Restaurant review: Munchies, N7

Jerk Chicken with Rice - Caribbean Style

Jerk Chicken with Rice - Caribbean Style - Credit: Getty Images/iStockphoto

With probably the best name of any eaterie I’ve heard in a while, Munchies Caribbean restaurant and takeaway can be found in Holloway Road.

The prices are very reasonable and the place is open for lunch as well as evening meals, so we headed down one weekday afternoon and found the place was fairly busy.

We could smell the heady aroma of the jerk chicken all the way down the road and our mouths were watering before we even sat down.

The menu features a mixture of Island favourites, including ackee and salt fish, fried fish, curry goat and so on.

It all looked very tasty and it was tough to decide what to have – in the end we went for the jerk chicken, rice and peas and the goat, all of which were delicious; fragrantly spiced and powerful hot.

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But there’s more to Munchies than just the food – the place has a real vibe about it.Reggae music booms out the stereo and all the staff and diners seems happy and cheerful – the kind of place you want to sit around in for a while after you’ve finished eating.

They also put on plenty of things to tempt you in –lunchtime deals, discounts for Holloway’s growing student population and daily changing specials. The soups looked particularly tempting packed with vegetables and dumplings.

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