Jamroc Jamaican Jerk Chicken

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Jamroc

The SO and I have been eyeing the renovations of Jamroc‘s 2nd outlet on Brunswick Street in Fortitude Valley with some interest, so three weeks after they had thrown open the doors, we walked through to try their Jamaican jerk chicken.

I’ve heard of ‘jerk’, but never really knew what it means. According to the fount of all knowledge (*cough*Wikipedia*cough*), “jerk is a style of cooking native to Jamaica in which meat is dry-rubbed or wet marinated with a very hot spice mixture called Jamaican jerk spice. Jerk seasoning principally relies upon two items: allspice (called “pimento” in Jamaica) and Scotch bonnet peppers (similar in heat to the habanero pepper). Other ingredients include cloves, cinnamon, scallions, nutmeg, thyme, garlic, and salt.”

Jamroc meals can be tailored to your spice tolerance and their spice levels have been given sassy labels: mild is ‘Chilled Out’, medium is appropriately ‘Traditional Spice’ and for the hot stuff, it’s known as ‘Hot Affair’. If you’re a champion chilli eater and want to go all the way (ie. Burn your insides), there’s Rasta’s Revenge.

Almost all the menu items are available as a combo, which includes a regular side and a can of softdrink.

Jamroc

Jamroc

Montego Bay Burger (AUD$10.50) marries marinated chicken breast, garlic mayo, chargrilled capsicum, tomato, avocado, onion and lettuce on a sesame bun. The SO had difficulty starting on the burger as it was massive.

Jamroc

Jamroc

ManDeville Wrap (AUD$9.95)’s marinated chicken breast pieces are covered with a spicy Caribbean ketchup, melted cheese, tomato, avocado, onion and lettuce. Like the Montego Bay Burger, the chubby wrap was loaded with fresh crisp green vegetables. I ordered mine in a “Traditional Spice” and didn’t need to sip my drink to put out any mouth fires.

For my side option, I chose the rice and peas, but it’s a little misleading. The peas are really black beans, which tainted the dry rice with a muddy brown hue. While its colour might suggest dirty rice, the flavour is much plainer and would probably be a better companion to a spicier main.

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Jamroc is really small, so seats are limited. It appeared most customers ordered takeaway.

 

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