A Caribbean Affair, Manchester, N.H.: Why did I wait so long to eat here!?!?
Because of my total preoccupation with burgers, pizza, East Asian, Southeast Asian, Mexican, and regional Italian food, Caribbean cuisine wasn’t really on my radar until a visit to A Caribbean Affair on Monday afternoon. I can’t really address the authenticity of what we ate but I can happily report that my wife and I were served some very good, carefully crafted food by a friendly, enthusiastic and helpful staff. Our server was happy to give recommendations and hold our hand as we worked through the incredibly diverse menu options.
They’ve got a new creation on the menu that they’re calling Carribean Island Sandwiches, and we gave a couple of those a go. They’re similar to what I know as fried Jamaican beef patties, but they’re enormous and they have better than half a dozen filling options. I chose curried chicken, chickpeas and potatoes, and my wife picked jerk pork, stewed cabbage and potatoes. Because two starches just isn’t enough, we also ordered up a roti skin to accompany a stewed coconut water and spinach dish called callaloo.
Our waitress provided some salty munchies to compliment our Red Stripes while we waited for our food to show. The wait was just long enough to fill me with hope that everything was being scratch made to order. And sure enough, when our meal showed, every delicious component was obviously well fussed over. Not a misfire in the bunch. Great curry, complex sweet and savory jerk pork, and I’m not sure if this is how your supposed to eat it, but the roti skin was excellent dunked in the callaloo. I'm working this place into my regular rotation.