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Caribbean Flavas Review

Lynda Moyo visits the Caribbean’s honorary island of Salford

Written by . Published on September 1st 2011.


Caribbean Flavas Review

THE unit on Chapel Street used to belong to a sandwich shop called Toast, but if an area ever needed a ray of Caribbean sunshine, this busy road next to Salford Central train station is it.

For something a bit more daring, try the amusingly titled Rasta Pasta (£3) which is veggie pasta with callaloo (a leafy green), plantain (a type of fried banana), peppers and ackee (the national fruit of Jamaica).

Caribbean Flavas has been there for ten months now and in comparison to some other Caribbean takeaways I’ve been to in Manchester, they seem to be doing most things right. The fact they were open and stick to proper fixed opening hours is a good start. Trust me when I say there are others in Manchester that seem to open and close when they feel like it.

They’ve also made a bit of effort with the signage and the general look of the place. It may be Mama’s home cooking but that doesn’t mean customers should feel like they’ve walked into someone’s hovel. Caribbean Flavas has gone for a clean, simple and welcoming look.

Caribbean FlavasCaribbean Flavas

If you don’t know much about this type of food, it could initially be a bit overwhelming but my advice is to ask the staff rather than gazing at the wall menu. You’ll be stood there otherwise.

The guys running the show are very chatty and upon seeing my eyes light up at a counter full of different meats, rice, vegetables, fish, salad, macaroni cheese and more, they were happy to run through what’s what.

Prices are cheerful too. I went for two pieces of BBQ chicken (£3), a slab of macaroni cheese (£2) and homemade coleslaw (£1). My Caribbean cuisine connoisseur, Chris, went for large curry beef with rice ‘n’ peas (£5.50) and a dumpling (50p). He’s an expert by birthright by the way; nothing beats his Jamaican grandma’s home cooking apparently, but even he was impressed with the grub here.

Caribbean Flavas takeawayCaribbean Flavas takeaway

What stood out most were the flavours, or ‘flavas’ in this case. The food has plenty of both; your salt and pepper shakers will be redundant. The BBQ chicken was succulent and sticky sweet and the beef tasted like an old fashioned hearty stew but jazzed up with a kick of curry to give it that exotic twist. The coleslaw serves to cool it down, but this is not your typical supermarket coleslaw, it’s chopped much finer and is made with salad cream rather than mayonnaise, the Caribbean way. It’s much more sharp and tangy.

I was sceptical about the macaroni cheese at first, as I make this particular dish at home . Whilst this wasn’t Moyo macaroni, it was definitely decent – a crisp layer of strong cheese covering a solid mound of pasta. Combined with the rice ‘n’ peas it’s a carb overload, but that’s what takeaway food is about – stuffing your face for less than a tenner each.

My only complaint would lie with the dumpling and the way the food is packaged. The dumpling looked like it had been sat there all day and sure enough, it tasted like that too – dry and far too dense. They need to work on that recipe.

I also found the containers too small, resulting in the food having to be crammed into several. When I got home and tipped it out onto a plate it was actually a big portion. It would be much better to serve it into bigger containers so you can have your meal in one. That said, I’m keeping the coleslaw pot. It was of Tupperware standard.

From the container to the plateFrom the container to the plate

We went to Caribbean Flavas for our tea, but it seems as though it would also be a great place to nip to for lunch if you work at this end of town and fancy something a bit different. They do snack boxes between 12-2pm consisting of one piece of jerk, BBQ or fried chicken with chips or rice for a mere £2. Or for something a bit more daring, try the amusingly titled Rasta Pasta (£3) which is veggie pasta with callaloo (a leafy green), plantain (a type of fried banana), peppers and ackee (the national fruit of Jamaica).

They also do jerk chicken pasta (£3.50). And if you really want to get into the full Caribbean experience you can wash it down with a Guinness Punch (£2.20). I would rather not, but that’s just personal preference. A concoction of Guinness, condensed milk and nourishment drink - if I drank that I probably wouldn’t need to eat for a week.

It’s also worth knowing they offer free delivery within a three mile radius after 6pm. So next time you’re thinking of ordering in the same old Chinese or maybe a Domino’s, I suggest you take a chance on a different flava.  

Follow Lynda on Twitter @lyndamoyo


Caribbean Flavas

187 Chapel Street

M3 5EQ

Tel: 0161 833 9155

www.caribbeanflavas.co.uk

Rating: 15/20

Food: 8/10
Service: 4/5
Ambience: 3/5

 

Venues are rated against the best examples of their kind: fine dining against the best fine dining, cafes against the best cafes. Following on from this the scores represent: 1-5 saw your leg off and eat it, 6-9 get a DVD, 10-11 if you must, 12-13 if you’re passing,14-15 worth a trip,16-17 very good, 17-18 exceptional, 19 pure quality, 20 perfect. More than 20: Gordo gets carried away.

 

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14 comments so far, continue the conversation, write a comment.

Lynda Moyo shared this on Facebook on September 1st 2011.
пете драперSeptember 1st 2011.

second two paragraphs are a touch racist

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stephjenksSeptember 2nd 2011.

You have got to be kidding. I work in a multicultural environment and there is nothing remotely racist in this write up. You seriously need to find a life!

IzzySeptember 1st 2011.

Get a grip!

Ellie QuigleySeptember 2nd 2011.

100% my favourite takeaway ever

Hero
Lynda MoyoSeptember 2nd 2011.

Racist? Some of my best relations are black I'll have you know. Like my dad.

3 Responses: Reply To This...
пете драперSeptember 2nd 2011.

be wary of stereotyping; it creates a space where haters thrive.

Hero
Lynda MoyoSeptember 2nd 2011.

I didn't stereotype. I made a comparison.

пете драперSeptember 2nd 2011.

oh, but you did. big time. anyway, my attempts to educate have obviously failed. keep up the bad work.

pollolocoSeptember 2nd 2011.

yeh neet get a grip and a life!

Jason HarrisSeptember 11th 2011.

Everyone seems to be missing the point! That the FOOD is good and its worth the rating!!!!! peace out and one love!

Brian SamuelsMarch 9th 2013.

i ordered some food for the first time as i did not fancy anything at work , i'm sorry man was dissapointed i've eaten at chicken run, duggies ,M n M's,and cool runnings and they taste nice but this place the dumplings were not nice at tall very small and not taste , as for the curry chicken they focus on it being a curry and not the taste sorry will not be ordering again from here again plus i don't think the people own run the place are Jamaican more like Indian or Pakistani jumping on the band wagon that people are liking Jamaican food not kebab or pizza

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