Sweet Fingers

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San Leandro, California
Sweet Fingers - Sweet Fingers store front in San Leandro
Sweet Fingers - Sweet Fingers dining area & bar - it becomes a night club on some nights
Sweet Fingers - Rum punch just like they make in Jamaica!
Sweet Fingers - Chef Clive, our server, bartender, cook and everything else
Sweet Fingers - Curry shrimp & rice & peas
Sweet Fingers - Jayeesha's curry goat - she said it was excellent!
Sweet Fingers - A close-up of the curry goat - hungry yet?

Sweet Fingers San Leandro Reviews

leah151 leah151
30 reviews
Authentic Jamaican Cuisine in the East Bay Feb 27, 2008
Since returning from the last trip to Jamaica, my friend and I had been craving a taste of the cuisine we so fell in love with while there. We'd recently discovered Sweet Fingers restaurant in San Leandro and had plans to go there for our salt fish & ackee breakfast 'fix' but upon discovering that it was a $19 breakfast and more than we could justify splurging on considering how inexpensive the same breakfast in Jamaica would be, opted to try lunch some time instead. Since it is specialty cuisine and not easily found throughout the Bay Area, they can charge accordingly and the prices are a bit on the expensive side. However, the service, provided mainly by Chef Clive himself (who wears many hats in his establishment: chef, server, bartender, busboy, and even DJ on some nights!), is very fast and friendly and the food is good.

We started out with a round of rum punches and beef patties which are the Jamaican equivalent to a Hot Pocket but just better some how. Finally, a rum punch that tasted like one should! We'd been to bars recently, attempting to order rum punch and not one of them even came close to how they are made in Jamaica. These cocktails were proof that we were in the presence of a native-born Jamaican. The beef patties came soon after and we had our first sampling of authentic Jamaican fare. Next, Jayeesha's curry goat had arrived and at the same time, although I'd ordered the coconut shrimp, I'm fairly certain what I got was the curry shrimp instead. Regardless, it was a savory pleasure and I had no regrets about the mistake (except that I would like to return to try the coconut shrimp). Jayeesha claimed her curry goat was even better than the restaurant where we had it in Treasure Beach.

After finishing as much as we possibly could and feeling like we'd have to roll out of the place, we decided that we'd definitely be making return trips to try out more of the menu and get our occasional fixes. The entrées were priced on the high end at $15.99 each, the patties were $3 and the drinks were about $7 (which is pretty standard) but the food portions were generous and the cocktails were stiff! If you don't mind a little splurge and want food that will bring you back to the island in a friendly atmosphere, be sure to check out Sweet Fingers.
Sweet Fingers store front in San L…
Sweet Fingers dining area & bar - …
Rum punch just like they make in J…
Chef Clive, our server, bartender,…
CFD says:
Great review ;)
Posted on: Feb 28, 2008
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