Jamaican Restaurant Opens in Harajuku

A new restaurant has opened in Japan offering authentic Jamaican cuisine in the Harajuku district of the capital Tokyo. JamRock Cafe is the latest Jamaica themed restaurant to make it’s home in Japan but this is arguable to one with the best location which is easily acceptable on the JR Yamanote Line.

JamRock Cafe is owned by Yvonne Goldson a Jamaican born in the north western parish of Trelawny (same parish as Usain Bolt) who has written a Patois Handbook titled ‘Let’s Speak Jamaican!’. She moved to Japan in the late 90’s to find a publisher for her book and fell in love with the country. Since opening in January, JamRock Cafe has welcomed customers looking to escape the frantic pace of Tokyo living while enjoying freshly prepared Jamaican dishes and soothing reggae music from Bob Marley, Jimmy Cliff, Peter Tosh and many other reggae music legends.

Menu

The full menu is split into appetizers, salads, soups, entrees, side orders, appetizers and desserts. World renowned Jamaican dished like ackee and saltfish, jerk chicken, patties, sweet potato pudding, fish tea and pepperpot soup. The 2010 Staging of the One Love Jamaica Festival in Yoyogi Park will take place from Saturday May 8th to Sunday May 9th 2010 and some of these foods should be available during the festival for sampling.

In Tokyo? Why not stop by?

Living Tokyo? Passing through Harajuku? Want to sample authentic Jamaican cuisine? Why not stop by Jamrock Cafe. It is closed on Mondays but open every other day. Full menu and opening hours available on the official website. Looking forward to visiting when in Operation Visit Japan in complete and I hopefully arrive n Tokyo in July 2011.

JamRock Cafe Website

Information sources

Jamaica Observer | Timeout Tokyo | Somatic Systems | BigUp Radio

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