Reggae Kitchen – Traditional Jamaican Food
New Year, new pop up.
2018 was a very good year for all the team at 2648 Cambridge. We became a hotspot for DJs and club nights. Our Open Mic Night has become more popular with the local talent, we have plenty of new cocktails and we launched our Tequila Den. Also, our good friends from Doppleganger left our kitchen and premises to open their own restaurant on Regent Street in December. We were very sad to see them go, but at the same time we were super excited to see them grow!
Knowing our kitchen was going to be empty, we started to look out for interesting food pop ups we could work with. Finally, we met Garfield, the owner of “Reggae Kitchen”, and after a couple of meetings he and a few samples of his delicious Caribbean food, he and his team took over our kitchen, just in time for our third birthday last month.
Let us tell you a bit more about how Garfield decided to start his very own food pop up.
In Jamaica, as a small boy, Garfield was always in the kitchen helping out his mum and grandmother, while they were cooking. It was at that point he realised that his passion for cooking was hereditary. He, then, worked as a waiter and chef at a Jamaican restaurant, before moving to the UK. Once in England, he decided to start his own business in 2014, a food truck serving traditional Jamaican food, using his grandmother’s recipes and knowledge in Jamaican food – traditional Jamaican recipes passed down through three generations – using only fresh and authentic ingredients.
His heritage is found throughout the menu, including dishes as Jerk Chicken, Curries and Jerk Cheeseburger (main courses) and Buffalo Wings, Ackee chips and Jerk Prawns (starters). It is available for Deliveroo too!
Garfield himself said “I am very lucky I can combine my passion for cooking and food with work. There is something to be said about feeding people, especially if you have created the food yourself from scratch. One of the greatest pleasures I have is seeing the enjoyment on faces whilst eating my food. Another is having regular customers come back, I feel I get to know them”. Within Caribbean culture, you come together, you eat and you celebrate with food. That’s something we really liked from Garfield, and his passion for food. Come down and give it a try – from bar snacks to more substantial meals we think your going to love it.