2-4 St Marys Row, Moseley, Birmingham, West Midlands, B13 8JG
Carib Grill is Moseley's resident Caribbean restaurant — a lively place that ticks off bright and bold décor, an all-smiles welcome and a fruity cocktail menu. However, it's the food that scores top marks. As one would expect, Carib Grill's menu is crowned with jerk, a classic Caribbean style of cooking that involves a spicy marinade and a slow cooking method that leaves the meat and seafood with a distinct barbecue-like flavour.
Other Caribbean staples on the Crib Grill menu include well-seasoned curried goat, rich ox tail and butter bean stew, and the Bajan favourites of flying fish and salted cod cakes. The usual sides are rice and peas, but could also feature dumplings, fried plantain and steamed vegetables.
And although Carib Grill's menu is meat-heavy, there are some delicious veggie-friendly options too. The red bean and carrot stew is cooked to a traditional Rastafari recipe, while the wrap is a beautifully sweet mix of pumpkin squash, plantain and peppers. There also are many vegetable sides, including buttery corn on the cob and spiced potato wedges.
The dessert menu at Carib Grill lends a super sweet finish to the meal. Familiar faces such as zingy lemon cheesecake rub shoulders with an array of decadent Caribbean puddings — think syrupy banana flambeau, Tortuga rum cake and home-made banana pudding.
Diners will discover Carib Grill in Moseley, a Birmingham suburb that's just a few miles from the city centre. It's a pretty little neighbourhood centred around a Victorian-era shopping street, and still carries hints of its bohemian past.