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Mother’s Day is coming up…

Mother’s Day is coming up, which got me thinking about my mum. As someone who owes so much to his mum, I love the excuse to treat her to something nice. And in our house, what that really means is good food. My mum is the one that taught me how to cook, and now it’s something we can do together.

My mum moved from rural Jamaica to England in the early 1960’s. She settled in East London, worked night shifts as a catering assistant at the Ford Motor Company in Dagenham and raised seven kids – that’s a hero if ever there was one. She had some early struggles raising a big family as a single mum, but she never let hard times get in the way of her devilish sense of humour.

I learned to love cooking by watching my mother cook at home. As a little boy, I asked many questions about the dishes she made and what she ate back in Jamaica. I now own my own restaurants, but her homecooked meals are still my favourite things to eat.

My mum isn’t just a mother of seven anymore – she now has 12 grandkids and 17 great grandkids too. Although a lot has changed since I was sitting in her kitchen watching her cook, she has stayed the same strong, independent woman that she’s always been.

This Mother’s Day – whatever you do – treat your mum to something nice. You can never go wrong with a good meal, and if you book for our place, her meal is on the house.

One love,

Delroy

Event Hire – Your Very Own Rhythm Kitchen

Looking for a place to get the whole crew together and celebrate a big day? Maybe it’s a birthday, maybe a graduation, maybe just a really excellent Tuesday – whatever the case we’ve got the place for you and if you bring the people, we can bring the Jerk, the curry goat, the fish fry and all other kinds of delicious authentic Caribbean food. Also, in case this sways you, the Jerkfather has put together a selection of more than 60 of his favourite rums and he always enjoys it when people come exploring…

If you want to know more about how we can make your next party, work away-day or excellent Tuesday even more excellent, get in touch by calling 020 8520 6112 or emailing on e17@rhythmkitchen.co

Speak soon, Del & the team

We’re Hiring! Rhythm Kitchen E17 Needs Part-Time Waiters & Waitresses!

Part Time Waiting Staff

If building exceptional customer relations comes naturally to you. Come and check out Rhythm Kitchen E17.

So, what will you be doing?

Greet customers warmly and direct them to their tables

Giving customers your undivided attention

Take food and beverage orders and enter them into our system in a timely fashion

Memorise our food and beverage menus and make recommendations to our customers

Provide attentive service to customers by refilling drinks as needed and checking in during meals

Present menu and provide detailed information when asked (e.g. about portions, ingredients or potential food allergies)

Promptly address customer service issues and refer customers to management when necessary

Check customers’ IDs to ensure they meet minimum age requirements for consumption of alcoholic beverages

Follow all relevant food safety regulations

 

What do we offer?

Competitive salary

Family discounts

Minimum Requirements

1+ years’ wait staff restaurant experience

Able to keep up in a fast-paced work environment

Excellent written and verbal skills

Willing to work a flexible schedule, including nights and weekends

Allowed to work in the UK

 

To apply, get in touch with Delroy Dixon with a copy of your latest CV and a few words about why you’re suited to the job – info@rhythmkitchen.co

Rhythm Kitchen is coming to Walthamstow!

That’s right, the Jerkfather is coming home, bringing a new rhythm and brand new kitchen this May!

We’re honoured to be taking over from Martin Rigg, one local legend taking over from another, to carry the Jerk torch for a new generation at 257 Hoe Street! Where The Jerk Hut used to serve up charcoal-grilled goodness will soon Rhythm Kitchen Walthamstow and you can take away or stick around to enjoy it with us.

If you like what we do in Stratford, you’ll love what we’ve got planned for Walthamstow: the same home-made Jerk goodness but with new special dishes, an epic charcoal grill to give that authentic flavour, all served up in a warm and inviting space which we can’t wait to call home.

Alongside the food, our new place gives us the chance to put together a proper bar, serving up a selection of beers, wines and of course hand-picked selection the Jerkfather’s favourite rums from around the Caribbean and beyond. 63 of them at current count, though we reckon he’ll have a few more by the time we open the doors…

We’ll have more news for you soon so keep your eyes peeled and roll on May!

Reviewing the Kitchen

We work hard to make tasty food to our own special recipes – our Jerk is the way we do, not anyone else’s and we’re a small family-run place in a big shopping centre, up against all those chains and groups So when people them leave reviews for us, we take them serious. Some of them good, some of them great! We goin’ leave the false modesty aside for one minute and share a few of our favourites from the last few months.

First up, Desmond John Hamilton said:

This gem of a restaurant has nothing but beautiful authentic Caribbean cuisine. As a person of Caribbean origin I can’t praise the chefs in this establishment enough. Caribbean food is meant to be tasty spicy, & not the type of food where you need the fire engine nearby to hose you down, that’s exactly what the chefs in this magical Caribbean establishment achieves! Their lamb roti is succulent & beautifully made. The mark of good Caribbean restaurants can be seen when the chef has taken the time to blot away the excess oil of their fried plantains, very nicely done & never too oily. Damn it the Guinness punch is nearly as nice as mines!!!
If you have never ate Caribbean cuisine & your shopping in Westfield Stratford, then you should treat yourself because I’m sure you deserve the best food after your shopping!

Desmond, you’re welcome any time! Not everyone write as much as that, most people just leave a few words, but here are some others we can’t help but share:

“This is a great place to grab a bite when you are shopping. The food is delicious and reasonably priced, great vegan options, that are filling and a nice relaxed atmosphere to eat your food in! The staff are really nice too.”

“The food and flavors are amazing! I’m always satisfied when I eat here. They never disappoint! The jerk ribs are something I would suggest. The plantains are really good, too!”

“Authentic and great tasting food, and value for money. We are very selective about where we eat, and Rhythm Kitchen exceeds expectations in taste & fast service. It’s a welcoming oasis in a busy centre.”

“Great real Jamaican food ! As a Jamaican myself I was very impressed with the food and the quick service. Big up Rhythm Kitchen!”

“Pleasant experience! Very nice authentic food. Cora the server was especially helpful, patient and professional I will recommend this restaurant and make it my regular haunt. Prices reasonable portions good.”

Big smiles, we can’t help it! If you join us and want to share your experience, hit us up on Tripadvisor or Google, we always love to hear from you!

Always ‘Appy To See You!

Wah gwaan! Heard about our new Rhythm Kitchen loyalty app, right? The one which gives you points every time you use it  – points which add up to free drinks, food and more?

No? Lucky you! That means you can sign up and get £5 on us to start you off! If you’re up for it you can download for iPhone right here and Android right here – then we get to giving you things!

Black History Month

2017 is the 30th year of Black History Month in the UK and that’s something which can be both celebrated – 30 years of highlighting the contributions made by so many great black men and women – and questioned: if there is to be true equality, why would we separate black history from the rest of world history?

This is the sort of question it’s important to keep hold of but we’re holding firm to celebrating the achievements of people who have been in many cases overshadowed or half-forgotten despite taking humanity forward in so many ways. It also gives us a chance to explore the way the African diaspora has shaped the world, to take a closer look at the way black people have created diverse cultures and influenced so many others. If all this feels a bit heavy, it doesn’t have to – heritage and culture are just other words for living a life informed by the broader community and it can be as simple as the way we mix our spices to an old family recipe or as complex and thought-provoking as the way that black music has shaped pretty much everything you hear on the radio today – and how much of that music was born out of oppression and privation.

We’re going to be spending this month with one eye on the past, shining a light on great black men and women who have gone before us, but the other on the future and how black history is world history. Be great to hear what you think, share with us here or on our social media – this is about all of us!

Guinness Punch

There’s nothing guaranteed to get a party started like a good punch – and there’s nothing better for a true taste of Jamaica than a proper Guinness Punch! There are plenty recipes out there but his is the way we do:
1 Can Draught Guinness
1 Bottle Nigerian Guinness (Stronger flavour)
2 Can Vanilla Nourishment
101 Grams Condense mill Approx 1/3 of a can
40 grams Vanilla Essence (dash )
Pinch of Nutmeg
25 grams Sugar
1 shot of White Rum (optional)

Pour all items into a jug mix well together chill and serve over ice and enjoy! Responsibly of course…

Rum Punch recipe

So the summer got off to a flying start, made us all believe that this island could give us a little taste of Island life. So it’s been a bit more, well, English lately – best way to bring back the summer is with a good rum punch!
Like a lot of good things, there’s a whole lot of different opinions on where rum punch came from – like it come from the Sanskrit word pañc – but what pretty much everyone agree on is it was sailors who made the first ones which are like the ones we make now. On the old European sailing ships, the crewmen drank a load of beer because water got stale and dangerous on long voyages and the alcohol content made sure that the beer didn’t go that way. Thing was, once you got to somewhere hot the beer would go rancid, leaving the ship without a liquid they could give the crew in bulk. They had ship’s rum of course – plus there was a whole lotta fruit on the islands – so a fruit-based drink to thin out the rum made good sense…
Today like back then, everyone got their own recipe, here’s ours:

500ml Pineapple Juice
500ml Orange juice
grated nutmeg
75 ml Wray & Nephew over proof rum (add more if you want stronger)
Dash of lime
2 table spoons sugar
47 ml Syrup Strawberry or Grenadine

Because this so easy to drink, remember to do that responsibly and if you want the real thing, you know where we are…

Para-Athletic World Championships

Less than a week after Big Mo runs his last professional race, the Olympic Stadium is lighting up again for ten days of world-class Para-Athletics from 14th-23rd July – one month ahead of the IAAF World Athletics Championships. This is the first time one city has hosted both championships side-by-side and we love that London, and Stratford, is the place to see the best in the world.

We’ll be cheering on all the competitors but have a special eye on Sophie Hahn. She took up Para Athletics after having watched the 2012 games, getting inspired like a whole load of us did that summer! She’s a sprinter and had so much natural talent and trained so well that by the time Rio came around four years later she was not just on Team GB but won a Gold and a Silver – if that’s not going some, we don’t know what is!

Jamaican Paralympic Association is gearing up for what they’re calling Operation Big Ben, fuelled by the fire and success of Alphanso Cunningham. Man has an arm like a cannon and has been winning big since the 2004 games. In 2012 he took an epic gold in discus and a bronze in javelin to make it a huge games for him and the team. So much so that, inspired by him the Para Athletic movement in Jamaica has grown in size and strength to the point that for the first time it its history, a full team is coming to town. Not bad when you think that Jamaica has about 1/20th the population of the UK! They’ll be bringing the thunder and we’ll be cheering them on all the way!