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The Jamaica Garden Terrace

Posted on Jun 12, 2017
The Jamaica Garden Terrace


This sum­mer escape to Jamaica — the home of tan­ta­lis­ing dish­es, sweet rythms and One Love — at renowned British restau­rant Bois­dale of Canary Wharf. Through­out July and August, one of the City’s most pop­u­lar out­door spaces will be trans­formed into the 130 metre Jamaica Gar­den Ter­race spon­sored by the Jamaica Tourist Board and Grace Foods launched on Mon­day 3rd July by His Excel­len­cy Seth George Ramo­can, Jamaican High Com­mis­sion­er to the Unit­ed Kingdom. 

Help­ing guests to make the most of the warm weath­er The Bois­dale Jamaica Gar­den Ter­race will be rem­i­nis­cent of rain for­est fringed shores of the famous parish of Port­land, Jamaica with lush trop­i­cal plants, cas­cad­ing palm trees, delec­table Caribbean cock­tails and bil­low­ing aro­mas of jerk spice bar­beque, miss­ing only the azure waters of the Caribbean Sea. 

Bois­dale of Canary Wharf will play host to all the sta­ples from the reg­gae isle, allow­ing vis­i­tors to lap up the Jamaican charm in this siz­zling new, not- so-con­crete, space. Vis­i­tors will get an oppor­tu­ni­ty to imbibe the Jamaican rum punch spe­cial­ly cre­at­ed for the occa­sion by Bois­dale mixol­o­gists and indulge in wide range of authen­tic and refresh­ing fruit juices pro­vid­ed by GraceKennedy Foods, with the kick cour­tesy of Apple­ton Rum. 

While Jamaica is renowned for its spicy and flavour­ful jerk recipes, its exot­ic ack­ee and salt­fish and savoury escov­eitch fish, Jamaica’s gas­tron­o­my extends well beyond these tra­di­tion­al dish­es. Today Jamaica’s culi­nary mas­ters embrace a mélange of inter­na­tion­al tech­niques and glob­al flavours to tempt the palate of the most trav­elled of gas­tronomes. The Jamaica Gar­den Ter­race will also be home to a rich, tasty selec­tion of meats from the Jamaican Jerk BBQ grill includ­ing pork, chick­en and spe­cials such as lob­ster and shrimp. 

Canary Wharf rev­ellers are warned; the sum­mer will see no short­age of enter­tain­ment in this cor­ner of Lon­don with Caribbean Isle sounds set to fill and echo beyond Cabot Square with one of Boisdale’s res­i­dent DJs tak­ing over to keep the par­ty going until late. 

On the part­ner­ship, Eliz­a­beth Fox, Region­al Direc­tor of the Jamaica Tourist Board says, We’re thrilled to have the oppor­tu­ni­ty to part­ner with Bois­dale Restau­rants to cre­ate a lit­tle bit of authen­tic Jamaica in Canary Wharf and dur­ing a time when Jamaica’s ath­letes are com­pet­ing on the world stage near­by. Togeth­er we will cre­ate an expe­ri­ence to delight and impress guests, while high­light­ing Jamaica’s rich and vibrant food and music culture”. 

Own­er of Bois­dale Restau­rants, Ranald Mac­don­ald, has tak­en inspi­ra­tion for the launch from his annu­al trips to Jamaica and love of Jamaican cul­ture, I have always felt a great affin­i­ty with Jamaica. An ear­ly infat­u­a­tion with Bob Mar­ley and reg­gae music led to a vis­it being required, which start­ed a love affair to last a life­time. I also dis­cov­ered to my great sat­is­fac­tion that Scot­land and Jamaica are joined at the hip with more Scot­tish sur­names and place names in Jamaica than any­where out­side of Scot­land. Hence the Scot­tish saltire was select­ed as the base for the Jamaican Nation flag after inde­pen­dence in 1962 and of course Jamaica is the only coun­try in the Caribbean to have its own nation­al tar­tan! The coun­try is sim­ply breath­tak­ing and the peo­ple com­plete­ly charm­ing with a won­der­ful sense of humour. Errol Fly­nn nailed it when he said No woman is more beau­ti­ful than Jamaica.” But of course looks aren’t every­thing! I also sim­ply adore Jamaican cook­ing with all those intense lay­ers of flavours you find in the jerk spices we aim to repli­cate on our Jamaican Gar­den Ter­race. I’m espe­cial­ly pleased to have Grace Foods as a part­ner as their brand is syn­ony­mous with all that’s loved about Jamaican cui­sine.. Final­ly it must be said that the range of Apple­ton Estate rums we will be serv­ing are real­ly world class and if you need refresh­ment after all this excite­ment noth­ing does a more authen­tic job than an ice-cold Red Stripe!” 

Renowned for its music, diverse cul­ture, warm weath­er and mouth-water­ing­ly deli­cious cui­sine, Jamaica has long been known for hav­ing a unique charm, which Bois­dale will recre­ate through­out the capital’s warmest season.