £2.50 which is pretty unheard of for London.
For starters we began with a portion of 5 Jerk Chicken Wings (£5) and some BBQ Spare Ribs (£7) which although they were different meats due to the abundance of sauce tasted reasonably similar. The Jerk Wings were a little spicier but they were incredibly tasty. Thankfully for us we were brought over a bowl of water and some wet wipes as we got very messy with our first course.
Then we moved onto the mains where Luke had 1/2 a Jerk Chicken (£13.50) which came with Plantain, Coleslaw and Rice, and I opted for the Sweet and Sour Pork which came with Rice and Peppers. The menu was pretty extensive for mains so I did have to spend quite some time pondering on what to have. Luke’s Jerk Chicken didn’t last very long and the sauce was incredibly generous, although not being used to spicy things he did feel it a little later on in the day.
My Sweet and Sour pork was very tender, so much so that I didn’t need to use a knife to cut through it and the sauce was nice and rich and even just drizzle on top of the rice it was lovely. Considering the reasonable prices as well the portion sizes were really generous, I couldn’t finish mine as there was a lot of it, plus I was saving myself for dessert.
I’m rarely ever someone to turn down dessert, it takes a lot for me to say no especially when the choices are so tempting. Annoyingly I didn’t take a photo of the menu and I can’t find the desserts online so I couldn’t be sure of the exact prices, but Luke went for a rich chocolate brownie which was pretty dense and chocolatey but really moreish. I went for Cookie Cheesecake which was one of the best cheesecakes I’ve had as the topping was so light and easy to eat and the biscuit base was quite a thin layer so it added crunch but wasn’t too overpowering.
Considering this isn’t the kind of cuisine we’d usually think about going to our minds have been changed and we enjoyed a great meal somewhere with great vibes.