Caribbean cuisine is renowned all over London, and there are plenty of superb exponents of the art to be found in the city. The reputation is built on down at home family-style cooking, but at Aurienna Cookhouse and Cocktail Bar on Wandsworth High Street, they’re doing something a little bit different. Their chef, Jason Howard, is a native Barbadian, but he has a background in French and haute cuisine cooking, which he combines with traditional elements to make something special at Aurienna. Reserve a seat and take the train to Wandsworth – East Putney tube or Wandsworth Town overground – for an excellent Caribbean meal.
Jason Howard learnt his trade in The Connaught and showed it to the world on Masterchef, and now he has making his mark in Wandsworth. His dream is to claim the Caribbean’s first Michelin star, and to that end he is taking his training in the world of haute cuisine and the culinary techniques of France to the food of the West Indies. His background is in Barbados, and he brings the ingredients found there to the fore at Aurienna Caribbean Cuisine on Wandsworth High Street in south London.
Jason’s menu at Aurienna takes in the best of Caribbean cooking and combines with classical techniques. There are starters from Barbados – Pickling in the Caribbean Sea is what they call their seafood signature – and mains from Jamaica, with triple-cooked pork belly and Jerk chicken, as well as long-time favourites like salt fish and curry goat. If you make a trip to Wandsworth High Street and Aurienna Cookhouse and Cocktail Bar, then you’re going to get a totally new take on Caribbean cuisine from the local jerk joint – so reserve your seat and wander on down to South London.
Wonderful atmosphere, great music and excellent food with nice portions. The service was of a very high standard, I will definitely be going back again.
Fantastic food, great friendly service and atmosphere. They managed to rearrange our booking when one of our party was going to be severely delayed. Only issue was they ran out of red stripe (and had no alternative lager option) but a minor quibble outside of their control.
The food at Aurienna was really delicious food. We had the jerk chicken. The service was great too and the staff were very friendly! a
Excellent food and atmosphere. The chef was a very good host and we were lucky to have most of the restaurant to ourselves. Highly recommended!
This was my first visit to the Aurienna and I must say it was a nice experience. We were met by the lovely Byron who was chatty without being overbearing and although the restaurant was empty the smooth reggae music created a nice ambience. I ordered the oxtail (always a good measure as to the quality of ingredients) which was tasty, authentic and well portioned; my friend ordered the jerk pork which he assured me was lovely. The only downside for me was that the rice and peas wasn't great (it had star anise in it which I hate) as I prefer basmati rice and this was a light yellow coloured rice. Having said that once it was covered in the rich gravy of the oxtail it was fine. The restaurant itself is quite small but well laid out and must have a great atmosphere when there are a few diners. I will definitely visit again.
Absolutely gorgeous grub, lovely concept and decor but disappointing service. They were hosting a party in the main restaurant so we had no access to that area which they could have mentioned earlier when I called to confirm my booking. I would have still attended as we enjoy trying out new restaurants but it is better to manage customer expectations before they arrive. I couldn't give this venue a low score despite that because the food and ambience was lovely and the portion sizes were huge. We also had a couple of cocktails which were ok but I would live to experience the full restaurant and bar vibe so may visit again on a Saturday.
We took my father and daughter for lunch. We stayed in the back room that lacks athmospere like the front of the restaurant. The table were all quite dirty and ours was sticky as well as the cutlery and cups. There was only one person greeting, taking orders, cooking and serving. He was nice and polite but he definitely needed someone else on shift. I eventually got up and cleaned my own table as I did not know where he went. We waited long for our food but it did not dissapoint. The food was nice and well presented. Overall an ok experience but it missed the wow factor and a proper dinning service.
We had a fantastic time at Aurienna's. The food was superb, well presented and absolutely tasty. We enjoyed every bit of it from starters to desserts. The chef made us traveled straight to caribbean state through her skilled cooking. We liked as well the great decor, colourful, bright and comfortable while sirruping one of their excellent cocktails and listening to tropical music. We felt welcomed and well looked after by the kind people in charge of the customers. Definitely a good moment to repeat.
i feel we found a hidden gem as it was very quiet but the food was delicious and the service was very friendly the size of the restaurant is deceptive as from outside looks very small but there is a great room at the back with lots of seating a great find and we will definitely be going back
Fantastic food- great flavours and a nice level of heat from the chilli - just right. Lovely cocktails and friendly relaxed service. So much to choose from on the menu that we will definitely be back to try some more.