For my unexpected birthday meal, my hubby took me to Ayannas – a fine dining Caribbean restaurant in East London.
When I realised that it was Caribbean food, I was disappointed because I eat this type of food regularly. But Ayannas surprised me, starting with the decor. The restaurant had a gorgeous couch and black piano at the entrance.
For starters, I ordered the peppered prawns, which I forgot to take a picture of, and my hubby ordered the jerk chicken fillet (pictured above). My prawns were cooked to perfection – chewy and soft, but not undercooked. It was definitely peppered, so if you can’t handle spice then it’s best to avoid it.
This was my main – the jerk chicken on a bed of tomatoes, with rice and peas and fried plantain. My goodness was this good! First of all, the rice and peas was cooked with coconut milk, which is the ONLY way it should be done. Alas, I know people who cook it without. Big no no!
The jerk chicken was delicious; I can still taste it now just thinking about it. It was incredibly flavoursome and a little hot, as jerk seasoning is. The tomatoes were a tangy complement to the chicken – an excellent touch.
I have to praise the plantain. Plantain is one of my favourite foods; I can eat it until I drop. And that’s exactly what I did with these. I was full but I couldn’t let them go to waste.
This is what my hubby had – the curry goat and rice and peas. Isn’t the presentation something? Who would have thought to serve curry goat in filo pastry? I love the creativity, and my hubby enjoyed it too.
Caribbean food is one of those cuisines that you think is only best enjoyed when homecooked, which is why I was sceptical in the beginning. But Ayannas has proven me wrong, unlike a certain kitchen I won’t name. If you know, you know.
The staff were polite, professional and friendly. They even gave me a celebratory rum cake. It was a shame that I couldn’t eat it because of my dairy allergy, but my hubby ate it for me.
I loved my birthday meal. It’s one of the best ones I’ve had yet. If you like Caribbean food, I recommend Ayannas.
P.s This is not a sponsored post. All opinions are my own.