FROM JAMBALAYA TO JERK

Taking advantage of a blissful and rare sun soaked evening on Friday, we decided to stay local, find a garden and relax into an early dinner. We popped into The Jam Tree in Clapham Old Town where we really got to feel some heat, as we enjoyed one of their last nights with the ‘Jambalaya’ New Orleans menu.

THE SUN -SOAKED GARDEN AT THE JAM TREE CLAPHAM

THE SUN – SOAKED GARDEN AT THE JAM TREE, CLAPHAM

We say: The Clapham Old Town Jam Tree offers a super version of a modern day pub. There is a garden area, great food (insanely good and generous roast), extensive wine and cocktail list – so the addition of a special menu for the Jambalaya ‘pop up’ this month was a real bonus.

The Jam Tree; they are old friends, we have all known each other for a long time, we love that. We love what they do, it’s always been tasty and comfy. This is no exception. James, the executive chef has cooked up a southern storm and neither I nor my guest had ever eaten cuisine inspired by New Orleans, so after considered perusal of the menu, we were ready to tuck in and see what the ‘deep south’ had to offer.

SOFT SHELL CRAB - SOUTHERN STYLE

SOFT SHELL CRAB – SOUTHERN STYLE

I have to say that we are pretty glad we don’t live in Louisiana or we would probably be a lot larger than we are now. This food is supremely tasty; loved the firey but fresh kick to the salsa and sauces.  Deep fried anything is not normally my bag but none of the food we ate tasted greasy, although ‘Grits’ with the Blackened Shrimp was quite heavy, good for a cold winters day, less so for a summers evening.

BLACKENED SHRIMP, FRIED GREEN TOMATO, BISCUITS & GRITS

BLACKENED SHRIMP, FRIED GREEN TOMATO, BISCUITS & GRITS

So glad we experienced the New Orleans style ‘pop up’: Love trying new things, especially to a bespoke sound track with deep energetic jazzy sounds, Southern Comfort cocktails and cracking creole cuisine!

JAMBALAYA  - CREOLE RICE DISH

JAMBALAYA – CREOLE RICE DISH

We can’t wait for The Jam Tree’s next shake up – which we just found out is Jamaican inspired!  Find out more below (we are the first to get our mitts on this press release!)

They say:

THE JAM TREE WITH WRAY & NEPHEW AND APPLETON RUM, PRESENTS:

JAMAICA – JAMAICA, A SLICE OF THE CARIBBEAN – THE SPIRIT, THE CUISINE, THE MUSIC

Tuesday August 6th – Tuesday 20th August 2013

Following the success of this Jambalaya ‘pop up’, the Jam Tree is hosting another 12-day pop up called “Jamaica, Jamaica”. Both Jam Trees (Clapham and Chelsea), will serve up Caribbean inspired food from both kitchen and barbecue, alongside a summer time Reggae soundtrack to match.

Executive chef James is Brixton born and bred and has travelled to Jamaica on several occasions. His “Jamaica, Jamaica” menu will feature popular Jamaican dishes such as: Curried Goat, Fried Dumplings, Ackee and Salt Fish (The Jamaican National Dish), Fried Plantain, Jerk Chicken, Brown Stew Chicken, Grilled Snapper Escoveitch, Stamp and Go, and Jamaican Patties. We can hardly wait!  Wash all this goodness down with a generous measure of rum.  Pop-up partners Wray & Nephew and Appleton Rum have been mindfully selected to provide an authentic taste.  Expect Caribbean tasting cocktails like The Jamaican Mule, The Mary Pickford and a number of bespoke cocktails – including the The Usain Bolt.

Not forgetting the Reggae! Jamaica, Jamaica will feature Reggae grooves from 5 decades, with playlists developed by music consultants Music Concierge.

Entertaining: So bring on the sunshine n’ spice. If you’d like to enjoy some outside space and a menu to help heat things up this summer then pop down to the Jam Tree (Clapham or Chelsea – both have great outdoor spaces). This is a great after work option or take full advantage of the gardens and chill out with some friends on the weekend.

THE LARGE GARDEN AT THE JAM TREE CHELSEA

THE LARGE GARDEN AT THE JAM TREE CHELSEA

Find details on Twitter: @_jamaicajamaica

The Jam Tree Clapham/ 13 – 19 Old Town/ London/ SW4 0JT/

The Jam Tree Chelsea/ 541 Kings Road/ London/ SW6 2EB

Thank you to Nokia Lumia for  giving us the handset that took the images of the food in this article.  It takes great, clear images of food in low lighting with the special PureView technology. We are very much enjoying practising, but can see the improvement in the image quality.

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