There are times when you have to take a dive into the deep end of foreign cuisine and give something new a try. One adventurous eve we decided to try Jamaican food as we were craving something different. Our choice for the night? Hibiscus Caribbean Bar & Grill. Hibiscus is located in the Brookside district and is known as one of the only joints in Tulsa to offer up authentic Jamaican food.
After being seated at a cozy table, our friendly waitress explained the culture of Jamaican food and the significance of the hibiscus plant in their culture. She then offered up a sample of hibiscus juice which was a nice invitation to the restaurant’s menu. Upon looking through the menu, Christine and I noticed how important jerk seasoning is to Caribbean cuisine. As explained in the menu, “What makes Jamaican food so spicy is the Scotch Bonnet pepper, which is a cousin of the Habenero.”
Christine and I decided to take the bull by the horns and try some straight forward jerk dishes. I decided to try a dish playfully called “That Jerks a Pig” ($13.99). The plate was comprised of tender boneless pork chops seasoned with onion and pepper sauce and chargrilled to perfection. I chose the sides of fried plantains and festival bread. My food was excellent with intense flavors I had never tasted before. I requested many refills of iced tea as I battled with the spicyness of the jerk seasoning. The fried plantains calmed down my taste buds and the oddly shaped sweet bread were delicious as well.
Christine recently had a great experience with catfish, so she decided to try the Jerk Fried Catfish ($13.99) dish. The deep fried catfish came equipped with an escoviche vinaigrette and delivered a combination of salty and hot for an all around satisfying meal. Christine enjoyed the jerk seasoning as much as I did and her side salad and fried plantains hit the spot.
The service was a little slow and the prices were a little high, but all-in-all, we were satisfied with this unique dining experience. Christine and I often discuss what type of food we feel like and the typical choices are Mexican, Italian, or American. After our trip to Hibiscus we might add Jamaican to the list of regulars as well.
Hibiscus Caribbean Bar & Grill is located at 3316 S. Peoria Avenue