Monty’s Caribbean Kitchen is a story of success, and it’s down to hard work but mostly it’s the damn delicious jerk chicken.
Why it’s on my list
I have to admit, Monty’s isn’t new to me. There was a time when this little Caribbean delight parked up near Sainsbury’s on Saturday nights, offering tasty boxes of jerk chicken or pork, some rice and peas and a bit of coleslaw on the side to take home and devour. It was heaven. After a stint on Tuly Street in Barnstaple, Monty’s is back on the road serving delicious takeaways.
Location: Braunton Road, Barnstaple. Also in Braunton over the summer months.
Opening times: Weekend evenings, check their Facebook page.
My memory hasn’t failed me, Monty’s Caribbean Kitchen is as good as it has ever been. It’s friendly and welcoming, and run like a well-oiled machine. The boldest food in Barnstaple.
‘This kind of place makes my heart sing, and the fact that it began here in North Devon makes me really happy. You won’t find all the hipster trends of London taking off here, cereal cafes or avocado restaurants wouldn’t stand a chance, but Monty’s is proof that delicious food with a difference can take off here and really thrive.
Also I found out that they had a float in Barnstaple carnival one year…amazing!
What I had
We had a takeaway of jerk porks with rice and peas, and coconut and lime coleslaw. A new addition for us was pineapple salsa, mmm!
We went to Green Man Festival, which is held annually in July in Pilton. Big processions, lots of music, cider, Pimms and tombolas are everywhere, and of course lots of food. Monty’s truck was there, as well as some huge oil drums which were barbecuing the jerk chicken baps. As I’d recently had a knife and fork jobby just the other week, I thought a jerk chicken bap with coconut and lime coleslaw and a nice helping of sweet pepper sauce would be ideal.
The chicken bap was so good – words can hardly describe it, and I certainly lost the ability to string proper sentences together whilst I was enjoying it. The chicken thigh (no bones) was juicy and had a wonderful level of spice, and everything that went with it was a great complement. The bap, courtesy of East and West Bakery in Barnstaple, was soft but sturdy, coleslaw had a healthy hint of coconut and lime. And of course a good helping of sweet pepper sauce set the whole thing off.
Not the best
Now this is nostalgia talking, but when Monty’s was in Roundswell the jerk pork was a piece of pork, possibly loin, and I loved it. Now it’s pulled pork, and whilst yes it was delicious, it wasn’t quite a trip down memory lane. Maybe he’ll bring it back one day? If not, it was still tasty, but who knows I may get more adventurous and try ackee and saltfish next time!
Monty’s food truck is functional and fun, with excellent reggae beats. What more do you want from a truck?
At Green Man Festival I absolutely loved the oil drums that were cooking the chicken for the baps. Seriously cool. You can see the truck in the background.
Make sure to get some sweet pepper sauce, it’s really delicious. You can also buy jars of it now, ideal present for a very lucky loved one!