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“Friendly little place with lovely food”

2 Tone Cafe & Simmer Down Restaurant
Ranked #13 of 568 Restaurants in Coventry
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $4 - $31
Cuisines: Caribbean, Jamaican, Cafe
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Good for: Dining on a budget, Families with children, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Kids
Dining options: Lunch, Breakfast, Drinks, Dinner, Brunch, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
Description: Nestled in the secluded courtyard of 2Tone Village this newly refurbished family run cafe & restaurant provides good food, good times and great service.Home of the Jerk Sausage 2Tone Cafe offers all day breakfast, and more, including Caribbean meals. The restaurant offers an enticing menu of good 'home' style cuisine for those new to Caribbean food and the connoisseur.2Tone Village where the stars of 2Tone are often seen dining, jamming or generally hanging out. Please check our website for open times of the Cafe & Restaurant and for up to date menus and events.
Coventry, United Kingdom
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“Friendly little place with lovely food”
Reviewed June 16, 2013

Tiny place, with a limited but traditional range of food... great prices and spot on food. Best of all the friendly staff. Remember to bring your own alcohol if you drink as they have not licence. Quite simply if you can get in.....then do.

  • Visited June 2013
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1 Thank 100TCH
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AngelaK486, Owner at 2 Tone Cafe & Simmer Down Restaurant, responded to this review, July 25, 2013
Many thanks for your positive review and endorsement of our restaurant. Although we are small we hope this is out weighed by our service and quality of our food.

We look forward to welcoming you back to Simmer Down very soon!

Regards

Angela, Alph & the Simmer Down Family
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Leeds, New York
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
“Awesome place”
Reviewed June 7, 2013

Lovely service, lovely people, lovely food, clean, great cake and very cheap. Did 10% student discount. Took booking no problem. Nice ambiance, lovely and relaxed. Nice music. I can't really fault it. I will definitely be going again.

The only significant room for improvement, would be to have another veggie option.

The dumplings and fried plantains (side dishes) are to die for. The ginger cake was particularly good. Didn't have starters, but the starters were quite fish orientated.

  • Visited June 2013
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1 Thank daveyjones111
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AngelaK486, Owner at 2 Tone Cafe & Simmer Down Restaurant, responded to this review, July 25, 2013
Sorry that it has taken us so long to respond to your very kind review of our restaurant, we really do appreciate it when people take time out to write reviews about us.

We have taken on board your comment regarding veggie option and our new menu will have more veggie choices, we have also made the starter choices slightly less fish orientated, however fish does feature quite highly in Caribbean food as you can imagine.

We do hope we will see you again at Simmer Down.

Angela, Alph & the Simmer Down Family
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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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“Simple, but very good.”
Reviewed May 29, 2013

We enjoyed both the food and the friendly service at the Simmer Down Restaurant. We were seated quickly and the waiting staff were very attentive.

Neither of us had ever tried Caribbean food before but thankfully we both enjoyed it! I can heartily recommend the Jerk Chicken, Rice n Peas and the Mutton. I probably wouldn't have the root veg again but you don't know if you don't try!

I really enjoyed the Guinness / Nutmeg drink and their fruit punch was very refreshing. Their homemade ginger cake was also quite excellent.

The only negatives I can really note are the that seat covering limits where you can put your feet, and that the two person tables by the wall seemed a bit cramped. We went on a Saturday night and it was quite lout outside, but I think this added to the atmosphere.

Recommended.

  • Visited May 2013
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1 Thank Richard G
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AngelaK486, Owner at 2 Tone Cafe & Simmer Down Restaurant, responded to this review, July 25, 2013
A belated but nonetheless sincere thank you for taking time out to write a review of our restaurant. We are delighted that you 'enjoyed the food and the service' that we provided.

Root vegetables are an acquired taste, but at least you can say you've tried them now :)

We have taken on board your comment about the table for two by the wall and have re-organised the room so the tables are no longer up against the wall.

We do hope we will see you again at Simmer Down

Angela, Alph & the Simmer Down Family
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Coventry, United Kingdom
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“lovely”
Reviewed May 28, 2013

the mutton curry and rice and peas were lovely. we also tried the plantain and dumplings which my husband loved. we were the only 2 in the restaurant for the first 1/2 hour but the owners came and spoke with us and chatted. they also came out with an ackee taster as i had been told it was yucky. It was beautiful. we will be going back in the very near future. lovely to try different food. the atmosphere was so nice

  • Visited May 2013
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1 Thank KimN83
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AngelaK486, Owner at 2 Tone Cafe & Simmer Down Restaurant, responded to this review, June 22, 2013
Hello Kim

Many thanks for taking time out to write such a nice review of our restaurant, and better still many thanks for coming back again this evening even before I'd had a chance to respond to your review :)

We are so glad that you enjoyed your visit to Simmer Down, as I have often said we love it when people try Caribbean food for the first time and enjoy it. I have to say Ackee & Saltfish is one of those dishes that you either love or hate, but you have to try it for yourself in order to make the judgement, happy to say most people really like it.

We look forward to seeing you, your husband and daughter again soon.

Angela, Alph & the Simmer Down Family
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Coventry, United Kingdom
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“Great authentic cuisine with warm welcome”
Reviewed May 19, 2013

Great authentic food seasoned to perfection cocktails are delightful you must try the Guinness punch! Staff were incredibly friendly and well mannered felt like eating in someone's home nothing was too much too ask and food is cooked to order

  • Visited May 2013
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2 Thank NAT J
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AngelaK486, Owner at 2 Tone Cafe & Simmer Down Restaurant, responded to this review, June 9, 2013
Hello Nat J

Thank you for taking time out to review our restaurant we are so glad that you appreciated our 'warm welcome" and great authentic cuisine, that is exactly what we are about, providing authentic Caribbean (mainly Jamaican), food with a warm and friendly service.

We really want people to enjoy their experience with us and to try out new things, so 'nothing is too much trouble' for us, well almost nothing!:)

We do hope we will see you again.

Warm regards

Angela, Alph & the Simmer Down Family
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