70 Exmouth Market, Clerkenwell, EC1R 4QP
Amongst the vibrant boutiques and bars of Exmouth Market sits Cottons restaurant. Offering a pleasingly authentic Caribbean experience, Cottons serves exotic cuisine at its finest while providing one of the most fun and affable atmospheres north of the Thames. As well as the buzzing main restaurant there is also an adjacent entertainment space called Rhum Jungle, which plays host to everything from live music to fun-filled salsa classes. To get your experience off to a tasty start, why not begin with a West Indian meze for two. With such a variety of tastes and textures, there's a little something for everyone, including crispy Bajan fish fritters, jerk chicken and fried plantain. To really get in the spirit of things, wash it all down with a refreshing speciality cocktail - there's an impressive collection to choose from. With your tastebuds well and truly tantalised, move on to the exciting choice of main courses. Perhaps try the panfried whole red bream escovitch, with lightly pickled peppers and onions. For the more carnivorous diner, Cottons' signature mixed meat grill is a real treat - featuring a combination of jerk pork ribs, chicken pieces, lamb kofta and pork belly, complemented by West Indian staples of rice, peas and plantain. With exciting, flavoursome food and an exuberant ambience, Cottons is a must for those looking for an authentic taste of the Caribbean.