By Connor Beach
Walking down Wall Street in Huntington village you may hear the faint sounds of Reggae music drifting down the alleyway between Buenos Aires and Samurai, or you might hear rhythms and rhymes in the Clinton Street parking lot.
Should you follow the music, you’ll end up at the doors of Mobay Breeze. One of Huntington’s newest restaurants, Mobay Breeze serves up traditional Jamaican and Caribbean cuisine.
Opened for just two weeks, the kitchen at Mobay Breeze is under the direction of Jamaican native chef DelRoy Watson. He said the people of Huntington have, so far, been receptive to the unique flavors of Caribbean fare.
“It’s going great,” Watson said.
Watson’s family emigrated from Jamaica after his grandparents found success in America, but the chef is staying true to his roots in the kitchen at Mobay Breeze.
“Jamaican food is flavorful,” Watson said. “The special blend of herbs gives the cooking more natural flavors.”
The small 15-seat restaurant on the back side of Gerard Street brings more diverse cuisine to Huntington’s already varied dining scene.
“We wanted to give people a taste they can’t find anywhere else,” Watson said.
For Watson, “cooking is a family tradition,” and the menu at Mobay Breeze is full of family recipes.
Oxtail, curry goat, jerk chicken and Jamaican patties are just a few of the traditional dishes in which Watson has infused a taste of home.
The Stew Chicken Dinner ($9/small, $11/medium, $13/large) is served with rice, fried plantains and vegetables. The combination of the chicken and the rice really worked in this dish. The rice soaked up the Jamaican flavors and spices from the stewed chicken. The fried plantains added a nice texture to the dish, and the cabbage helped cut through the savory flavors.
Chef Watson’s Oxtail Dinner ($15.50/medium, $18/large) is also served with a side of vegetables, fried plantains and rice. The texture and flavor of the beef Oxtail is reminiscent of short ribs. The tender meat falls off the bone and melts in your mouth. The beef is the perfect base to allow for the Caribbean flavors to shine. Our Oxtail also came with a side of the colorful and aptly named Rasta Pasta.
Mobay Breeze might be a little hard to find, but the restaurant also offers take out, delivery and catering options.
The casual, family atmosphere at Mobay Breeze is reflected in the time and effort that Watson puts into the food; each bite makes you feel like you are sitting down for a family dinner.
He said, “What I enjoy most is seeing the look on someone’s face when they sit down and really enjoy the meal.”
46 Gerard Street, Unit 1
Prices: Appetizers: $1.75-$11.95; Dinners: $9-$26
Hours: Mondays-Thursdays, 10 a.m.- 10 p.m.; Friday-Saturday, 9 a.m.- midnight; Sunday, 9 a.m.- 7 p.m.