I am a big fan of Groupon. I have purchased many deals for meals, events and attractions. This week I had a complimentary meal from Groupon Now waiting in my inbox. I have been searching for a Jamaican restaurant and came across Jamaica Gates a few weeks ago. It just so happened Jamaica Gates was participating in the deal with Groupon Now.
I ordered the Rude boy jerk chicken, rice, cabbage and fried plantains.
I have never eaten at a Jamaican restaurant before. Friends and acquaintances have cooked dishes for me so I have had some amazing jerk chicken, stewed meats, and beef patties and rice. There was a small doubt in my mind…this might not hold up to the home cooked yumminess I experienced.
I bit into the cabbage first. I am picky about my veggies. Most people over cook cabbage. Not Jamaica Gates! The forkful of cabbage had great sweet flavors and textures. Peppers and some yellow pepper hot sauce were added later upon suggestion from my server. From then on, every bite of food was delicious. The chicken was juicy, sweet, spicy and tender. My plantains were sweet and slightly crunchy on the outside and soft and gooey on the inside.
I did not save room for dessert. I am more of a meat and potatoes kind of girl. But I am certain I am going back to try their goat- I have never tasted goat. So I will definitely try some cheese cake or rum cake next time. I am absolutely coming back.