You might remember this place from Mansfield Road. Now in newly-renovated premises on Lower Parliament Street, Chez Coors has the same great yellow decor, friendly staff, and sense of warmth when you walk in. But these days, it prides itself on being the city’s only all-you-can-eat Jamaican restaurant.
We started with the soup of the day: oxtail. Tender meat fell off the bone in a broth filled with dumplings, yams, carrots, spices and lots of thyme. With a side helping of fried festival dumplings, it’s a real winter warmer.
For our mains: the wonderfully marinated jerk chicken made with Chez’s own seasoning, ackee and saltfish cooked down in peppers and onions, and curry mutton laced with all the essential marinades that give it a great deep yellow hue. Finally, we had the Escovitch fish with pickled vegetables: tangy, yet filled with natural sweetness in each bite.
With everything, we had the classic coconut-laced rice and peas, endless salad, and Chez’s famous homemade coleslaw. Also the steamed vegetables – callaloo and cabbage cooked with onions and peppers – are a must-have.
The lunch buffet is £12 per person, and each serving is around the £5 mark for takeaways. They’ve got a new licensed bar; think Red Stripe lager on tap, or a hefty shot of Wray & Nephews to wash that ackee down. Then there’s a range of Jamaican soft drinks and homemade punches to choose from.
This Christmas, if you get fed up of all the turkey and Yorkshire puds, get yersen dahn to Chez Coors. It’s not gonna murder your pockets, but your belly will be full and there’s loads to choose from. You’ll be in for a bless-up evening!
54 - 60 Lower Parliament Street, NG1 3BA. 0115 941 5556