Bamboula is a simple, relaxed little Caribbean place with a good atmosphere and mixed crowd, great reggae beats and soulful food. El G, The Man From Snowy River and I went along on Friday but was very sad to hear that they’d run out of Jerk Chicken by 9.30pm – boooo!
I’ve been a few times already and the jerk chicken has been great, but instead I had ackee & saltfish and the boys had curried goat and chicken curry, all eaten with rice and peas (very tasty), and freshly-made coleslaw (nice and tangy – goes great with the food). I’m sad they aren’t doing ackee & salfish as a starter anymore as its a great dish to share and good for newcomers to this kind of food to try out – but I loved it as a main too – really interesting, salty, delicate mix of flavours and textures.
Ackee and saltfish with rice and peas
The meat in the curries was sadly filled with bones, but cooked in a lightly-spiced sauce which our Aussie friend summed up the next day by saying it simply sat really well with him, giving him a great night’s sleep. This isn’t the most delicate cooking but its what I think of as soul food, because its homely and makes you feel good.
Curried goat with rice and peas
Oh and I’d recommend a beer or the rum cocktails over the wine which doesn’t really sit right with the food and is always served pretty warm. A main course each and bottle of wine between 3 was £17 each.