Bringing a bit of the Caribbean to the city is Dub Plates Kitchen, the pop-up delight which is currently hijacking Ramsay’s Bread Street kitchen every Friday night.
Having never been to Bread Street kitchen before, I had imagined it would be your usual swanky establishment you tend to find in the St Paul’s area. But after making my way through the plush red velvet drapes I’m immediately thrown into the island spirit where any hint of stuffiness is firmly left at the curtained door.
Pioneered by two friends with Caribbean heritage and a shared London upbringing, Dub Plates was inspired by memories of their Mum’s curry goat, rice and peas as well as fish and chips. So by combining their love for fusion food, Dub Plates, part of the Bread Street Sessions, promises to do exactly that; bring Caribbean dishes remixed with a British touch, rum laden cocktails and laid back tunes, making for all round fun vibes.
First up we’re served curry goat sliders in brioche buns, which are my idea of heavenly street food. Juicy and tender shredded goat with pickle, mango, sriracha and plantain chips, though the buns could have done with being a tad warmer.
Next we’re treated to breadfruit smiles which are baked breadfruit segments dipped into a spicy coconut sauce, as well as sides of Moorish fries in jerk season salt and 48-hour marinated chicken wings, drizzled with a sorrel and chilli sauce, all served on actual dub plates – ten inch vinyls.
But the pièce de résistance has to be their genius tropical style arancini; rice and peas coated and deep fried in panko breadcrumbs, filled with either jerk chicken, spiced dhal or macaroni cheese. I simply could not get enough of these and only wish I could have had more.
Everything is accompanied with a choice of Wray and Nephew rum tropical cocktails but be warned; these really do pack a punch! So it’s probably a good thing that the pop up night has now been moved from Thursday to Friday, where you can deal with the subsequent headache the next day.
With all dishes for under a fiver, and new additions added every week (their take on fish and chips was on the week after my visit) you really can’t go wrong with this fun and tasty street food fest which is a welcome break from the city slicker norm.
Dub Plates Kitchen is open every Friday from 5pm to 11pm at:
Bread Street Kitchen
10 Bread Street
Tel: 020 3030 4050