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Respond to Review of CLOSED: Spirited Palace
by Jemima

Review: On Church Rd around the intersection, there are a few pubs across/ a few shops down from it. Small glass shop front with the sign in green on the window. Lots of leaflets are pinned in the window. There is reggae playing which you might be able to listen for to lead you to it. On street level there is the counter/ kitchen? where the food is served from. Go past this and downstairs to the sitting area. It is like going to someone's house. Perhaps it is and they use it for seating during opening hours. There are tables around, sofas, bags of toys for children, bookshelf with books ranging from National Trust guide to Jehovah's Witness texts, to African American related books amongst others. Musical equipment is around so maybe they have parties down there too. Different types of artwork/ prints/ posters with some relation to African culture hang on the walls. There is one wall which is painted in a stereotypical Caribbean scape with coconut trees, beach and blue sky. Lighting is dimmed. Other diners present were families and pairs of people of African descent. The counter has the food available and you can choose what you want. I had a plate with some of everything. I have not tasted Caribbean food before so cannot compare it. I had brown rice with kidney beans, a couple of different flavoured/ marinated meat substitutes, pasta bake, cooked shredded cabbage/ carrot, lentils, salad leaves with dressing. It was filling and quite tasty home cooking. The dressing on the salad leaves was scrumdiddilyumtious and I meant to ask them what it was!! I will have to get that information because it definitely was scrumdiddilyumtious and I want to eat it again. There were, what I presume were, Caribbean style cakes too, which I omitted due to being too full. Service was friendly and attentive by one busy waitperson. Value was fair at ₤7 for a quite generous plate and loads of good Afro-Caribbean empowerment vibes. This is a strong four down to the inspiring African empowerment vibe. Power to da people! Equality on earth! Peace out!


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