Jamaican us crazy for Caribbean cuisine!

Published: Wednesday 24th February 2016 by Rich Sutherland

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Styled to look like a beach shack complete with Bob Marley memorabilia aplenty, Roots aims to take diners on a journey to the West Indies with its menu packed full of Caribbean classics.

Even on an overcast Hull day, the brightly coloured cocktails and reggae soundtrack can transport you to sun-soaked white sand beaches (as long as you keep your back to the window!).

The restaurant is owned by local restaurateur Alonzo Goulbourne, whose love for Caribbean cuisine comes from his Jamaican grandparents. From cooking the food of his forebears with his father to providing Hull diners, ready for an alternative to the usual Avenues eateries, with flavour-packed meals that pack a spicy punch, he’s certainly proved that there is an appetite for something different, with a recently opened second venue in Beverley also proving popular.

Starters range from a palatable £2.50 for a traditional Jamaican pattie to £5.95 for the succulent jerk ribs marinated in their special mix of spices.

The generous mains are sure to satisfy even those with humongous appetites and include a creamy coconut Arawak King Shrimp, a tongue-tingling chicken burger, and the messy but delicious jerk ribs. Diners can choose their own sides and additional extras, such as fried dumplings, mac ‘n’ cheese and grilled roti. There is a decent vegetarian range too, with four options on the mains menu certain to tickle the taste buds of herbivores and carnivores alike.

If you’ve never tried it before, the curried goat, marinated in Jamaican curry spices and cooked slowly, is delicious. As is the plantain – a Caribbean vegetable that looks and tastes like a savoury banana (trust us). If there’s room for more, you can treat yourself to a decadent chocolate fudge cake, cheesecake or ice cream to end the meal.

Roots is also well known for its excellent cocktail menu, in fact many visitors come here just for drinks. From a classic Pina Colada to a Cosmo worthy of Sex and the City and the intriguingly named Dark and Stormy, they are mixed, muddled and shaken to order. Prices start from £4.50.

For the brave amongst you, the deadly Zombie cocktail is worth a try. So named for its apparent effect on the drinker, it combines five rums shaken with pineapple juice, passion fruit syrup and fresh lime. Oh, and if that’s not enough, it’s served on fire!

Of course the Caribbean is also famous for its rum production, which began on the sugarcane plantations across the islands in the 17th century. Roots doesn’t miss a nod to this heritage, with over 100 different rums from across the world on offer.

Whether it’s a midweek meal, weekend cocktail or lunchtime pit stop, Roots is well worth a visit if you fancy a taste of the Caribbean right here on your doorstep.

Roots, 206 Newland Avenue, Hull, HU5 2ND

Monday to Thursday, 4pm-12pm, Friday to Sunday 12pm-12am

01482 440000

Reviewer: Rachel Zobkiw

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Published: Wednesday 24th February 2016 by Rich Sutherland

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