Marinades has been on the scene for quite some time in Cheltenham, and we haven’t been there for quite a few years, so we thought it was about time we booked in for one of their taster evenings.
Marinades is a family run restaurant and (not that it applies to either of us) they very much welcome special diets and really do have plenty of stuff on the menu for those on a gluten-free, vegetarian or vegan diet.
Their Caribbean taster evenings run once a month and consist of a buffet brimming with meats, curries, salads, rice and many other accompaniments which you can go up to as many times as you wish. Between us, we tallied ten! And if you’ve still got room, then you have a choice of dessert too.
I haven’t been feeling great all week, so I stuck to water for the evening, but Kingsley tried a couple of cocktails, starting with their signature rum punch which was pretty damn special. He finished with the Guinness punch, which pretty much finished him off; it’s like a desert in a glass, sipped through a straw - very rich and creamy; but one I’m going to remember and try some variations on at home.
As for our ten plates of food, what did we try? Well, between us, I don’t think we left anything out, but my favourites were the Caribbean Macaroni Cheese because you know how much I love my pasta, cheese and spice, Seasoned Pork in a Sweet Guava Sauce won both of us over, and was perfect mopped up with the most delicious Fried Dumplings. We had all the usual suspects too: Curried Goat, Jerk Chicken, Rice & Peas, Cabbage & Salt-fish and BBQ Pork Ribs; as well as some new dishes like Pumpkin, Sweet Potato and Callaloo Curry.
Kingsley almost went without dessert, but instead went for a light option of Mango Sorbet, whereas I didn’t want to let the side down, so I went all out and had Toffee Bananas and they were right up my street.
If you’re new to Caribbean food, or even if you know you already like it, the Marinades taster evenings are a great way to try new foods and firm favourites – oh and sup a few cocktails too!