Chef Rob’s is on Roswell Road, a bit north of Clifton, a bit south of Hammond, on the left as you’re headed north. It’s in the Parkside Shopping Center, and a bit away from the road. The eatery wasn’t that hard to find, once I was in the parking lot, as their catering van was parked nearby.
Inside it’s a small but very pretty restaurant, with yellow and red melding into earth tones inside. They have a small bar and nice looking bamboo style placemats on the tables. I ordered a soda, but that’s probably a mistake, as they serve a great looking and cold bottle of water with every meal.
I ordered their 1/4 jerk chicken, as I really was looking for something with a little kick that day. It came with peas and rice and steamed vegetables. When it arrived, the meat was very dark, a product of the seasoning used. This is a wet jerk chicken, and has plenty of a dark brown sauce that comes with the meal.
The chicken is very good. The spicing, as has been noted in other reviews, is full and rich and grows on you. I like spices that develop character and build, and I like some heat. Chef Rob’s chicken filled the bill on both criteria.
Afterwards I had a slice of Jamaican fruit cake. It’s a very dark cake, certainly not like the blocks of fruit I’ve seen around Christmastime. Still, you can taste the fruit in this very dark confection and also the rum used to candy and flavor the fruit. It was a pleasure to eat.
Service is good but casually paced. If you need to eat and run, Chef Rob’s isn’t the place to be.
Verdict: Tasty Caribbean dishes and some very nice desserts. Highly Recommended.
Chef Rob’s Caribbean Cafe
5920 Roswell Rd NE
Sandy Springs, GA 30328