The Good, The Bad and The Ugly - Jerk Chicken @ Caribbean Wave
I have eaten at the Real Jerk, Mr. Jerk, Albert's Real Jamaican, the jerk place upstairs from the burrito boys in the club district, and several other smaller shops in scarborough. By far, this place makes the absolute BEST jerk chicken I've had in the GTA.
The jerk chicken dish I had was excellent. But unfortunately, the service was not so good. It wasn't that the servers were rude or stuck up - some restaurants start to get a bit snobby once the reviews are positive...the problem was the system. It was a mess! We walked in and stood at the door for a minute as no one greeted us and offered us a seat. The reason was because the bar was surrounded by a hoard of take-out people and it seemed everyone was too busy to notice the dine-in customers. The waitresses who were serving were too occupied with serving to notice the new folk. Once we sat down, we again went unnoticed. After five minutes, I called the server over and she apologized and gave us menus. These guys need to look at how the Chinese run their business and follow their restaurant business model. For those of your who have been to "Congee Wong" you all know what I am talking about in terms of 'efficiencies".
Let's admit it...as great as Caribbean food is...the Caribbean decor style is not for everyone. The restaurant interior was simply ugly. They were going for a warm, tropical feel but failed miserably - probably because the renovations were done minimally as to save on finances. Keep in mind, the place is clean - I am not making a comment on their hygiene practices. The place felt a bit "ghetto" as the design/decor was a patch work at best. Summary: If you're all about the food and don't care where you go (even Scarborough) then this is the best place in the GTA for jerk chicken. Forget the god-awful decor, forget the inefficient serving process, if it's about the jerk chicken, go here.