Jamaican Me Hun­gry

Where Berlin - - DINING -

What bet­ter an­ti­dote to the gray, grim Berlin win­ter than a trip to the sunny Caribbean – even if it’s only a culi­nary one? Since 2009, RosaCaleta has been a neigh­bor­hood fa­vorite in Kreuzberg, serv­ing up a spicy Jamaican menu to Ber­lin­ers with a crav­ing for some­thing ex­otic. That Jamaican clas­sic, jerk sea­son­ing, is a main­stay at RosaCaleta, the spicy, aro­matic blend based on all­spice berries and fiery Scotch bon­net pep­pers used to mar­i­nate ev­ery­thing from shrimp to tofu to chicken wings. The mixed jerk plat­ter is a tasty start to the meal, or that other is­land fa­vorite, beef pat­ties made with flaky pas­try. Meaty main dishes are paired with Jamaican side dish sta­ples like dumplings or rice and peas, as well as Euro­pean- in­flu­enced cre­ations like sweet potato and ginger gnoc­chi. Be­cause ev­ery Caribbean fan­tasy in­volves ly­ing on a white sand beach with an um­brella- topped drink in hand, don’t pass over the se­lec­tion of ir­re­sistible cock­tails, ei­ther. How about some Jamaican white rum topped up with tamarind juice and fresh lime, or a rum punch swirled with trop­i­cal fruit? Muskauer Str. 9. T: 030. 69537859. www. rosacaleta. com

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