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May 5, 2014 11:42 AM

Finally - actually spicy jerk chicken at Negrille, Asbury Park

I've waxed poetic about my love for jerk chicken on this board on multiple occasions. My great frustration with Asbury Park was that no one was serving up jerk chicken that I really cared for despite all the Jamaican places here.

Well FINALLY - we have a place that's bringing the heat. Negrille is on Memorial - where the old Castaways was, and it's one of the hottest jerk chickens I've ever had. You can see huge chunks of scotch bonnets all over it.

It's still not as good as the stuff in Jamaica or Brooklyn, but finally I've found a jerk chicken in our area that I'd return for. I know there're some serious spice lovers here so I thought I'd provide this 'hound PSA. :)

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      1. Thanks for the heads up. Is the old Castaways in that small group of stores closer to the train station on the northbound side of Memorial? As opposed to that Caribbean joint, who's name I can't remember, which is further north on the southbound side? Did you try anything else? We're always on the lookout for good goat curry and oxtails.


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        1. re: missybean

          Hey missybean,

          There are two Jamarican places on Memorial, The Islander is on the southbound side right behind (west) the train station, Negrille is by Super Xtra in the little strip in the north end of Asbury.

          I also tried beef stew (meh) and chicken curry (fine). Between these two places and Mark's place I'd say they're roughly equal and it's going to come down to personal preference.

          IMO the best oxtail in the area is served up at Jameson's in neptune...not Jamaican style but delicious and cooked perfectly. Royal Chicken & Kebab is also serving up some fine oxtail and lamb curry too. If you told me it was goat I wouldn't be able to tell the difference.

          I'll do a head-to-head curry goat taste test and report back.

          1. re: joonjoon

            Joon, does this place have seating or is it mainly takeout?

            1. re: corvette johnny

              Negrille has plenty of seating. Islander has no seating but there's a "bar" where you can eat. Mark's Place has like 2 tables I think.

              1. re: joonjoon

                Nice, I think I will have to give Negrille a try. Any other recommendations besides the jerk chicken?

            2. re: joonjoon

              Thanks for the clarification. Will have to check it out.

              Of late, we've been doing goat mole either out or, more often at home. When I do make them, I make my oxtails Jamaican style.

              Can't wait to hear your report.


          2. It took a while but we finally made it to Negrille. The space itself is much more inviting than the old Castaway, as is the staff. The food is much better as well. IIt was hard to decide on what to order but we settled on the jerk chicken and goat curry. Both were excellent. I didn't see any actual scotch bonnets in the jerk chicken but there was a good amount of heat. Not hot for the sake of being hot, but with a rich depth of flavor. Cinnamon maybe? The goat curry was very good. It had a great goat flavor which, to me, is high praise. To many times there is no goatiness.

            Joon - did you ever do your curry taste test?