7-3745 Memorial Drive SE, Calgary, AB, T2A 6V4
Emily’s Restaurant is in a strip mall on 36th Street S.E. and specializes in Nigerian and Jamaican cuisine.
|Cuisine Type |||Caribbean, African, Jamaican|
|Payment |||Interac, MasterCard, Visa, Cash|
|Monday-Thursday 11AM – 8PM, Friday-Saturday 11AM – 10:30PM, Closed Sunday|
Profile Last Updated: January 07, 2008
If you hanker for some Jamaican food, Emily’s has a selection of authentic dishes. Oxtail or curry of goat, chicken, or mutton is available. Also on the menu is Roti with your choice of chicken, goat or vegetables. For the uninitiated, roti is round wheat-flour bread cooked on a tavi, similar to East Indian naan bread. A specialty of the house is jerk chicken. Jerk is a style of cooking native to Jamaica in which meats are dry-rubbed with a fiery mixture of various spices, pimento, and Scotch bonnet peppers – one of the hottest peppers in the world. After preparation, the meat is barbequed and served. The flavour is wonderful, but it can get hot.
Traditional Foods from Nigeria
Emily’s also serves a number of dishes from Nigeria. The offerings include iyan – a pounded yam dish, Eba – cassava flour balls that are dipped in sauces or soups, and Suya – a spicy grilled beef. Also available is soup Afrikana, a pepper soup that is hot and spicy and made with assorted meats and fresh fish. If you want to try something really exotic, choose the cow leg or cow skin.
Specials on Saturday Only
On Saturdays, Emily’s serves two special dishes from Jamaica – bammie and ackee & saltfish. Bammie is made of grated cassava root that is pressed into small cakes, lightly fried, then dipped in coconut milk and refried. It is served as a starchy side dish with fish. Ackee and saltfish is considered the national dish of Jamaica. Ackee is a plant related to lychee, which is indiginous to tropical west Africa and was imported into Jamaica in the 18th century. The fruit of the plant is used in combination with onions, peppers, tomatoes and herbs to sauté salted dried fish.