this tiny urban shack is packed full of upcycled homemade furnishings, with metal paint tins refurbished as light fittings, beer kegs used as stools and a bar fashioned from half a surfboard, for an authentic caribbean beachside vibe which is further enhanced by the pumping reggae beats and scent of barbecuing meat that fill the joint.
the menu boasts “everyday caribbean favourites” with plenty of jerk marinade, vegetable skewers and burgers dripping in their juices, alongside the bar’s signature rum punch which is pumped through the large stack of speakers on the rear wall, infusing it with reggae beats and good vibrations.
we were brought what felt like a never-ending stream of dishes that filled our tiny table and we tasted them all with relish, washed down with copious amounts of the aforementioned fruity punch. the comically named “peppa pig” jerk pork belly skewers were our stand-out favourites and i’d advise ordering kj’s sweet potato chips and the “sunshine slaw” with coconut and yoghurt as the perfect accompaniments to whisk your taste buds away to more exotic climes.
the “dub shack” burger also got a big thumbs up from us; a classic juicy burger pimped with grilled pineapple and bacon cured with blue mountain coffee and treacle. i’d personally opt for the sweet potato fries with the burger too, but the “rude boys” (skin-on potato chips) are probably the more classic partner. and vegetarians never fear, the “veggie bangarang” (halloumi & pepper skewers) also hit the right spot and work wonderfully with the “rice & peace” rainbow peppered rice which is served up as a hefty portion to satisfy any meaty(-free) hunger cravings.
all-in-all it’s probably safe to say my sis and i have found a fabulous new pre-footy foodie heaven, as we regularly watch our beloved MUFC at a nearby pub (as a complete aside, today marks the 20 year anniversary of the day i made the fateful decision to support the team, seeing them win the 1994 fa cup with a 4-0 victory over chelsea.)
catch you all there during world cup festivities, yah? standing room only, no doubt.
dub jam, 20 bedford street, covent garden wc2