The Real Jerk Prohibition …

696 Queen St E
Toronto, ON M4M
(416) 406-2669

709 Queen St. E.
Toronto, ON
M4M 1H1

Stopped into Prohibition/Booze Emporium last night for a quick drink after having “dinner” at the Real Jerk on Queen St.

One rant : If I have to recommend Jamaican food in Toronto, I would take a rocket launcher and aim it dead square at The Real Jerk, blow it up and then shit on the burning embers of that place. After ordering the 1/2 Jerk Chicken with salad and cole slaw, while D ordered the Curry Chicken and Jerk Chicken combo (I told her not to order it, Jerk and Curry Chicken is like oil and water, positive and negative – since Jamaicans by definition cannot make Curry Chicken – the same way Trinis by definition cannot make good Jerk). This place has been around for ages, simply because people here don’t know what good Jamaican food is … period! The food was highly average, service was average. Not a problem – I don’t ever expect service from a West Indian place … I do expect lots of tasty food at a decent price

Paying $36.00 for this, was a complete rip-off and I’ll never go there again.

As for Prohibition : The room is nicely put together with some cool touches (we loved the idea of the light-switches in the booths that were wired for service requests – like in planes – although we didn’t need to use it as the service was very friendly and well-timed).

As for the food, I thought it was pricy but completely worth it. I did question the term “GastroPub” that I saw, since the menu was fancy pub food. I had the fish and chips (Monkfish wrapped in Bacon, then battered in Tempura and then fried), which was a bit too heavily battered for my personal taste, but otherwise I thought it was decently executed. D had the 1/2 plate of nachos which came with sides of crushed chilies, fresh guacamole and dill and bacon infused sour cream – she loved it. The nachos were coated with Guyere goodness. She seemed to love it!  With a couple pints of Sapporo and Keith draught , the bill, with tax and tip, for the two entrees, four draught beer (3 Keiths and 1 Sapporo) was $60.00.  Definite Thumbs up and the addition of live Jazz was quite the treat. In fact, the music made the meal.

About Rishiray

Rishi Sankar is a Cloud HRMS Project Manager/ Solution Architect. Over the past 15+ years, he has managed to combine his overwhelming wanderlust with a desire to stay employed, resulting in continuing stints with 3 major consulting firms (IBM, Deloitte, Accenture). He documents his adventures around the world on "Ah Trini Travelogue" with pictures and stories from the road/tuk-tuk/camel/rickshaw. You can follow him on Twitter at @rishiray and on Facebook at "Ah Trini Travelogue . He doesn't like Chicken Curry but loves Curry Chicken and is always trying to find the perfect Trinidadian roti on the road. He also doesn't like cheese and kittens ... and definitely not together. E-mail from his blog is appreciated like a 35 yr old Balvenie at rishi@rishiray.com

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