Fighting it out with Indian curry for the title of Britain’s favourite imported cuisine, Jamaican food pops up on almost every high street in the capital. Deptford is no exception but Buster Mantis is a little bit special.
We went on a blustery Thursday evening a found BM a cosy escape from the cold. It wasn’t packed but the atmosphere relaxed and welcoming. With founder, Gordon McGowan, understanding the challenge of finding affordable places to showcase your art in London, Buster Mantis offers a free space in one of its arches for people to perform or put on exhibitions.
On this night live music was on offer – inviting and ambient but without any feeling of obligation to y’know, get up and dance along, and just as easy to enjoy a meal and conversation alongside. We went for the jackfruit burger which was pretty great, sitting among tempting offerings of festival bread, akee and saltfish. Strong Jamaican rum punch leads the way on a varied list of delicious cocktails as well as beer and wine.