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Visitors shouldn't let Marla's no-frills decor or (charmingly) informal service throw them for a loop. For one thing, the doubles are too good to miss. These tidbits are the island interpretation of the soft bread and curried tomato-chickpea dish known in Indian restaurants as chole puri. Ask them for spicy (ordering the mild incarnation is like eating eggs Benedict without hollandaise sauce) and prepare to marvel, as the soft warmth of the bread cradles and absorbs the chickpea and spicy chutney filling. Take a gulp of Ting-a Jamaican soft drink that uses its 6 percent grapefruit-juice content to cut through spice and starch like a dagger dipped in citric acid-and everything is right with the world. If there's any over-arching problem with the menu at Marla's, it's that it ranges so far. It's critical to try the roti, but then you'll miss out on the Caribbean chow mein. And you'll want to start with doubles, of course, but that may preclude getting a Jamaican beef patty or soft, spongy coco bread, which, in addition to being delicious in its own right, is perfect for sopping up spicy sauces. On a frigid winter evening, those are the sort of problems you want to have.
Few things take the edge off of a Minnesota February like home cooking from a warm part of the world. Trinidad, with an average temperature range of 73 to 87 degrees, definitely qualifies. Warmth—imparted by profoundly spiced food, and the... More »
Aside from their glowing remarks about the authenticity of the jerk and their urging you to start your meal with a "double" (a sandwich-like creation that nestles richly curried chickpeas between disks of fried bread), Marla's regulars will tell you, "There's hot, and then there's Marla's hot." They are referring to the preferred level of heat of the restaurant's proprietress, Marla Jadoonanan, a native of Trinidad and Tobago and the sister of Harry Singh, another famous Twin Cities purveyor... More »
Forget Chinese, pizza, and all the other staples of takeout. Because whether you're too busy, too broke, or too shirtless to dine in at a restaurant, the last thing you want from your takeout is be reminded that you're having takeout. So here's what you tired, hungry masses do: Pull a few blocks off 35W to Marla's and order the kind of food you associate not with being in a hurry but with being on vacation: jerk chicken, saltfish, callaloo, plantains--the comfort food of the Caribbean... More »
Calypso singers preach that Carnival started at the beginning of time. If this is true, then the food that fuels this festival originated way before Julia Child and Rachael Ray took over the airwaves. And since calypso music originated on the island of Trinidad, their food has had centuries to develop the best flavors in the world. For proof, head to Marla's. It's the best authentic Caribbean fare, with a Trinidadian flair, north of Northfield. Trinidad's food, like the island, is a mash-up... More »
I believe Marla's Caribbean Cuisine is one of the best restaurant in the Twin Cities. The jerk dishes are better than anything I had in Jamaica. The roti is amazing. The dhal is awesome. The samosas are awesome. The various curries are awesome. I recommend the goat curry by the way. My favorite meal is the jerk chicken over red beans and brown rice. As Ickbal said in his recommendation, the spice levels are adjustable to your taste. I started out kinda mild, but now I like my jerk full strength. The service is outstanding. The conversation with the staff and regulars is always going and usually pretty interesting. Marla and family make you, the customers, feel like family, which is something you just don't get a lot anymore at most establishments. Most importantly, the prices are very economical. You can get stuffed for a little over 5 bucks and you can eat like a King or Queen for a little over 10 with tax. It's kind of like a Carribean Cheers(and in Minneapolis), for everyone knows your name. It's a community restaurant. If it's a little after noon or one, you will usually find me there reading a book.
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