NEW MIAMI RESTAURANT DUKUNOO OFFERS JAMAICAN FOOD WITH MODERN TWIST

New Miami Restaurant Dukunoo Offers Jamaican Food with Modern Twist

In the culinary landscape of Miami’s trendy Wynwood neighborhood, new restaurant Dukunoo Jamaican Kitchen is a welcome addition for Caribbean foodies. The new eatery celebrates classic Jamaican dishes with an elevated, modern twist. Co-owner Leonie McKoy became inspired by the iconic flavors of her childhood when imagining the new restaurant. “We wanted to stick to simple recipes from way back, but bring it up a level in looks and presentation,” she explains. The chic new space trumpets its island pride, with reggae music playing in the background. The dining room has a simple, rustic ambiance, with a lively bar and a partially open kitchen.

 

For lunch, my server Rico “Suave” suggested some of the restaurant’s signature options. He started me off with their savory saltfish fritters, or “flittaz” as they’re fondly called, served on a bed of grilled corn and topped with curled scallion. Shaped into neat spheres, these tender morsels offered a crunchy exterior and pillowy soft interior flecked with aromatic seasonings and hints of fish. Both their aioli sauce and peppery hot sauce paired perfectly with the appetizers.

 

My cocktail “Lively Up Yourself” was a mixture of Appleton Estate Reserve rum, pineapple, guava and lime, topped with mint. I loved the creative touch of using frozen fruit instead of ice, which kept my drink cool without diluting it. This cocktail reminded me of a classic Jamaican rum punch, but with a little more swagger.

 

For my entrée, I dived into their oxtail, presented with a pile of steaming rice and peas. The ultimate comfort food, the oxtail stew was filled with spinners (dumplings), butter beans and rich gravy, and of course the meat was fall-off-the-bone tender. The dish proved tame enough for novices trying Jamaican cuisine for the first time, but as an island man, I made good use of the pepper sauce. The rice and peas side was also flavorful and aromatic, with thyme, coconut milk and scallions.

 

The meal ended with smooth, rich chocolate cake and vanilla ice cream. The pairing proved extra luxurious, especially topped with chocolate syrup and coconut shavings. Served quite innocently on the side of the dessert plate were three slices of caramelized lime. Out of curiosity, I tried one and was blown away by these energizing little bites, the highlight of ahearty lunch.

 

Dukunoo’s staff was friendly and attentive, and the owner was a delight. For a quick trip to Jamaica (without the plane ride) visit at 310 NW 24th Street in Wynwood, Miami.

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Dukunoo Jamaican Kitchen Grand Opening

Friday, October 25, 7pm-10pm – Dukunoo Jamaican Kitchen, 316 NW 24th Street, Miami Wynwood Arts District 

 

Dukunoo Jamaican Kitchen – Wynwood’s Miami’s First & Only Black and Female – Owned, Full-Service, Upsale, Caribbean DIning Experience is Open for Business! You may have heard the buzz for quite some time now that a new Jamaican restaurant was coming to Wynwood. Well, whether you caught the buzz or not, Dukunoo Jamaican Kitchen is open for business, and patrons are already raving about the food and ambience. 

 

Located at 316 NW 24th Street, directly across from the brand new Wynwood 25 luxury apartment community and the Concrete Beach Brewery, Dukunoo Jamaican Kitchen is easy to find in trendy, Wynwood. The restaurant features indoor and outdoor dining, a full bar, fine art, and an authentic jerk stand outside by the Terrazza.

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Jamaican cuisine is getting the Wynwood treatment with the debut of Dukunoo Jamaican Kitchen. The neighborhood, which is home to a plethora of buzzy restaurants, has been severely lacking cuisine from the islands until now.

 

The indoor/outdoor eatery boasts an extensive menu of modern takes on Jamaican fare. Think smaller plates like pressed plantains topped with crispy snapper, salt cod fritters, jerk corn, and red pea soup with salted beef and pig tails. Larger plates such as fried chicken, oxtail, whole roasted snapper, and shrimp skewers round out the menu. A full bar menu is also available.

“It is our mission to open a Caribbean restaurant that is eclectic, chic, artsy, and upscale, that will positively represent Caribbean culture,” notes one of the restaurant’s co-owners Shrusan Gray, who owns the space alongside Leonie McKoy and Rodrick Leighton.

 

To pay homage to its roots, the restaurant even features a jerk “stand” offering chicken and pork jerk dishes served by the quarter, half, or whole pound, with classic sides like island slaw and fried plantains. Dukunoo is a West African word for “sweet thing” or “sweet mouth” and is also the name of the star dessert on the menu, which is made of a starchy pudding-like consistency that is wrapped in a leaf, tied, and steamed.

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“This new Jamaican restaurant brings Caribbean flavor back to Wynwood,” says Carlos Frías, for the Miami Herald. Dukunoo Jamaican Kitchen is located at 316 NW 24th Street, Wynwood, a district in Miami, Florida. Frías writes:

 

Wynwood has been bursting with sleek new restaurants the last few years but notoriously has been devoid of the Caribbean cuisine that was often found in the neighborhood. That’s about to change.

 

Dukunoo Jamaican Kitchen has opened in a modern new space with dishes steeped in Jamaican tradition. One look at the menu shows the menu is sticking close to its roots with some modern flashes.

 

Among the appetizers are salt cod fritters with tangy Marie Rose sauce, crispy ackee rolls with rundown cream and callaloo greens and artichoke dip. The menu looks to take adventurous leaps, such as a roasted pumpkin soup with thyme foam.

Larger main dishes include Yardstyle Fried Chicken, oxtail, curries with a choice of chicken, shrimp or chickpeas. Separate sections of the menu are dedicated to whole snapper and jerk dishes with chicken, pork and a fresh-vegetable option. Prices range from $8-$18 to $19-$32 for larger family-style plates.

 

And, of course, dessert will include the option of the namesake dukunoo (green plantain and sweet potato pudding) with crispy sweet potato and cinnamon cream.

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Dukunoo Jamaican Kitchen Brings Modern Caribbean Fare to Wynwood

Jamaican cuisine is getting the Wynwood treatment with the debut of Dukunoo Jamaican Kitchen (316 NW 24th Street). The neighborhood, which is home to a plethora of buzzy restaurants, has been severely lacking cuisine from the islands until now.

 

The indoor/outdoor eatery boasts an extensive menu of modern takes on Jamaican fare. Think smaller plates like pressed plantains topped with crispy snapper, salt cod fritters, jerk corn, and red pea soup with salted beef and pig tails. Larger plates such as fried chicken, oxtail, whole roasted snapper, and shrimp skewers round out the menu. A full bar menu is also available.

 

“It is our mission to open a Caribbean restaurant that is eclectic, chic, artsy, and upscale, that will positively represent Caribbean culture,” notes one of the restaurant’s co-owners Shrusan Gray, who owns the space alongside Leonie McKoy and Rodrick Leighton.

 

To pay homage to its roots, the restaurant even features a jerk “stand” offering chicken and pork jerk dishes served by the quarter, half, or whole pound, with classic sides like island slaw and fried plantains. Dukunoo is a West African word for “sweet thing” or “sweet mouth” and is also the name of the star dessert on the menu, which is made of a starchy pudding-like consistency that is wrapped in a leaf, tied, and steamed.

 

The space keeps with the modern, updated feel of the menu with industrial style tables and seating, bright modern paintings adorning the walls, high industrial ceilings, and wooden signage. A variety of different entertainment including live music, DJs and rotating themed nights are also on hand.

 

Dukunoo Jamaican Kitchen is now open for lunch, dinner, happy hour, and brunch. The restaurant is open Thursday through Saturday from noon to midnight and Sunday from 11 a.m. until 11 p.m. Happy hour is available Monday to Friday from 5 to 7 p.m. For more information call 786-334-5150.

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Caribbean cuisine was glaringly absent from the Wynwood restaurant scene, but Dukunoo endeavors to fill the void. A family-owned Jamaican kitchen helmed by a father, mother and their daughter, it puts out modernized versions of classic island dishes. There’s the compulsory jerk, which gets its own section of the menu titled the “Jerk stand,” featuring all kinds of iterations and combinations. Whole snappers, stews and curries round out the offerings. If you’re wondering what Dukunoo is, you’ll find it as the namesake dessert under ’sweet tings,’ a sweet potato confection finished off with cinnamon cream.

 

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Dukunoo Jamaican Kitchen, An Upscale Caribbean Restaurant Opens in Wynwood

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MIAMI – Dukunoo Jamaican Kitchen – Wynwood, Miami’s first & only Black and Female-Owned, Full-Service, Upscale, Caribbean dining experience is open for business!

You may have heard the buzz for quite some time now that a new Jamaican restaurant was coming to Wynwood.’

Well, whether you caught the buzz or not, Dukunoo Jamaican Kitchen is open for business, and patrons are already raving about the food and ambience.

 

Located at 316 NW 24th Street, directly across from the brand new Wynwood 25 luxury apartment community and the Concrete Beach Brewery, Dukunoo Jamaican Kitchen is easy to find in trendy, Wynwood.

The restaurant features indoor and outdoor dining, a full bar, fine art, and an authentic jerk stand outside by the Terrazza.

The word “Dukunoo” may be strange to some, but it is steeped in history and has a very simple meaning. Its roots are West African and simply means “sweet thing” or “sweet mouth” when directly translated.

Depending on where your family hails from, your recognition of this sweet staple may be a tad bit different, but the basic formula is still the same. This sweet treat will always be a starchy pudding-like consistency wrapped in a leaf, tied, and steamed.

 

It is this sense of history and culture that the Jamaican born owners of Dukunoo Jamaican Kitchen, which consist of the mother/daughter-wife/husband team of Leonie McKoy, Dr. Shrusan Gray, and Rodrick Leighton, wish to bring to their guests.

According to Dr. Gray, “It is our mission to open a Caribbean restaurant that is eclectic, chic, artsy, and upscale, that will positively represent Caribbean culture.” Her mother, Leonie McKoy, stresses that this restaurant in the heart of Wynwood welcomes locals and people from all over the world. “Wherever you come from in the world, you will find a vibe here at Dukunoo,” says, Ms. Mckoy.

 

“Black-owned doesn’t equate to poor service and a shabby establishment. We are redefining that thought process with our elevated level of service and attention to detail in every aspect of this restaurant, from the quaint lighting, rustic signage and décor, to our modern and utilitarian bathrooms,” states Rodrick Leighton.

Guests of Dukunoo Jamaican Kitchen can expect to dine by candlelight, experience varied cultural entertainment, including live music and DJs on themed nights, and each exquisitely prepared meal will always be served on proper dinnerware and never in a styrofoam box.

 

The Dukunoo menu features traditional Jamaican dishes prepared with a twist of elegance and presented with flair.

It’s out of the box pairings of ingredients challenges the palette and stretches the imagination to produce an amazing “wow” effect with each dish. The food will certainly keep you coming back for the more, but the vibes is just as nice. As they say at Dukunoo: “Come fi di food. Stay fi di vibes!”

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Open since October, this cocktail bar and Caribbean spot is trending compared to other businesses categorized as “Seafood” on Yelp.

Citywide, seafood spots saw a median 1.4% increase in new reviews over the past month, but Dukunoo Jamaican Kitchen saw an imposing 314.3% increase, with a downward trend from a five-star rating a month ago to four stars today.

Located at 316 N.W. 24th St., Dukunoo Jamaican Kitchen’s seafood offerings include green plantains topped with escovitch snapper, salt fish fritters and a house salad with fever grass shrimp, avocado, smoked pineapple, guava emulsion and croutons.

Dukunoo Jamaican Kitchen is open from noon–11 p.m. on Tuesday and Wednesday and noon–2 a.m. on Thursday-Sunday. (It’s closed on Monday.)

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Dukunoo Jamaican Kitchen brings Caribbean fare to Miami

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A new cocktail bar and Caribbean spot, offering seafood and more, has made its debut in the neighborhood. Located at 316 N.W. 24th St., the newcomer is called Dukunoo Jamaican Kitchen.

On the menu, expect to see items like escovitch fish, oxtail and pressed plantains bites as well as drinks like the roadside smokeshow. Try the jerk platter consisting of jerk pork, half jerk chicken, ripe plantains, hard dough bread and roasted corn dipped in coconut flakes. 

With a five-star rating out of eight reviews on Yelp so far, the new cocktail bar is on its way to developing a local fan base.

Shelly-Ann B., who reviewed the new spot on Oct. 12, wrote  “The cocktails are also very tasty and imaginative. I keep discovering new favorites. This week it’s the “Night Nurse.” Imagine tamarind infused curacao.”

Yelper Courteney W., added, “The food selection is a perfect balance of all the loving Jamaican flavors you’d need. I got the roasted pumpkin soup (seasonally appropriate) and it came hot and fresh.”

Head on over to check it out: Dukunoo Jamaican Kitchen is open from noon–11 p.m. on Tuesday and Wednesday, noon–2 a.m. on Thursday, Friday and Sunday and 2 p.m.–2 a.m. on Saturday. (It’s closed on Monday.)

Want to keep your finger on the pulse of new businesses in Miami? Here’s what else opened recently near you.


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Fever Grass Shrimp Skewers/ Dukunoo Jamaican Kitchen, Miami

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(WSVN) – Jamaica is known for cool island vibes and super spicy dishes. Now, you can recreate that flavor right in your kitchen. Time to grab a Bite With Belkys.


The Chef: Dennis Kerr
The Restaurant: Dukunoo Jamaican Kitchen, Miami
The Dish: Fever Grass Shrimp Skewers


Ingredients:
4 each peeled, deveined shrimp
sugarcane sticks (to skewer shrimp)
1 oz diced onion
4 oz peeled diced Roma tomato
6 oz lemongrass infused coconut milk (bring coconut milk with chopped lemongrass stick to low boil; turn off heat and steep for 10-15 minutes; strain.)
1/2 oz chopped scallion
sprinkle of picked thyme
dash of hot sauce (to taste)
1/2 oz toasted coconut flakes
garlic oil


Method of Preparation:

  • To prepare the sauce: in a warm pan, heat garlic oil and add onions, tomatoes and coconut milk. When sauce thickens, add scallions and hot sauce, salt and pepper to taste.
  • Skewer shrimp on sugar cane sticks, season with garlic oil, salt and pepper. Place on grill and cook for about 2-3 minutes on both sides.
 

To Plate:
– Ladle thickened sauce on plate, top with shrimp skewers and pour remaining sauce on top. Serve with half grilled lemon.


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