Named Jamaican Jills: Food Fusion, it aims to combine the Caribbean food which the restaurant is already known for with more traditional Welsh and British dishes, like full breakfasts and jacket potatoes.
Where is it?
Jamaican Jills: Food Fusion is at 55 Walter Road, Uplands, Swansea SA1 5QE.
What’s it like inside?
It’s not just the food which reflects the fusion of cultures.
The decor is very much floral and rustic, rather than in-your-face bright, colours.
“We wanted to combine a look that is on-trend with the Jamaican ambiance,” said owner Mark Davies.
“We have a painting of a beach on the wall, which people would associate with Jamaica. But it’s also a colonial boutique.”
For example, there’s a model of a galleon on the wall which is a tip of the hat to the Welsh pirate Sir Henry Morgan.
The music is laid-back Jamaican, and outside there’s a patio area for al fresco dining, complete with a flame-effect patio heater.
What’s on the menu?
Fusion by name, fusion by nature.
A lot of food on offer is available in “Welsh” or “Jamaican” – so you can have a lamb shank which is plain, or with jerk.
A jacket potato, for example, costs £4.95, with a choice of toppings – the British ones are cheese, beans, tune and chilli, or the Jamaican ones are reggae mince, five bean curry, jerk chicken, and curry chicken.
Their flagship Jamaican dish is the goat curry, which might sound unusual to those who haven’t eaten the animal before, but Mark says really needs to be tried.
“If you haven’t been before, we can explain some of the Jamaican food, and our staff are very knowledgeable,” he says.
“Goat is very similar to lamb, in its feel and texture. It is slow cooked, and melts in the mouth. People love it once they’ve tried it.
“We also do chicken curry and five bean curry for vegetarians, and even though we use the same mix, the colour and taste is different for each one.”
There’ll also be a daily specials board outside, so “every day is a surprise”.
What about drinks?
If you like rum, and you like cocktails, you won’t be dissapointed.
There are 40 different flavours to chose from, including a prosecco cocktail., which start from £7.95.
Mark says that the standard key drink is a Rum Punch, made from Jamaican white run, dark rum, orange, pineapple and tropical juice, grenadine and lime.
13 of the cocktails are “smoking cocktails,” which – as the name suggests – smoke. The effect is achieved through dry ice, so it’s entirely safe.