A Hasty review: Taste of the Caribbean (Seattle)

Food: 4/5
Service: 2/5
Value: 3.5/5
Ambiance: 3/5

Overall: 3/5

I have had the luxury of eating in the Caribbean several times.

The last trip was a foodie dream. As Caribbean food is something I have eaten often and love, we splurged and rented a local driver and car. He drove us to obscure restaurants frequented by the locals for oxtail, patties, wings, curry and the list goes on …

Food:
The food at Taste of the Caribbean was not spectacular but definitely had the homemade authentic flavors I was expecting. Unfortunately the heat was a complete disappointment — the spice heat was spot on. The temperature heat was non-existent. Our appetizers (wings/patties) arrived cold — not cool, but cold. When it was mentioned to our server, he brought it to the kitchen to microwave it. He admitted it. Disappointing. This was an insult to injury as the wings took 35 minutes and the patties took over 1 hour. At the time of ordering, there was only one other table of 2.

Service:
As mentioned above, the timing of the food was beyond acceptable. Being 1 of 2 tables, it took 2 hours to get our food. When we did finally get our bill, we noticed that it was incorrect. Our server apologized and said he couldn’t correct it so we would have to wait for the supervisor.

Value:
Not much to disclose here. The prices were fair. The portions were plentiful.

Ambiance:
Interesting dark cool use of space. Great for a reggae dance hall, but definitely not suited for actual dining. Fun place for drinks and appetizers, but not so appropriate for several courses.

Overall:
I plan to go again with friends to have drinks, snacks and get my dance on during a reggae night, but I’ll skip repeating dinner here.