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OUR TOP 10 CARIBBEAN RESTAU­RANTS AROUND GREATER MANCH­ESTER

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Buz­zrocks, Hulme FEW food es­tab­lish­ments in Manch­ester have to deal with queues form­ing prior to open­ing their doors on a rainy week­day morn­ing, but af­ter more than two decades serv­ing up his charis­matic Caribbean food, Basil “Buz­zrock” An­der­son’s “Buz­zrocks” restau­rant is used to such scenes.

Snacks like the zesty jerk chicken wrap and “Hot Flashes” wings in his con­coc­tion of se­cret spices are con­ve­nient op­tions. The run­away favourite is the “Half n Half” meal, a co­pi­ous serv­ing of cur­ried goat along­side a win­ning com­bi­na­tion of both of rice & peas and chips. ● Dougy’s Caribbean Del­i­catessen, Chorl­ton and Moss Side NOW with their new Dougy’s Up­town in Chorl­ton, Dougy’s Caribbean Del­i­catessen is stamp­ing its leg­endary mark across the city.

With its own in-house bak­ery, the £1 “Cheap­est in Manch­ester” Pat­ties and corn­flake tarts have proved a hit with all.

Owner De­nis says: “Ev­ery­body does jerk chicken dif­fer­ent – that’s why we call it Dougy’s Jerk, not au­then­tic jerk. Though some peo­ple like it on the jerk pan, we bake ours and use low-fat oils.”

The abil­ity to wash this down with one of their pome­gran­ate or aloe vera slushies is a fur­ther treat. ● THE Drop’s vi­brant and bub­bly take on Caribbean food proved such a hit when it hit Chorl­ton in 2015 that it was only a mat­ter of time be­fore de­mand would have them branch out (Al­trin­cham).

From break­fast to din­ner, the restau­rant of­fers a vivid ex­pe­ri­ence.

For those look­ing for a real belly full ex­pe­ri­ence the Hench Drop Box pro­vides a per­fect ex­am­ple of the restau­rant’s mul­ti­cul­tural fu­sion of flavours. This dish in­cludes curry goat and jerk chicken with a deep pur­ple slaw, soft plan­tain and a crispy dumpling with the op­tion to sub­sti­tute good­ies. ● mouth-wa­ter­ing ox­tail and ac­kee and salt­fish dishes are a per­fect en­try for novices. ● Chicken Run, Yar­burgh Street TO the west of Manch­ester’s Alexandra Park, Chicken Run’s un­miss­able yel­low mo­tif and iconic rain­bow logo bring sun­shine to those in the know.

There is only one real con­tender for meal choice of first timers and that is their Chicken Split. Jerk, stewed but most com­monly fried chicken served up in be­tween a Fes­ti­val (sweet corn­meal dumpling) cut in half – hence the split. Af­ter this, it’s driz­zled with house mayo and wrapped up ready to chomp as quickly as it was made. ● ●●

The Drop own­ers, Jimmy and Ez

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