Rhythm Kitchen stands out on Hoe Street with its clear glass frontage and equally clean and fresh interior. The airy, whitewashed space is softened by large palm leaves stencilled on the walls, rustic style wooden tables and the large rum-filled bar at the far end, just to remind you that you could be in a Caribbean beach bar after all!
The menu offers a good mix of dishes without overwhelming diners. A delicious fruit punch to start was refreshing with just the right level of sweetness, accompanied by saltfish fritters and plantain fritters, which were neither too greasy nor over-fried. The saltfish had a good hint of spice for that Caribbean kick, and the plantain wasn’t overly sweet with a good texture. The meat in the curry goat and jerk chicken main courses was soft and tender, and the spices and flavours of both dishes were deliciously delicate. The only downside was the slightly too generous portions, which left us little room for dessert, but we did manage the refreshing mix of tropical sorbets.
Hoe Street is constantly changing, with new ventures popping up all the time; Rhythm Kitchen is among these exciting new arrivals. It offers a relaxed, modern yet authentic atmosphere, with very good food. On only its second open Friday they were turning people away; there’s clearly a demand for this kind of good Caribbean food in Walthamstow.
257 Hoe Street, Walthamstow, E17 9PT