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“Hidden Gem”

2 Tone Cafe & Simmer Down Restaurant
Ranked #17 of 599 Restaurants in Coventry
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$4 - US$33
Cuisines: Caribbean, Cafe
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Dining options: Breakfast, After-hours, Reservations
Description: Nestled in the secluded courtyard of 2Tone Village this newly refurbished family run cafe & restaurant provides good food, good times and great service.Home of the Jerk Sausage 2Tone Cafe offers all day breakfast, and more, including Caribbean meals. The restaurant offers an enticing menu of good 'home' style cuisine for those new to Caribbean food and the connoisseur.2Tone Village where the stars of 2Tone are often seen dining, jamming or generally hanging out. Please check our website for open times of the Cafe & Restaurant and for up to date menus and events.
Reviewed 23 December 2013

Lovely - Lovely -Lovely.
By far the best food - Took our own drink and only paid a small corkage fee.
Excellent food - very nicely presented.
Lovely friendly owners who took time to talk to everyone.
Thank-you for the tips on how to make the jerk seasoning...........Still work in progress!!
On next visit must leave room for the fab looking cakes - See you soon x

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4  Thank Lynn C
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AngelaK486, Owner at 2 Tone Cafe & Simmer Down Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 20 January 2014

Hi there

Many thanks for you 'lovely' and kind review of our restaurant. We are so glad you enjoyed the food and yes you really must leave room next time to try one of our homemade cakes.

We look forward to welcoming you back to Simmer Down soon.

Alph, Angela and Simmer Down family

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Reviewed 12 December 2013

This is the place to go for a warm welcome followed by home cooked truley tasty Caribbean food - amazing. Great to go for a meal on a Friday or Saturday night in the and kick back and enjoy great food at very reasonable prices.

The cafe is a little gem and as mentioned by previous reviewers the cake is delicious I have earned the name carrot cake lady as I have eaten so much - the best I have ever tasted...

Highly recommended day or night

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2  Thank Whiterthanwhite2013
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AngelaK486, Manager at 2 Tone Cafe & Simmer Down Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 14 December 2013

Hi there

Many thanks for your review and your recommendation it is very much appreciated

I have to say you are not the only one who seems to have taken a liking to our Carrot cake we have one customer from Newcastle who never goes back without having "the best carrot cake in the world" he says.

Hopefully see you soon :)

Angela, Alph & team

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Reviewed 9 December 2013

We went as a party of 9. Everything was ready for us on time when we arrived. We were pleasantly surprised by the low prices, eg. fruit juice for £1.50, plantain side dish for £1, even the main courses were only £6-8 including one side dish such as rice or sweet potato.

The restaurant is not licensed but their corkage charge is about £2.50 and there's a Nisa supermarket across the road if you forget and just want something quick.

The staff were very friendly, though our waitress was somewhat forgetful and we had to chase some sweets.

So what was the food like? We had sharing platters for starters: the saltfish was superb, sweetcorn fritters good, and dumplings pretty tasteless. My curried mutton was excellent, as was the jerk chicken and Callaloo. Apparently the Brown Stew Chicken wasn't so good. Sweets: pineapple & coconut pie was very good as was the ginger cake (they'll do it with rum & raisin ice cream if you wish), but the fruit plate was tinned pineapple and seeded grapes.

Three courses with a soft drink (we bought the wine from Nisa :), came to about £15 each. Not perfect service, not uniformly perfect food, but a great experience with friendly staff and some excellent food if you choose carefully.

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2  Thank Peter W
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AngelaK486, Manager at 2 Tone Cafe & Simmer Down Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 14 December 2013

Many thanks for your comprehensive review of our restaurant we are so pleased that you found it an "enjoyable experience with some good food", we are sorry that not all the food was to your parties liking.

A couple of apologies are due I think although I know my husband apologised on the night; firstly I must apologies for the the fact that you had to chase some of the desserts this is really not acceptable, secondly with hindsight we should just have said that we did not have fruit plate available rather than cobble something together which was not up to our normal standard.

Once again thank you for your favorable review.

Angela, Alph and Simmer Down Family

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Reviewed 2 December 2013

Top notch! Discovered the Simmer Down restaurant whilst visiting the 2 Tone Village and completely fell in love with the place. Fabulous authentic Caribbean food with friendly and accommodating service to match. A real hidden gem!

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1  Thank Colin_App_67
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AngelaK486, Manager at 2 Tone Cafe & Simmer Down Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 14 December 2013

Hello Colin

Many thanks for your review, we are so glad that you think we are 'top notch' that is what we aim for we may not always achieve it but it's always our goal.

We do hope you will visit us again when you are next in the City

Angela, Alph & the Simmer Down family

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Reviewed 1 December 2013

Nicely little place. A friend told me about it. Glad he did. Took my daughter as a treat and we will be returning again. Staff friendly and polite. Needs to be advertised me.

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1  Thank nmayers
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AngelaK486, Manager at 2 Tone Cafe & Simmer Down Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 14 December 2013

Hello

Many thanks for taking time out to write a review of our restaurant, we do aim to provide a high level of customer service as well as good quality food of course and we are glad that we seem to be achieving this.

We do hope you will visit us again soon.

Angela, Alph & the Simmer Down Family

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