October 22, 2017.
So this beautiful Sunday afternoon found me at Jamrock Restaurant and Grill after hearing a lot about it. We; my brother and I decided to make it our destination for dining out. The place was less busy, as cool as a Sunday afternoon. Not even the older women’s association with their chit-chats could distract the cool ambience although they were just adjacent to our seats.
We were welcomed by great reggae music playing in the background. The menu was served right after we were seated. The House cocktails were not bad at all, as I was not a fan of liquor, I went in for virgin colada (which is like the non-alcoholic version of Pina-colada). My brother ordered ‘Zaccapa in Thyme’ (Rum, cranberry juice, lemon and thyme) was cool but for a drink like that to go for 35.00 cedis, well.
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On the orders, Curry Goat which came with …
On the Menu:
The Buffalo wings well was not bad. The sauce quite flat. I expected it to be much spicy but well for that size, the price of 20cedis wasn’t bad for a plate.
Seeing the curry goat got me excited so we ordered. It came together with J Rice ‘n’ Peas quite similar to Ghanaian waakye. The rice ‘n’ peas was very flavourful because of the coconut oil it was cooked in but disappointed with curried goat because I like my mutton – like most Ghanaians – to be tough. So if you have a western and prefer your mutton soft, then it will do fine for you and the taste, well it was like having another meat apart from mutton.
So at this stage, I wanted to play safe with the next meal I was to order. This is quite unlike me who always goes for something new/different. I went in for Jollof rice which came with a side salad and a bowl of Callaloo ‘n’ saltfish(a veggies stir). So this is what I thought, the Callaloo ‘n’ salt fish would be a normal veggie-fry with salt fish but little did I know the Callaloo plant, the main ingredient would make it so difficult to finish the bowl, it was quite strong if you ask me. From the googling I did, it looks like it is quite popular in the Caribbean, quite piquant but might be an acquired taste. That didn’t do it for me at all. But on the plate was a side salad so I deserted the callaloo in total and trust me the jollof is bae! Please any day any time, go for the Jollof!
Ermm prices were not bad at all. Compared to the industry prices especially around East Legon.
Gestures: Well I heard a ‘welcome’ upon entering and waiter were very attentive to our calls. A head waiter of a sort came in 30 minutes after we had ordered to ask if we would like the fan to be turned towards our direction but we told him we were good. Mind you it was a hot afternoon and hence. Waitress Mercy, was a very amiable one, I mean waitresses fake smiles all the time and for the tip too but Mercy seemed to be loving her service she was rendering to us. She was very suggestive, with the menu too. Unlike the obnoxious know-it-all waitresses who end up leaving out one or two from your orders. This was the first time a waitress had ever asked if she could go over the menu. Way to go Jamrock!. Finally, there was a lady in the parking lot to see to us and bid us goodbyes quite out of the ordinary.
Culinary: Didn’t look old and was modern. Love the pot the curry goat came in. Food presentation, above average.
Setting: The place has an open setting with some ornamental plants in here and there and a cool surrounding environment right off the east Legon Street, what’s there not to like about such an environment. Quite suitable for business meetings, romantic outings and intimate meals in their comfy white-basket-woven settees which gave a garden-ish ambience once the sun shone through, with matchy coffee tables. Apart from which there are dining tables and chairs. Colour combination; very African. A true stop for Jamaicans as well as non-Jamaicans alike. There were Jamaican themed colours with quotes in Patois on the walls, here and there. Very good reggae songs played in the background reggae lovers would love this place. Never a dull moment.
Will I go back there? Absolutely. Nice environment, nice people. Looking out for their live band on Fridays which I hear is spot on!
How many stars would I rate this, 4 out of 5? Customer service is always KEY!
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