The Caribbean is famous for a few things; mostly rum, reggae and pirates, but also for food that’s jerk-spiced and sometimes contains goat. A getaway to the Caribbean would probably cost more than most people are willing to part with, but why leave Cape Town at all when you can get all the benefits and none of the pirates right here, with two main meals at Banana Jam Caribbean Restaurant for only R80
Finding its home in trendy Harfield Village, Banana Jam Caribbean Restaurant has the almost magical ability to take you right out of your suburban surroundings into a tropical nirvana, the likes of which you only see in those Johnny Depp movies. The large garden area is always bustling, with roaring fires to keep your toes toasty during the very un-tropical Cape Town winter. During the summer months, you can enjoy a traditional Jamaican BBQ while you sip lazily on a Piña Colada (or a Green Iguana if you’re feeling adventurous).
Serving up traditional delicacies like Caribbean Lamb and Chicken and Chorizo Jambalaya, gossip amongst the locals is that Banana Jam is the best place to find authentic Caribbean cuisine without shelling out for a plane ticket. For those looking for something a bit more exotic, menu selections like Jamaican Jerk Chicken and Crazy Goat Curry (yes, made with real goat) will satisfy even the most daring of diners. Even the vegetarians are well catered for with gems like Reggae Rice or Trinidad Roti. And if you find yourself chewing to the beat of the reggae, don’t worry, it’s normal.
There may not be pirates, other than the Orlando versions they show on the flat-screens during major sporting events, but the atmosphere is laid back, the food is good and the staff is friendly. While some Caribbean restaurants will leave you asking where all the rum has gone, Banana Jam won’t disappoint. With one of the biggest authentic rum collections in the country and an extensive cocktail menu, the happiest happy hour in Cape Town is between five and six every evening.
Caribbean Fact: During a street festival in Okazaki, Aichi in Japan, in the early 2000’s, a number of street vendors were arrested for attempting to sell Jamaican Jambalaya made from, primarily, German sausage.