We love finding new places to eat as a family, ones we can walk to and ones that fit in well with a day in town too. Sugar Dumplin’ is just one of those places.
Based upstairs in Camberley’s Atrium complex it’s one of the newest places to eat in town and one of only three restaurants in the chain – the others being in Glasgow and Kingston.
Sugar Dumplin’ is a caribbean restaurant with a really nice, rustic barbecue feel to it. As soon as we walked in we felt relaxed and loved the informal atmosphere. It seemed like the kind of restaurant that could easily go from casual, family lunches and dinners through to cocktail fuelled evenings and drinks after work.
The children were given colouring sheets and crayons to keep them occupied whilst we were looking at the menus and I was impressed that the children’s menu wasn’t a typical children’s menu – it had mini versions of the adult mains and, like all Sugar Dumplin’ meals everything is made fresh on the premises.
Sugar Dumplin’ were happy to cater for any food intolerances and would have been happy to give the children a smaller portion of pretty much anything on the menu but in the end they chose Buttermilk Fried Chicken Goujons – served with fries, and Mac & Cheese which was served with fries too although the children could have picked sweet potato fries, mash or rice and peas as a side instead. Our children just love fries!
Both of their mains were a great size, well presented and tasted fantastic – Hubby and I would have happily had them ourselves! The children really enjoyed their meals and it was nice that they were treated the same as the adults, with matching crockery and the same types of food. It really helped bring us all together for a lovely family meal.
For our starters Hubby chose the Hickory Smoked Chicken Wings and I had the Jamaican Patty. Both were a great size for a starter and really well presented. I originally asked for lamb in my patty but they had run out – as everything is made fresh – and offered me veg or beef instead. I had beef and was impressed they gave me this option even though beef wasn’t a choice on the menu.
The patty was lovely with a good balance of pastry and filling. It was full of flavour, had a good kick of spice and was served with a lovely side salad.
Hubby’s chicken wings had a really nice jerk flavour and were topped with red chillies. They were served with a salad and were the perfect way to start off a caribbean meal.
For my main I chose the Trini Chicken Chow Mein, much to Hubby’s disgust as he said ‘that’s not caribbean, that’s Chinese!’ But I am so glad I ordered this for my main. Noodles are one of my favourite things and Sugar Dumplin’ managed to make a traditional oriental dish into something that didn’t taste out of place in a caribbean restaurant.
The combination of chicken, noodles, vegetables and spices worked perfectly and the dish was just so filling. It was such a lovely meal and something I could easily eat every day.
Hubby went for the Jerk Ribs which were lovely, really well cooked and the meat just fell off the bones. The sauce was a really nice flavour and the portion size was fantastic. They were served with sweet potato fries which made a nice change from potato fries and complimented the ribs perfectly.
I wasn’t sure immediately whether Sugar Dumplin’ had a dessert menu but I was pleased to find out that they did! There is always room for pudding. LP and Little Man had a scoop of ice cream each and Hubby went for the chocolate brownie – which was rich, moist and wonderfully warm. A pretty lovely dessert!
I had the spiced Jamaican fruit cake which tasted just like the caribbean and reminded me so much of Christmas too. It was a really beautiful fruit cake and served warm too.
Through the meal we all drank soft drinks – lemonade for me, juice for the children and a pretty awesome coke float for Hubby – it took us back to childhood! But we made time to browse the Sugar Dumplin’ cocktail menu and know that we’ll be back at some point to try them out – there’s a great range and all are made with good quality spirits too.
Overall we loved our meal at Sugar Dumplin’ and know that we’ll be back. The food was amazing and a completely different cuisine to where we would normally go but somewhere we all really enjoyed. It was family friendly – although we did find the music quite loud – and it is open all day too. I’m used to restaurants having a lunch and dinner session so it’s nice when somewhere caters for diners at whatever time they like to eat.
The staff couldn’t have been nicer, the children had a really nice time and as a family we had just such a lovely meal out. It’s not often you find somewhere like this on your doorstep and now that we’ve found it we will definitely be back.
Disclosure: We were invited to Sugar Dumplin’ for the purpose of this post however all opinions are my own.