New Jamaican restaurant Rudies, on Stoke Newington Road, will have a “niche” menu that reflects its founders’ love for the Caribbean country. They will also offer a “talking” cocktail list based on Jamaican history – taking inspiration from the Arawaks, Spanish conquerers, English colonists, and Rastafarians.
Co-founder Peter Kirvan said: “Rudie’s is a contemporary Jamaican restaurant. We have a long bar with built-in jerk pans so you can sit at the bar and eat and watch [the chefs] prepare your food.”
While Mr Kirvan is one of many from the Caribbean diaspora in Hackney (nearly eight per cent of people in the borough are black Caribbean), he admits that co-founder Mita Miah is actually Indian.
“Miah loves Jamaica so much he’s an honorary Jamaican,” he laughed.
The restaurant has received strong reviews following a soft launch last week, with many people on Twitter speaking out about the succulent chicken and strong cocktails.
“I eat curry goat and jerk chicken regularly but our jerk is the best I’ve ever tasted. I’m very proud of what we’ve done here,” Mr Kirvan said.