Xquisite Caribbean restaurant – Tulse Hill SE27

Completing LardButty’s A to Z of restaurant reviews with the letter X at Xquisite, West Norwood (SE27)

The LardButty Index (A to Z) has been complete for a long time, with the exception of the letter X. A review of a restaurant beginning with X is long overdue but they’re few and far between. And so – with some enthusiastic nudging from H – we arranged an outing to Xquisite, a Caribbean restaurant just off the South Circular next to Tulse Hill train station.

I made the reservation through Open Table whose listing is appealing enough, in contrast with the Xquisite website (2015) where the food gallery is not enticing. But the website says that the restaurant is under new management and that the website will be improved soon. So we decided to visit and find out for ourselves.

 

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Hurricane cocktail – light rum, dark rum, passion juice, lime, sugar gum grenadine @ £6.50 (2-for-1 in happy hour)

 

Arriving at 7pm tonight, a Friday evening, I’m the first customer dining in although there are a few collecting take-aways. The restaurant is nicely lit with interesting art work (immediately appealing) and staff greet me promptly and are friendly and helpful. It’s happy hour until 8pm (2 for 1 on cocktails) so we start with a hurricane (light rum, dark rum, passion juice, lime, sugar gum grenadine). With island tunes playing from the DJ booth, I’m transported to being away on holiday. And that’s a nice way to end the working week.

 

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Inside Xquisite

 

We share starters:
The hot pepper sauce on the prawns is gorgeous and spicy (even if it does mean licking the prawn shells and faces before peeling!) and the dumplings are like a dense Yorkshire pudding.

 

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Spicy saucy pepper prawns – starter @ £5.00

 

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Triple mix stuffed dumplings – stuffed with ackee + saltfish, cabbage, callaloo + saltfish @ £5.50

 

For main course, we share curry goat – slow cooked, really tender if full of the bones that the meat has fallen off, in a Jamaican curry sauce (lovely flavours but overly salty) with rice and kidney beans @ £9.00, jerk pork – tender pork in a sticky sauce @ £13.00 (really good but also overly salty) and sweet potato sticks @ £3.50 (perfect).

 

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Curry goat – tender chunks of meat in a Jamaican curry sauce @ £9.00

 

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Jerk pork – seasoned, marinated and jerked pork @ £13.00

 

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Sweet potato sticks – side portion @ £3.50

 

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Sample menu – as of Nov 2015

 

On the wine list there are two prosecco options: a ‘prosecco wine’ @ £20.00 and a ‘prosecco sparkling wine’ @ £30.00. They are both sparkling proseccos, the difference being one is a screw-cap bottle, the other is corked like champagne. We went for the screw-cap. We while away a leisurely 3.5 hours here, during which time the restaurant fills up with other customers including a party who are celebrating with a special buffet.

The verdict: Formal Caribbean restaurants serving high-end quality food don’t seem to be that common in London; this is one of them. Good food, reasonably priced. The experience of feeling transported away on holiday was pretty special too. If Xquisite was in my neighbourhood, I’d go back.

 

Restaurant info:
~ Lardbutty rating: 3 / 5
~ Type: Caribbean
~ Address: 7a Station Rise, London
~ Postcode: SE27 9BW
~ Nearest station: Tulse Hill, West Dulwich, West Norwood
~ Website + menus: Xquisite website
~ Photos on flickr: images of Xquisite food
~ Location: Xquisite map

 

Xquisite Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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2 Responses

  1. Thank you for this. Just learning about this restaurant. Will have to check it out. Thank you for reviewing….the curried goat in particular looks yummy.

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