Our Menus are carefully selected from various parts of Jamaica each with its own unique spiced flavour to test and tickle your taste buds.
The spices we use are mostly imported from Jamaica, of which most are exclusive to Rice & Things.
Where else would you find Sour Sap Leaves or fresh Black Mint and home-made grated Chocolate, Bulgur Porridge and real Jamaican Jerk Chicken and Curry Goat?
In keeping with the changing times and market demand, we have opted towards a more intimate experience at Rice and Things. We are now offering private dining experiences with us, which replaces the standard dining experience that our customers would be used to.
To start the new year Chef spent time with some of the young people in Vinney Green which is a secure unit for children and young people.
Rice and Things treasures the growing relationship that we have with the staff and the young people.
On this visit Chef worked with a small group of young people to cook a three course meal, where they helped prepare, cook and learn new skills and knowledge in cooking Jamaican food. Chef was also able to talk on a one to one basis with each young person, motivating them towards positive future steps.
Of the visit Chef said “It was a humbling time. As much as I taught the young people, their experiences and attitudes spoke volumes to me”
Here are a few words from the young people Chef worked with:
“Chef was really nice and kind-hearted. He was a good teacher and explained everything really well and made me feel at ease which is important to me as I’m a shy person and I felt like he listened to me and took and interest in us as individuals”
“The cooking session was good. I feel like I learnt some new skills that I will put to use when I next go cooking”
“I enjoyed it. Chef was calm and seemed like he knew his stuff. I would like to do it again if I get chance”
“I thought it was interesting and I really enjoyed making and eating the food”
In November 2021, Chef worked with students at City of Bristol College as a guest chef.
Chef collaborated with the students to create and cook a menu; teaching them how to prepare and cook Jamaican cuisine. The students then served the food that evening to paying customers at the college.
Some of the students talked about their experience with Chef:
‘It was really interesting to learn about Caribbean food as I have never had it before. The use of the spices and herbs was good to see and taste. We have made braised dishes before but it was new taste and I really liked that’
‘The chef was really good he went through things in detail and was fun in the kitchen. He was very helpful and I could see his passion for his food.’
‘I have never had goat before and thought I would not like it but the curry tasted really good and the rice as well. I will definitely want to try more dishes from the Caribbean.’
What an eighteen months it has been. Our world has changed, and we have not been immune. Two major life events, the global pandemic and the world-wide momentum of “Black Lives Matter”. Being a Jamaican restaurant nestled in the heart of a myriad of communities we have held the hands of customers who have suffered deep loss at the hands of the pandemic, and those who have survived.
As you know, to keep staff and customers safe we have stripped back to takeaway only. As we move into the colder winter months we will continue this, mindful of challenges with flu and COVID19 alike. We are currently thinking about how we can offer some of the services you love, albeit a little differently. Watch this space!
Thankfully we have been able to stay open since March 2020 and have provided a wide daily standard menu. Our opening hours have changed, but we continue to offer a 7 days a week service.
We are as committed as ever to racial justice, and stand shoulder to shoulder with all community partners to deliver this. Race equality is an everyday experience – we will continue to do what we can to support structural justice.