The Caribbean Dutchpot offers a typical array of Caribbean cuisine in a casual setting for a very reasonable price. They have jerk chicken and curry goat, roti and oxtail as well as daily $5 lunch specials that are popular with both students and other neighbourhood locals.
The inside of the colourful restaurant is small, simple and casual. You can eat here but it's probably best for take-out.
All orders are placed at the cash and most of the food is pre-cooked and laid out for customers to glance at (similar to what you would see at a food court or at Island Foods ).
I've heard a lot of buzz about the Dutchpot's jerk chicken so I order the small jerk chicken entree with plain rice and coleslaw (small is $6.50, large is $8.50). They also offer the option of swapping the coleslaw and plain rice for rice with peas.
I take my first bite into the chicken and officially join the Caribbean Dutchpot jerk chicken fan club. I often find jerk chicken to be a little bit too salty or overcooked for my taste but this chicken is tender and juicy with a slight sweetness that blends perfectly with the savoury spices.
The coleslaw also hits the mark. It's crispy and tangy without being overdressed or too sour. The rice is a bit on the lumpy side for my taste but that's just personal preference.
My dining partner orders the curry goat and potato roti served with a side of slaw ($6.99). The shell is warm and moist and the curry is piping hot, thick and spicy.
The generous portions of goat are soft and flavourful without being chewy. The only complaint is that the goat could use with a tad less salt. But this is minor stuff. Overall, we're both satisfied with our meals and with these prices, we will be returning.
The Caribbean Dutchpot is closed by 5pm on Friday and all day Saturday.