Jaclyn's Caribbean Fusion restaurant in Toronto serves up all of your Trinidadian and Jamaican favourites including jerk chicken, curry goat, roti and beef patties.
You'll probably be able to guess as soon as you enter that it's a family-run spot by the wall mural of the owner and her family, which was painted by Toronto artist John Nobrega. You'll also most likely be greeted by Jaclyn herself.
Most everything on the menu is made by Jaclyn and her two right-hand chefs with just two exceptions.
The patties ($2) are from Siford, an old-school patty man whose company Patti Mahn is well-known within the Caribbean restaurant community. The Roti skins are supplied by Mona's Roti.
The Roti is stuffed full with a curry stew of potatoes, chickpeas and your meat of choice and folded tightly in the fresh Dhalpuri shell that's stuffed with crumbly split peas.
There's a Boneless Chicken Curry option ($11.50) as well as a Goat Roti ($14) which is nicely seasoned with Scotch Bonnet for some heat and Pimento for flavour.
All of their meat is cleaned, seasoned and cooked with fresh ground spices and marinated overnight to give it a bit of added flavour.
This goes for the Oxtail (regular: $15.50, large: $17.50) which is said to be one of the biggest sellers, and we can see why. Best served with a side of rice and peas and coleslaw, the tender meat easily falls off the bone.
The Boneless Jerk Chicken (regular: $11, large: $13), served with your choice of white rice, rice and peas, coleslaw, vegetables, salad or quinoa, is a staple in any Caribbean restaurant, and Jaclyn's saucy take on the dish is no exception.
You can also get Fried Chicken as your main protein with your choice of side (regular: $10, large: $12). It's served with the house BBQ gravy for dipping.
If you're in search of a bit of a lighter option, there's also a Shrimp dish (regular: $12.50, large: $14.50) which is fried then sauteed. Though all the fish is made fresh to order, special requests can be made on how you'd like it prepared.
As far as refreshments go, there are a number of traditional drink options like Ting ($2.50) and Peanut Punch ($2.50), a popular beverage in many Caribbean islands (especially Jamaica and Trinidad) that tastes like a peanut butter milkshake.
Using her years of experience in the industry and a lot of hard work, Jaclyn has transformed the spot in Leslieville that used to be NLounge Nail Salon into a neighbourhood staple for Caribbean takeout.