WHAT IS JAMAICAN FOOD ANYWAY? / by Kian West

Have you noticed Newcastle has its first Jamaican Restaurant? Finally, multiculturalism has a new flavour and it is inside finnegan's Hotel at Winnie's Jamaican!

We asked Jamie, Head Chef at Winnie's Jamaican, why Jamaican Food?
"I've been to Jamaica as a young lad on holidays, the Jamaican scene in London in huge... curry goat and jerk chicken were staples in my life from the age of 7 upwards, my two best friends growing up were both Jamaican and I always went to their house after school to eat.. most of the times I had to eat two dinners as I dare not tell my mum that I'd sneaked in a curry goat before my dinner.. Winnie's is named after their mum who was a big influence on me and my food..."

It can be hard to describe Jamaican food, most people have heard of Jerk Chicken, if you have experienced Jamaican foods outside of the country, more likely it included curried goat or maybe friend dumplings. Without becoming some lame article, Wikipedia describes: "Jamaican cuisine includes a mixture of cooking techniques, flavours, spices and influences from the indigenous people on the island of Jamaica, and the Spanish, British, African, Indian and Chinese who have inhabited the island. It is also influenced by the crops introduced into the island from tropical Southeast Asia." 

 Speaking with Jamie it is clear they have focused on creating a menu that both reflects the culture and heritage of Jamaican food while giving it a modern twist. 

Newcastle's first Jamaican restaurant. Loads of Vege/Vegan options, REAL Jerk Chicken, Curry Goat and lots more.

Open at Finnegan's Hotel Tuesday - Friday lunch & dinner and Saturday dinner.