Showcasing the vibrant flavours of the West Indies and with a hidden cellar housing over 100 varieties of rum from across the region, The Rum Kitchen in the heart of Notting Hill will be opening its doors this month.
Located on All Saint’s Road, the 60-cover Caribbean restaurant aims to become a local hang out merging music and a desire for the ‘good life’ with fresh, seasonal produce and crafted cocktails.
The Rum Kitchen will be steered by Head Chef Nickie McLeod who has worked extensively in restaurants across the UK and overseas. Nickie is famed for her ‘experimental’ cuisine which infuses fresh local ingredients with her passion for food- much to the delight of the customer’s taste buds.
With some 20 years experience covering East Asian, Caribbean, Israeli, modern Australian and British cuisine- Nickie is thrilled to bring her culinary craft to All Saint’s Road. Her most recent success was heading up the kitchen at Beach Blanket Babylon in Shoreditch where she was responsible for recreating the venues menu.
Speaking about The Rum Kitchen Nickie said:
“I’m excited to get started at the Rum Kitchen, which is in a great area rich in a tradition of West Indian cuisine.
“I want to show that Caribbean cuisine can be healthy, is robust in flavour and can be beautifully presented – it’s about bringing a touch of Caribbean sunshine to Notting Hill.”
Her menu will focus on refined Caribbean classics including starter plates such as Ackee and salt fish bruschetta with spinach and slow roasted cherry tomato and a Ceviche of scallops, tomato salsa, guacamole, cucumber, spring onion and coriander. Alongside staple Caribbean mains such as Jerk chicken and curried goat, Nickie will also be cooking Roast cod marinated in coconut milk with scotch bonnet, lemon zest, garlic and thyme and a brown-stew oxtail with butter beans. All meals are complimented deliciously when consumed with liberal lashings of rum.
The cocktail menu has been developed by Bar Manager Imogen Elliott – formerly of Portobello Star – and will focus heavily on Rum with some Caribbean inspired tipples such as The Rattle Skull Punch – a secret blend of rum punch with spices and fruits, served in an enamel jug and the Rumbustion – with cooling coconut, spices and rum.
The Rum Kitchen’s interiors will feature a chilled out cafe style dining space and a cosy downstairs cellar with exposed rum barrels adorning the walls.
Graphic design heavy weights ilovedust and 44th Hill have masterminded the interior design in the restaurant.
Ilovedust specialise in creative solutions from graphic design and illustration to animation and trend prediction. The company mixes some of the best British designers along with talent from around the globe – collaborating with both in-house and with global brands, working to create fresh, innovative design, making an award-winning portfolio.
Previous work can be seen across the Meat Liquor and Ping, as well as their recent ongoing works with Karl Lagerfield and Nike.
The atmosphere will be complemented by Music Director DJ Fast from The Fun Lovin’ Criminals and Reggae collective ‘Reggae Roast’ – expect everything from Reggae to Latin and Calypso to Afro-funk.
For more information about The Rum Kitchen then visit www.therumkitchen.com.
West 7 Reclamation
West 7 Reclamation specialise in the supply of reclaimed timber and flooring for use on a variety of projects, from bars and restaurants, to TV programmes, films and private residences. The company has been in operation for more than 20 years and within this time has provided services for many prestigious projects including TV series Whitechapel and the Daniel Craig-starring James Bond movie, Casino Royale.
Working on The Rum Kitchen, West 7 Reclamation supplied the site with reclaimed materials, which were used for wall cladding.
West 7 Reclamation Managing Director, Con McAuliffe, said:
“At West 7 Reclamation we supply reclaimed timber and flooring to a wide range of clients, from bars to photo shoots and everything in between. Working on The Rum Kitchen was very important to us; it is a great site and we value being a part of a project such as this.
“We pride ourselves on our good quality service and we always strive to exceed our clients’ expectations.”