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Big Nanny's Restaurant

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by Tammy Facey (subscribe)
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Published April 11th 2014
Pitney fill ya belly
No one does as good as my Nan, no one, but Big Nanny's Caribbean restaurant in the Jewellery Quarter is a decent effort.

It's a small red-brick Caribbean restaurant and is as cosy and authentic as the name suggests.

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The menu is full of traditional Jamaican dishes and ingredients, plus fusion meals such as the Caribbean fish and chips. If I'm honest the 'fusion' meals offended me, and no serious restaurant bothers with dishes which mix traditional foods to make them more palatable because their native dishes are good on their own. But I guess they were trying to be different.

Either way, I steered clear of the weirdly-mixed dishes, and opted for the familiar favourites.

I grew up on Caribbean food, so I know the good from the bad.

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Fried hake - Caribbean speciality

My friends and I tried the patties followed by red stew peas with dumplings, and some fried fish. The flavours were perfect and kept to traditional Caribbean seasoning.

My friend opted for Jamaica's native beer: red stripe, which she loves. I, however, am teetotal, but she said it made the experience that bit better.

Whatever you go for, get a side of the coco bread. Coco bread was never a staple in my Nan and Grandad's home, but it's thick, tasty and filling, and it beefs up any dish.

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The best Jamaican beer

As well as brilliant food, the atmosphere is great and the waiters must be the friendliest in town. It seats about 40, so it's best to book.
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Why? For the best Caribbean food
When: Tuesday – Sunday 6.30pm - 11.30pm
Phone: 0121 236 6831
Where: Jewellery Quarter
Cost: Prices start from £6.00 per meal
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Sounds like a good name for a Jamaican restaurant.
by Bastion Harrison (score: 4|12626) 3043 days ago
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