Authentic or Nah? | Usain Bolt’s Tracks and Records

A man of many talents, Usain Bolt recently opened up his third Tracks and Records restaurant in Liverpool Street. It doesn’t quite have the same appeal as Montego Bay but I hoped Bolt could bring some life to the City. 

Before the Liverpool Street branch opened, Bolt had 3 restaurants in Kingston, Montego Bay and Ocho Rios. I visited the Ocho Rios branch in 2016 and loved it. It was full of his memorabilia and the cocktails were stronggggg. I had high hopes for the first London branch. 

Now the menu on the website is a lot bigger than what they offered when I visited. This didn’t bother me as I hadn’t actually checked out the menu in advance. Better to do a little well I suppose

Coconut & cassava crusted prawns
Jerk grilled shrimp
Vegetable spring rolls
Appleton BBQ wings

I could not fault the starters! Everything was full of flavour. You could really taste the rum in the wings and it wasn’t overpowering either. My personal favourite were the coconut and cassava prawns. The combo was amazing and they used fresh juicy prawns. So far so good. 

Jerk pork with festival and plantain  
Fried bream with escovitch peppers, plantain and sweet potato fries
Jerk chicken with plantain, festival, coleslaw and jerk sauce
Curry goat with rice and peas, plantain and festival

Something about the mains just didn’t quiteeee hit the mark. The curry goat was seasoned beautifully and was full of meat and no bones (outside of my home I can’t be sucking on any bone) but the meat wasn’t tender and had a lot of fat. The jerk chicken was a lot better. The jerk sauce added a lot of flavour but the chicken could have been better seasoned.  The meal had the makings of being something amazing and I’d put these issues down to it being a new restaurant. 

One thing Track and Records didn’t lack was a well stocked bar – I don’t think I’ve ever seen so much Appleton outside of Jamaica. Cocktails were strong and being so close to Liverpool St this is definitely a pre-dinner cocktail date night venue. 

All important questions.. would I visit again?

For drinks? Definitely. For starters and small plates? Without a doubt. For dinner? yes buttttt after they’ve had time to get through new restaurant teething problems. A starer, main and cocktail came to £30pp.

A random pic of me in Jamaica for no particular reason
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