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Oct 18, 2006 07:01 PM

Treme's Jamaican in Harlem--surprisingly good steam table

Treme's Jamaican at 2086 7th Ave. (124th) in Harlem turned out to be a surprisingly good steam table joint. It's pretty small, and typical of older Central Harlem's low-key vibe. There's a menu of jerk and curry options, another menu of fish, and a rotating daily menu. This being my first time there, I was a touch unadventurous, and went for the jerk chicken, with rice and beans, cabbage, and plantains. The chicken was rich and savory, and fell off the bone nicely. The rice and beans were rich and spectacular. Good enough to just have on their own. And the cabbage was a big hit, too. I like mine a bit on the soft side, and I suppose a steam table is not too bad for that. The plaintains were nothing to rave about. I'd love to know if anyone else has been there, and what they've had.

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  1. Wasn't too enamored of the jerk in my one time there, but I agree the place is worth more delving. Next time you're there check the fridge for the potent mildly alcoholic and intensely caustic Root Man beverage if you're feeling brave. Haven't been back since I've discovered Roti Plus on Fredrick Douglass and 126, which though Trini impressed me more overall.

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    1. re: Spoony Bard

      I hear mixed reviews about Roti Plus. Chowhounds seem to like it but a friend didn't care for the goat roti.

      1. re: Uptownflavor

        I've seen that in action too, though I chalk it up to a group of mostly vege- and pesca-tarians unfamiliar with the cuisine. Goat Roti isn't a first-timer dish, too. First you've got the gaminess of the goat, then there's getting it out of the roti skin and off the bone.

        On the other hand, the curry fish roti was a big hit with one friend, while I was blown away by the stewed salt fish (Carribean bacalao?) with that Indian influence I was hoping for found in the saute baghi. There was also a complex and satisfying calaloo, if I remember correctly. And well-made phoulorie with a tart, excellent (tamarind?) dipping sauce.

      2. re: Spoony Bard

        Spoony, I'm curious as to why you qualified Roti Plus as being Trinidadian .... Maybe I misinterpreted, was it because this started with talk of Jamaican food, or because there's something in particular about Trinidadian roti that you're less a fan of.

        1. re: kimcheater

          Big fan of the Trini roti- just wanted qualify my comparing apples to pears, aka Jamaican and Trinidadian, and then phrased that qualification awkwardly.

      3. That's great to know! I wandered in there one evening and it smelled heavenly. The staff was super friendly and I promised them I would come back. I have to keep my promise upon your recommendation :-)

        1. True, the jerk could have used a little more spice, but for what it was, I was pretty happy. The rice and beans, especially. As for Roti Plus, it's biggest draw for me is that it's near my apartment. I personally like my filling to be a little greasier, and the roti "bread" itself is hit and miss--a little too thick for my tastes, and I wish they wouldn't nuke it. I keep meaning to head over to Flavored With One Love (which, I think, may be Guyanese), but they're never open when I walk by it.

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          1. re: kimcheater

            Don't forget Sisters on 124th off of Madison...they are also Guyanese and make a great calaloo in my humble opinion.

            1. re: Uptownflavor

              Thanks for the tip--I didn't know about that place, but will be sure to check it out.