I don't have a problem with coffee, I have a problem without it. And, I follow a strict diet resembling an unsupervised child at a birthday party - but I prefer the socially-accepted term "foodie". Hold on, I'm eating!! IG @perthscrazycoffeelady
Published May 10th 2016
The ONLY restaurant in Perth serving Caribbean food
There is nothing quite like a restaurant that has flourished against all odds from an owner with a humble goal just to create something beautiful, let alone in honour of the their grandma - everybody say it with me, "Awwwww!" "Food made with love brings a smile from the first bite", says the owner, Ruddy Doutau. Once you learn the story, you'll learn just how much love has gone into the food that will have you grinning ear-to-ear!
In June 2014, the now-owner was faced with an ultimatum – either move countries to continue his career as an aircraft engineer lest losing his job, or start afresh and follow a dream of opening Perth's first and only Caribbean restaurant. Having only dabbled in food here and there previously, it was in fact his grandma who inspired him to bring his big ideas to fruition,'and it's her smiling face that now sits proudly in the logo. Beginnings don't get much more humble than the first appearance at a local Perth food market not even turning a profit. But Ruddy didn't stop there. Pushing on and taking his food all over Perth through food markets, a pop-up venue, shopping centers, catering for nightlife venues including Llama Bar, Malt Supper Club and Niche Cocktail Bar – Ka'ribbean Korner settled in at its current home at the Food Foundry in Victoria Park.
Basically the premise of the meal structure is that you 'Choose your meal, choose your sauce', and the combinations are endless. The first time I laid eyes on the menu, my inner foodie almost had an aneurysm at the variety of foods I had never tried let alone even heard of in some cases, such as jerk-boucane chicken (made with a Jamaican spice rub or marinade), octopus, accras (a Caribbean variety of fritter), coconut caramel plantain (a less-sweet variety of banana), just to name a few.
I thought why not give everything a go and opted for the aptly-named 'KC Showcase - Endless Caribbean Feast', which is very reasonably priced at $39.00 per person. The idea of the all-you-can-eat showcase was that they bring out a sizeable sample, dish and the sauces, main and the sauces, and then replenish whichever ones you like.
Trinidad Doubles, Fish Accras, Salad and the Creole, Ginger & Lemon and Peanut sauces
As far as service goes, the staff are friendly and attentive. What I most enjoyed was that they will happily chat with you regarding where the food has come from, and what inspired the dish including with influences from Guadeloupe, Jamaica, Mauritius, Trinidad & Tobago, and the list goes on. I challenge you to spot the owner, because unlike some Head Chefs with notorious reputations, his relaxed and chatty nature blends him seamlessly in with his staff. I was also informed that the menu and specials also vary on a regular basis – as if I didn't already have enough excuses to keep heading back!
Passion Fruit & Mango Sorbet, churned by hand the ol' fashion way!
But wait, there's more (can you believe it?). If the sensory overload of flavours during your dining experience wasn't enough, they also offer event catering, home-delivery via the EPIC Delivery App, a range of prepacked KC Fit-Meals for the gym junkies, they're Halal-certified and they even sell take-home bottles of their signature 'Caribbean Hot Sauce'.
I'm not sure that it was for intended for such use, but for cocktail lovers, this kicks up the volume in a Bloody Mary!
If there was a gun to my head and I was forced to find fault with this place, it would only be that it can be the current venue can be a little difficult to find the first time round as there isn't much in the way of signage, as they are currently located at the Food Foundry. Otherwise, this ticks *all* the boxes for me and has definitely earned its spot up in my favourites which, despite their plethora of other achievements, is an achievement in itself because I am not easily impressed. Though the current venue is on the smaller side, my spidey senses tell me that with this velocity of momentum, it will only be a matter of time before they set up shop permanently and move onto even bigger and better things.
Dinner – Wednesday-Sunday 6:00pm-9:00pm Lunch - Saturday and Sunday 11:00am-2:30pm