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 puréed linen pants. Uncover the edible treasure of the tropics with today’s Groupon: for $10, you get $20 worth of island cuisine at Kool Katts Caribbean Restaurant in Niagara Falls, Ontario.
Distinguishing themselves through proud authenticity, Chef Carlton Francis at Kool Katts Caribbean Restaurant relocates traditional island flavors to the north with a menu loaded with jerk-seasoned, savory entrees and sea-caught eats. Diners can begin with an appetizer of fried plantain and sweet-potato chips ($3.95), then move onto the akee and saltfish plate ($12), a traditional Jamaican dish that narrates the story of love between fruit and fish by allowing diners to eat both together. Those seeking an adventurous alternative to typical cuts of beef can sample the oxtail ($13.99) or curry goat ($12.99). Meanwhile, veggie hunters can quell their chlorophyll cravings by digging into the vegetable roti ($8.25) or slurping a papaya smoothie ($7.95). Colorful murals depicting important figures in Jamaican history and culture are splashed across the eatery's walls, allowing eyes to feast as ears munch on the sounds of live reggae, jazz, and blues tunes on weekends.
Kool Katts Caribbean Restaurant
Chef Carlton Francis forges an authentic experience for Niagara Falls' locals and tourists with his unparalleled island hospitality and menu of traditional Caribbean fare. He welcomes the community to sample such Jamaican favourites as akee and saltfish, oxtail, and jerk chicken, all of which can pair with breezy beverages including cola-champagne or the signature Ginger Breeze.
The dining room's decor mirrors the island warmth and pride found in Chef Francis and his staff. The walls pop with tropical murals and depictions of great historical figures, such as Martin Luther King, Jr., Malcolm X, and Lincoln Alexander. Additionally, on weekends guests can relax while listening to live reggae, jazz, or blues songs about running out of sunscreen.