Laikipia residents and those from the surrounding areas have been treated with a new variety of foods and drinks from Jamaica Origin. On the ground floor of the majestic Bemwaki Towers in Nanyuki town, sits Jamrock Cafe – a restaurant that provides an exclusive array of Jamaican cuisines on its menu.
It is owned and operated by a “Jamaican Man” as he prefers to be called, a native Jamaican from the country’s capital Kingston, who is married to a Kenyan lady. The entrepreneur explains that he decided to set up shop in Laikipia County due to the blossoming business environment, occasioned by progressive business policies and also the diversity of people and cultures in the county.
The design of the place is inspired by renowned reggae musicians like Bob Marley and black liberators like Marcus Garvey, whose pictures, quotes, and paintings dot the interior of the cafe. The wooden seats and tables are all draped in green, red, gold, and black table clothes denoting the traditional Rasta colors.
The cafe’s menu included vegetarian dishes, chicken dishes, fish dishes, beef dishes, soups, and plain dishes, all part of the Jamaican food culture. One of the most famous dishes is the Jamaican Jerk chicken. A well-seasoned, grilled chicken with Jamaican jerk marinade, that has a perfect balance of heat and sweetness, slow-cooked to perfection. It is amazingly tender, moist, and juicy bursting with savory flavors on every bite. Very tasty.
For fish and beef lovers, you will experience an explosion of flavors with every bite from the perfectly and divinely authentic prepared dishes on the menu.
A variety of cocktail drinks also feature on the menu, with some drinks bearing quite intriguing names such as the Dirty Banana, a Caribbean classic made from bananas, coffee, cashew nuts, and rum. Names notwithstanding, the drink invigorates the body giving lots of energy, tastes absolutely delicious, and is quite refreshing.
As you take your bite and your sip, the cool reggae beats and rhymes emanating from the CD player serve to soothe and cool you down creating an ambiance that the owner describes as “good vibes only”.
Barely two months into existence, Jamrock Cafe has witnessed an increased intake of customers whose curiosity and adventure into a different cultural experience, have been satisfied by the Rastaman.
Laikipia is certainly the destination for food that epitomizes the flavors that local Jamaicans crave. Visit Jamrock Cafe and experience the irie vibes.