Prior to last week, I’d probably been to Bahama Breeze maybe three times. I can honestly recall two occasions and one of those is sorta blurry. It really wasn’t on my radar.
Don’t get me wrong: I love Caribbean food. But as you can tell, my previous Bahama Breeze experiences weren’t that memorable. I didn’t know what to expect this time.
I was invited to Bahama Breeze off Pleasant Hill Road to try a few of their Reggae Fest dishes. Reggae Fest is their summer promotion that brings live bands to jam out while you eat. Also, it’s an excuse to give away a trip on a 5-night cruise, too.
Anyway, I came to eat. I was greeted by the assistant manager who hooked me up with several feature dishes: the Taste of Jamaica appetizer sampler, curry goat, and a slice of key lime pie. She also brought me their promotional drink, One Love (I know, right).
Taste of Jamaica appetizer
The Taste of Jamaica appetizer comes with pulled pork, jerk chicken, beef empanada, plantains, calliloo, and yellow rice with black beans. To be honest, this could be a meal in itself (but at 1720 calories, you might want to share). You get a lot of food. Y’all know I don’t eat chicken, so I won’t attest to the flavor of the jerk chicken, but I enjoyed everything else. My faves would be the beef empanada (GIRL), plantains, yellow rice and black beans. Ya girl likes starches.
One Love beverage
This drank will get you in trouble because it tastes like juice, however, it consists of “Malibu Banana Rum, pineapple, orange, and guava juice shaken together
and topped with an Appleton Rum floater.” As the assistant manager told me, One Love often turns into Two Love, Three Love, and so on. I get it. This has the potential to sneak up on you when you least expect it. Great drink to get refilled if you have a DD around.
This was the first time I had curry goat. I was a bit hesitant due to Google searches that eluded that goat tastes “gamey.” To me, “gamey” implies chewy, beefy, and with an odor you can’t ignore. Yea, no. This was a good twist to the standard curry dishes you’d get at your mom-and-pop Caribbean spot. The goat was somewhat lean and reminded me of pork, sorta. Pork and turkey. I don’t know, don’t ask. But I liked the flavor. I also put some of the rice and goat in the Naan bread and ate it that way. It added variety. Nice.
Key Lime Pie
Can you see how big of a slice this is? Like, this is a big ole slice of pie. And I ate almost all of it. I’m not super big on key lime pie, but this was nice and airy. Flavorful yet not tart. My mom would love it. Your mom would love it.
Overall, I can vouch for this promo. Reggae Fest has piqued my interest within Bahama Breeze and now, I might venture over here for lunch or dinner after work. Check it out before August 13, when it ends.
Disclosure: My meal was compensated in exchange for writing this blog post. All opinions and commentary are mine alone.