Manjay

Modern Caribbean cuisine at the Citadel

May
18
2021

HUNGRY POSTED: RESTAURANT RECOMMENDATION

Location:Little River

Meal Type
Dinner, Lunch

Ambiance
Casual

Background Music
Throwbacks to music from today

Pricing

By Diana Rodriguez
When your taste buds finally grow up, take them to Manjay for all the hottest dishes.

WHAT TO EXPECT


You just might cry. We almost did—especially with that creole curry sauce used in the spicy slaw underneath the fried yellowtail snapper (Friday special). At Manjay, you can expect surprising flavors with Haitian hospitality. They value high quality ingredients, and you can taste it. IYKYK that the jerk chicken bites are a must-have. Located inside The Citadel, make your way around and find them in the back corner.

WHAT TO WEAR


Come in jeans, leggings, or whatever you woke up in. This food hall is casual and we are here for it.

THE MENU


The menu at Manjay is divided up into your normal sections, but with less than normal names—all in good taste. Like starters, you will find under the title, “Lil’ Somtin”. While “Big Up” lists their Caribbean bowls, and “Breadcrumbs” are sandwiches and wraps. Basically, they speak our language. Oh, but we did not go near “Healthier Ones”. No time for that. Although it’s probably equally delicious.

WHAT TO ORDER


Luckily for us, Christian Dominique, owner/operator, brought out all his favorites. And luckily for you, we are here to tell you about it. Definitely start with the Jerk Chicken Bites. Did we say that already? The plantain fries will get you good (you think they are sweet potato, but no). While the mango aioli hits the spot, just dip the fries in every sauce you can find here.

Caribbean Conch Fritters are a close second favorite. They are tender and chunky and just work so well with their honey mustard remoulade.

From Haiti with Love –Griyo; it’s not a song, but it should be. Our tongue was singing to the beat of this Creole-style slow-braised pork. It is served over toast and creamy avocado. Your avocado toast is all grown up.

COVID-19 SAFETY MEASURES


All employees are wearing a mask. Place your order at the counter, and you can wait at a nearby table or booth. They will bring the food to you.

HOW TO SCORE A TABLE


Technically, there are no tables reserved for Manjay. It’s inside a food hall, people! So, get here early, place your order (see all yummy things above), and find a spot, any spot, and have a good night.

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Photos by: Manjay Restaurant