Thursday, 9 July 2015

Jerkit, Jamaican Street Food, Crwys Road Cardiff review

*Update - this restaurant is now closed*

When you’re confronted by two huge oil drum barbecues and some serious air extraction kit when you visit a Jamaican takeaway, you know you’re probably in safe hands. 

Jerkit is a three week old Jamaican Street Food gaff located at the bottom of Crwys Road. They’re primarily a takeaway who offer home delivery but there’s also a couple of stools located in the window for eating in.

Jerk chicken, brown stew, curry goat, rice & peas, salt fish fritters, dumplings, rum fruit cake are just some of the Caribbean classics which appear on Jerkit’s extensive menu.

More unique options include Jerk lobster (£6.50), whole Jerk leg of lamb (£10) and slow jerked hog roast (Price on application). 

Whilst we waited for our order to be prepared, a can of Ting quenched my thirst (85p).

A Jerk chicken meal (£4.50) stole the show. A whopping cardboard box was laden with juicy, smokey, fragrant, spicy, charred chicken accompanied by bean flecked rice with just the right amount of bite. 

An accompanying pot of homemade coleslaw was lightly dressed with mayo. 

A special of a whole rack of jerk ribs (£10.50) was served with sweet potato fries and a soft drink. The ribs would have fed four people comfortably; I’m not kidding. 

Well licked with smoke but a little bit less spicy and tender than the chicken, this was another lovely dish. 

Sweet potato fries were well-seasoned with oregano but would have benefited from a good crisping. 

Stuffed, Mrs G and I rolled out into the street laden with a doggy bag of ribs. 

Jerkit is an excellent addition to the Crwys Road hall of fame. I can’t wait to get my chops around the rest of the great value menu.

The Details:
Address - Jerkit, 22 Crwys Road, Roath, Cardiff CF24 4NL
Telephone - 029 2019 7554


  1. We wanted to try this place on Saturday, but despite claims on their website that they're open from 12pm on a Saturday when we turned up at 4pm they were closed, sadly.

    Lucky for us Irie Shack is right around the corner, and it was pretty tasty! :)

  2. I can't wait to try this out! :)