Harlem: A Caribbean Find

harlemSequins were the outfit du jour this past long-weekend. Caribana time in Toronto is a celebration not only for the eyes and ears but also for the stomach, as I found out first hand!

I joined a friend who happened to be celebrating her 30th birthday at a local Caribbean restaurant, in keeping with the Caribana themed weekend. I have to admit that having a UK background, my experience in Caribbean cuisine is limited to jerk chicken.

Well no more! At Harlem I was introduced to a mouth-watering feast of…

Appetizers: Jerk Chicken Quesadilla, Corn Bread, Beet & Mango Salad, Avocado Hummus & Spice Walnut Pate, Chicken Lafayette.

Mains: Southern Fried Chicken, Blackened Catfish Etoufee, BBQ Ribs, Collard Greens, Candied Yams, Mac-n-Cheese, Scallion Rice.

Dinner is typically served until 10pm when it’s time to make way for music in the intimate, air-conditioned second floor.

I’ll definitely make the trip back to this hidden gem!


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  1. The above menu isn’t carribean food (except the addition of jerk chicken into a quesadilla). It looks more like Southern American.

    The best carribean food is around the Eglinton W area.

    There’s also a great little take out called RC Foods (formerly Skippy’s) at Kennedy & Ellesmere. It is a small Carribean grocery store, but the owner cooks and sells food at a counter in the back of the store. They serve food tasting exactly how Jamaican food should taste (homemade).

    Posted by Foodobsessed | April 22, 2010, 9:32 pm