The clerk at the counter was surprised when I told her we wanted to feature her Scarborough restaurant for our food blog. “You want to write about this place?” she asked.
I can see her point: with its peeling paint, shoddy wood panelling and holes in the floor boards, Fahmee Bakery (119 Montezuma Trail) looks more like an aging rec room converted into an illegal basement suite rather than a fine restaurant. It’s located on 119 Montezuma Trail, a name that conjures unpleasant images Montezuma’s revenge, a tropical travellers illness brought about by unhygienic foods.
But in reality, Fahmee Bakery serves some of the finest Jamaican food in the city. Don't be surprised to see a lineup of people of all ages and ethnicities waiting in line to buy Jamaican patties by the dozen.
The beef patties are freshly baked in the back and are filled with a smooth, spicy meat paste. One patty (beef, chicken or veggie) will set you back $1.35 ($13 for a dozen).
But it was the jerk chicken that blew my mind. For just $3 you can get a jerk chicken sandwich served on cocobread, a tender bread made with coconut milk. The chicken is top quality and super tasty. We had to order a couple more to go and eat at home later.
Also on the menu: jerk pork, curry goat and red snapper, all served with rice and peas for $9. Drinks include coconut water and pineapple Island Soda.
Fahmee has been in this location for 30 years. It’s current owner Michael Lue, a member of Jamaica’s storied Chinese community, took over the place 21 years ago. “We have many customers who came here when they were very small, and now they're grown up and they still come,” explains the clerk. There’s even a “Fahmee Bakery Lifers” page on Facebook devoted to the restaurant.
Photos in this post courtesy of Dana Lacey. Thanks to Audrey for the tip.
Fahmee Bakery is located at 119 Montezuma Trail. Open every day 9am to 6:30pm. Tel: 416754-2126.
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