Restaurant Review: Afriteo, Exeter

http://afriteo.com/

I visited Afriteo with my university’s Slow Food on Campus group. It is the only Afro-Caribbean restaurant in Exeter, hidden away behind the Cathedral, and it was my first time trying Afro-Caribbean food, so I was very excited about giving it a go.

Coconut rice with jerk chicken

Coconut rice with jerk chicken

The menu was interesting to begin with (if, like me, you find this kind of thing interesting), in that instead of having the meat as the main with the pasta/ rice etc as the side, here it was the other way around, the rice and the sauce were under the main dishes section, and these would come with a side dish; Beef, Goat Meat, Jerk Chicken etc.

Special Fried Rice with Beef

Special Fried Rice with Beef

I had the Special Fried rice with Beef (above) for my main and side, and spring rolls (below) for a starter. Some may say that that was a very Chinese themed meal for an Afro-Caribbean restaurant, but that is what appealed to me the most from the menu, and it wasn’t at all flavoured in a typical Chinese way.

Spring Rolls, Vegetarian

Spring Rolls, Vegetarian

The rice was fried with spices and vegetables, and the beef came with a rich tomato based sauce, which while definitely not spicy, came with quite a kick. I tried some of the coconut rice also, and that was equally as nice, though as you can see in the photo, not what you would expect coconut rice to look or taste like. Aromatic rice mixed with vegetables and a coconut and tomato (?) sauce, it was quite vegetabley but with a distinctive coconuty kick.

Festivals

Festivals

For pudding I shared a serving of Festivals, lightly spiced fried doughnuts, served with a berry sauce. The pudding menu is very limited, with just the festivals and chin-chins (lightly fried biscuits) as traditional Afro-Caribbean deserts. Both were interesting, but perhaps nothing I would desperately want to try again.

Chin Chin

Chin Chin

Overall however, I really enjoyed eating at the restaurant, and would definitely eat there again, giving some different dishes a go; some of the Afro-Caribbean specials look extremely interesting.

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