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Pretty Mama

Yah maaaan, you had me at jerk chicken.  Ever been to the Caribbean?  For most Australians it’s a dream!  Pretty Mama is a dream come true and it’s a whole lot more accessible than a Caribbean holiday.

Pretty Mama is located in what is now an unusual location, the West End of the CBD.  Unusual, but not for long, development is going nuts in this area!  So look out for more great things to come in the West End.  Cleary Pretty Mama has recognised this and is aiming to be a trend setter.

So what is Caribbean food?  Think of spicy, fresh, breezy nights by the ocean.  The drinks and food match the lifestyle; slow, easy and hot!  You can sample chicken, seafood and even goat (a must try, trust me) all created with unique flavours that are savoury and go down easy!

What I love about this place is the ingenious way Pretty Mama has used an uber urban atmosphere no where near the ocean to create a city oasis that is cool and funky like an island retreat.  Think of it like a city beach shack without the beach!  Bicycles on the wall, bright colours, a long bar all combine to make a refuge from the grind of city life.  Slow down, chill out, sip a cool drink and eat some spicy food!  Heaven’s haven!

Don’t pass up on dessert either, fried plantains with dipping cream, woah knock out!

Pretty Mama is a dream come true and Melbourne is now complete for this blogger! Yah maaaan!

My tip add some extra spice to the jerk chicken – shut your eyes and you’ll be dreaming of island life Caribbean style – guaranteed!

Pretty Mama is located at 220 Spencer Street (enter via Watertank Way) and is open Tue – Thur from noon to 11pm, Fri and Sat from noon to 1am.  Bookings at 03 9034 4355.



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