Toppa Top 10: London’s Best Caribbean Food Gems

August 15, 2017


Smokey Jerkey
158 New Cross Rd, New Cross, London SE14 5BA

Down toward the South-eastern section of London, along a road that eventually leads to France, Smokey Jerkey has been a local favourite for nearly a decade. After the shop suffered an unfortunate fire, the crew were forced to strip the operation back to its bare bones. Hence, the shop doesnโ€™t have the colourful flair that Caribbean food stops are usually known for. With this, the shop has solely focused on one element of the cuisine: Jerking.

Owner Louie, a native of Jamaicaโ€™s Portland parish, proudly (and accurately) boasts that โ€œMy birthplace is the home of Jerk.โ€ The choices here are simple but delicious: stew or jerk chicken, lamb or pork, with rice and peas or plain white rice. After visiting Smokey Jerkeyโ€™s, you quickly realise what a luxury it must be to have such a refined choice in oneโ€™s community. The jerk is easily some of the best in London.