Thankfully, Mashup’s menu is dominated by traditional Jamaican dishes and there’s just a scattering of Cuban, Spanish and American inspired food. Also, Mashup’s owner is the former head chef of Jerkit.
A cool corona (£3.40) and a good mojito (£4) with a decent hit of lime and mint kicked us off.
Starters were very good. A crisp, flaky pastry patty (£2.50) was filled with deeply spiced minced lamb with a good biff of chilli and a drizzle of jerk sauce.
A soft and crunchy quesadilla (£6) was filled with tender chicken and oozy cheese. It was topped with a vibrant tomato salsa with a good poke of jalapeno and sliced spring onions.
Golden salt fish fritters (£3) were filled with a subtly flavoured and smooth but slightly claggy filling.
The fritters were elevated by a good dip in some smoky homemade jerk sauce and a fiery homemade hot pepper sauce. Jerk aioli was also tasty but too thick to get out of the bottle.
Onto the main event, a whole jerk chicken (£16) that was split into two and coated in a potent rub that hummed with allspice, spring onion and chilli. The meat was pleasingly tender with just the right level of char on the skin.
Rice and peas were decent – the long grain rice was flecked nicely with kidney beans but could have been a touch softer.
Finally, fried plantain (£2.50) were soft and sweet but lacked crunch.
I really enjoyed Mashup’s Jamaican food; I hope it sticks around longer than Jerkit did.
Disclosure - I booked my table at Mashup through Kukd.com, a table reservation and takeaway booking platform. Kukd provided my meal free of charge.
Address - Mashup, 22 Crwys Road, Cardiff CF24 4NL