Jerk Chicken Spring Rolls, Please: Inside Usain Bolt’s New Restaurant

When news broke that treble Olympic gold-medalist Usain Bolt had plans to open 15 restaurants across the UK, I was thrilled. Not just because Bolt is someone who I admire greatly – he’s from the same area in Jamaica as my Dad and so is amazing by default – but also because I was excited at the prospect of the food.

I’m of Jamaican heritage, and there’s a special place in my heart for the island’s cuisine. I adore it all – from jerked chicken and curried goat to ackee and saltfish and plantain, plus everything in-between.

Of course I can cook this stuff all day long but sometimes, you want to go out and dine somewhere that’ll do that for you. Somewhere offering great service, authentic dishes with a cool, relaxed atmosphere, where you might even hear some good tunes, have a cocktail or six and shake a leg after dessert.

While there are a select few Jamaican restaurants – not nearly enough, though – in the capital that serve good food, none tick all of the above boxes.

So, I headed to the launch of the athlete’s first UK outlet – Usain Bolt’s Tracks & Records near Liverpool Street station, east London – curious, hungry and looking forward to a taste of the menu.

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