Rhythm Kitchen, Stratford, London
I’ve now moved across London to be in the east. So far, so good! It’s such a refreshing feeling and I get to experience a whole new side of the city. Dare I say, the more ‘real’ London. I made use of my newfound location jumping on the train to Westfield Stratford. And along the way I ate up a jerk chicken meal from Rhythm Kitchen. This mall is huge, the meal wasn’t, but both were still worthwhile experiences. Read on to see how I fared for my first return to a Westfield in quite a while.
Music to my ears
The commute already had me grinning. From Whitechapel it’s only a few stops to Mile End and then it’s the Stratford line. It was plenty busy on this Sunday as people start to get that pre-Christmas panic. Partially why I’ve decided to stay indoors this weekend to avoid the no doubt, manic crowds that are about to combust into frenzy.
Westfield Stratford, or any Westfield in London, feels quite different to back home. You don’t have those dingy food courts where cooked stir-fry has been sitting for hours. Instead it’s all a little more upmarket and bespoke, and the quality is a inch or so better. At Rhythm Kitchen they offer a Caribbean-styled menu, which felt like a nice change of pace to the norm. At least for my diet.
A passion, a dream
Rhythm Kitchen was started by a man named Delroy, who jumped at the chance of being part of the Westfield development when it was announced for his home turf. He took his years of chef experience to start something for himself in the premises here.
The mains are around about the £10 mark and they include two sides. These can be a choice of things like rice, fried plantain, chips, slaw and salad. I put my trust in their 1/4 jerk chicken with the fried plantain and peas and rice. By the way, plantain is kinda like bananas. I forgot that part. It’s fine, I just was probably after something less sweet.
Above average food court option
The jerk chicken is tasty and I do agree with the spices and marinade. You don’t get a lot of it though. The sides help fill me up, but I wouldn’t say it’s a substantial portion for the price. The food comes quickly enough and the homemade fruit punch was also tasty! It ends up feeling like food court-level quality, I think heading south back to Brixton might net some better results.