You’ll be dreaming of island escapes in no time.
Despite been six months since the coronavirus pandemic began, it hasn’t stopped some of this country’s passionate individuals from achieving their dreams, including Damian Rosevelt who has just opened up a new café on Geelong revered foodie strip, Pakington Street.
Titled Taste Jamaica, the eatery launched recently after months in the works, adding a bounty of new flavours to the local foodie scene.
Offering Jamaican-style meals, alongside the sweetest of treats and Jamaica Blue Mountain Blend coffee, this contemporary café is bringing the Caribbean to you, with flavours transporting you to the lush topography of mountains, rainforests and reef-lined beaches of Jamaica.
Serving takeaway and dine-in, you can fill up on hearty meals like Jerk Chicken, Jerk Port and a goat curry, fried Plantain and soup of the day, or keep it light with a selection of scrolls and cakes. We’ve got our eyes on the traditional Jamaican rum cake, expertly created by their Jamaican pastry chef. Pair it with a cup of coffee direct from the Caribbean nation, and you’ll be dreaming of island escapes in no time.
Within the modest space, the café boasts a slick, less-is-more design. To the left of the timber counter, you’ll also find a collection of hot sauces, Caribbean tea blends, Jamaican Ackee (their national dish), and Aloe Vera drink for you to browse while waiting for your takeaway treats.
Before opening a permanent space, you may have spied the brand at events across the region and all over Australia, serving traditional chicken, jerk pork, fine beer and Caribbean food products beneath a pop-up marquee. However, due to the pandemic, this business model was unable to continue, forcing Damian to adapt and bring his dreams of a café to life.
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In a time where seeing the rest of the world is simply impossible, this new venture offers an escape to the island of Jamaica, complete with mouth-watering jerk chicken and pork – just the way it should be.
You can find Taste Jamaica at 6/112 Pakington Street, Geelong West.