Doreen’s is a popular year to year cookshop in Regal Plaza near Cross Roads.  I have often passed it when I do business in that area but have never been hungry at the time. However, based on numerous recommendations from my twitter family, I decided that it definitely deserved a try.

It’s a very popular spot, which is generally a good sign. A full Jamaican lunch and breakfast menu is on display in a crowded space which can accommodate probably 20 in-restaurant diners.

I recommend take out. It’s hot in there and you aren’t going for the ambiance because there is none. I was there at prime lunch hour so there was quite a crowd. Interestingly, they were all patient and most were regulars who were familiar with the staff and the different non-menu combinations that could be ordered.

I stuck to the two basics lunch staples that I generally use to evaluate most local cookshops.

Curry Goat and Fried Chicken.

The fried chicken was really, really on point. Nicely battered, well seasoned, perfectly golden fried.

I got rice and peas and a piece of yam and a little greens. they offer other “food” selections with meals so be sure to ask them what they have for the day. The rice and peas was seasoned properly and full of coconut milk flavour. Proper, Proper Sunday rice and peas.

The goat was good. Not great, but it could hold its own. The white rice was a little wetty wetty and not shelly as how I personally like it. A decent serving size for the price is a definite win. Also the goat was spicy and hot. It tasted freshly cooked and not like it was microwaved up from the day before or from the morning. Only real problem for me was that the goat was cut up a bit too fine and plenty bone was in it. But truthfully, I’ve had worse goat and paid far more for it.

Doreen’s is definitely going to be on my list of spots to grab a road meal from now on. The parking in Regal Plaza is a little difficult at prime times, but you will find one eventually. The place itself has a real grassroots Jamaican energy. Like it’s your auntie and her daughters doing the cooking.

I like it. Check it out and let me know.

Ambience-LOL

Taste-A minus

Presentation-B

Service-B+

Price-A

Overall Experience-B+

 

 

 

One thought on “Cookshop Review-Doreen’s in Regal Plaza

  1. I agree fully with this review. Their Baked chicken and their fish is also really really good. Once I’m in the area this is where I get lunch.

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