JAMROCK Review: Here's what I thought of the tasty Jamaican restaurant on Call Lane

If, like me, you haven’t experienced Jamaican food before, then you need look no further than Jamrock for a dazzling first taste.

By The YEP Reviewer
Sunday, 8th May 2022, 11:45 am

When my friend and I arrive at the Call Lane restaurant, the place is booked out.

Without a reservation, we are left with the offer to sit at one of the large barrels-cum-tables by the front door, but the staff, keen to accommodate us, quickly move us onto a vacant table.

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During happy hour, you can buy two cocktails for £12 and pints of beer for £3. We gladly avail ourselves of two of the house cocktails, furnished with delicious Caribbean flavours, before moving onto crisp-tasting cold Red Stripes.

Restaurants can often be suffocated by a particular theme, but JAMROCK pitches its decor wonderfully, with little nods to Jamaica scattered throughout - though, there is rightfully nothing subtle about the wall-sized mural of Bob Marley.

The wash of pink light combines with plants and succulents surrounding a corrugated iron-roofed booth…. you could almost be dining on a white-sanded beach at sunset - almost.

Our food takes a little longer than we imagined to arrive, but it is worth the wait - served with a smile, in cool crockery and full of flavour.

JAMROCK barbecue jackfruit.

To start, my friend and I share a bowl of tangy barbecue jackfruit. Tender and stringy, it is better than a good chicken substitute - its sticky sesame-coated sweetness is mouth-wateringly delicious.

For mains, I make the easy choice of curry goat. Beautifully seasoned, the meat has a gorgeous soft bite - you can tell it has been cooked with love for some time - and tastes great with rice and peas. My friend enjoys her ackee and saltfish, which packs a punch, but we agree that the honey-ed plantain could do with a little crispness.

JAMROCK does the simple things well - a smaller, tasty and well-presented menu, exceptional staff and classy decor. I will definitely be returning.

Address: 42 Call Lane, Leeds, LS1 6DT

JAMROCK on Call Lane. The restaurant is due to change venue soon. Pic: Jonathan Gawthorpe.

Telephone: 0113 243 8243

Opening hours: Weds-Fri, 5-12; Sat, 2-2; Sun, 12-8.

Food: 8/10

Value: 8/10

Atmosphere: 8/10

Service: 10/10