Though the Caribbean isles are well known to outsiders, Caribbean cuisine remains a hidden gem due to tourists frequently subsisting solely off a paste made from sand, ocean water, and pureed linen pants. Uncover the edible treasure of the tropics with today’s deal: for $10, you get $20 worth of Jamaican cuisine and drinks at Caribbean Twist on Gottingen Street in the North End. Amidst lurid orange walls and ample plant life, Caribbean Twist zestifies veggies and meat with island seasoning and spices. Pamper palates with a hearty plate of fried plantains ($1.55) and curry chicken ($8.49) wrapped in roti, a fine flat bread. Peruse Caribbean Twist's comprehensive online menu, rife with vegetarian dish indications, regional cuisine explanations, and cookie jar denials.
- The friendliness of the staff is wonderful. Between the cooks and the servers, everyone here makes you feel welcome and at home. Today I went with the Curry Potato Dhalpuri Roti and boy oh boy, was it a spicy and flavorful meal. – Lacey H., Yelp
The chefs at Caribbean Twist import near-meridian flavours all the way up the globe to Halifax with their spicy jerk chicken, stewed oxtail, and vegetarian curry potato roti wraps. The staff expects some confusion from those who are new to Caribbean food, but have taken measures to preemptively stave off any anxiety. They included a short FAQ section to the menu to answer such important basic questions as "What's ackee?," "Is everything hot and spicy?," and "What animal does oxtail come from?" Their insistence that every bite and sip be true to its Jamaican roots extends all the way to the dessert menu, which is drawn up by resident baker Fatima Adam. Fatima crafts all desserts in-house, including mango cheesecake, coconut cream pie, and basbousa, a sweet cornbread-like cake soaked in syrup.
This commitment to crafting exotic dishes and fresh jamaican patties has earned Caribbean Twist an army of avid fans and awards, including Best Desserts Category for Eastlink Magazine's "Nova Scotia's Best" and their jerk chicken winning the 2011 North-End Community Cook-Off. When a zoning issue threatened to permanently close the café in 2010, these loyal patrons rose up and helped save the modest eatery.