You may have heard the name Levi Roots before, he appeared on Dragon Den’s seeking money for an investment in his famous reggae reggae sauce. With the success of the sauce, his brand took it up another level by opening a restaurant in Westfield Stratford London. The name goes by Levi Roots Caribbean Smokehouse, located on the street level.
Décor at Levi Roots Caribbean smokehouse is playful and colourful, bright turquoise pops of yellow and orange wooden hut houses. It was a weekend with a game playing on in the stadium. Restaurants were packed with people drinking pints and fitting in a lunch before the game. Levi Roots Caribbean Smokehouse was quite empty, the kitchen didn’t open until 12pm.
The waiting staff was warm and welcoming, asked specifically to be sat in the warmest spot, they found a table. There is plenty of choices on the menu, classic smokehouse jerk chicken, salt fish, burgers, and bits and pieces (sides).
Ordering a quarter chicken, mac and cheese, and some Bajan fish cakes. Bajan fish cakes £6.20 arrived first, brown and burnt looking on the outside resembling rocks, you’ll find the inside has a mushy smooth salt fish, best dipped with the creamy jerk mayo it is served with.
Jerk Chicken £6.90 is covered with the BBQ jerk sauce and is bursting with flavour, the chicken has the flamed smoke taste, charred on the outside. You would want to lick the sauce off from the plate.
The mac and cheese £3.90 served here is not your typical sauce-based version, it is shaped into a square layered up like lasagne. In-between the layers are some peppers and other vegetables. The dish was barely warm.
The drinks are worth a mention, Levi’s fruit punch has the lovely exotic flavours that can transport you to thinking you’re on a hot beach with white sand.