Chef Paul Yellin is just a month out from opening his Cane Rhum Bar and Caribbean Kitchen in the old Big John’s Tavern and today he released his menu. As Yellin, who grew up in Barbados, recently told City Paper, he plans to reintroduce Charleston to the city’s original spirit — rum. 

“I would like to help Charleston redefine and cultivate their palate of what they thought rum was or is,” Yellin said.

To do so, he’s bringing rum-based cocktails — take a look at Bonnet’s Revenge and Instant Vacation — as well as a taste of what he’s calling a Caribbean street food menu. Not surprisingly jerk chicken makes the cut but so does banana stuffed chicken ballotine. The leg of the chicken gets filled with bananas and seasonings then is pan-seared and baked in the oven to finish it. There are also sides of plantains and yucca frites, gauva jam and coconut pastelitos. And of course rum. Eighty types, all aged a minimum of three years which will sit on a rum wall organized by region.

Sound good? Get a taste when Yellin opens Cane in March. 

CANE

Caribbean Street Food
DINNER
FRESH SMASHED GUACAMOLE
avocado, onions, garlic, tomato, cilantro and sea salted plantain chips
TROPICAL SALSA
Grilled pineapple, mango, papaya, onions, tomato, roasted garlic, SSPC
PATTY
baked chicken or beef filled pastries, mango chutney, dressed greens
DRUNKEN STRAWBERRY CRÈME BRULEES
STAMP ‘n’ GO
traditional salted codfish fritters, curry remoulade, roasted banana ketchup
GRILLED JUMBO GARLIC PRAWNS
garlic coconut oil, lime zest, sea salt, Creole sauce, toasted coconut
RIBBONS OF SEARED 3 SPICE AHI TUNA
avocado, shaved red onion and mango, lime vinaigrette, cilantro
COFFEE RUBBED HANGER STEAK
crispy tobacco onions, tomato chutney, garlic-herb oil
CANE CATCH OF THE DAY (steamed or baked purse)
fresh herbs, tomato creole sauce, banana leaf packet, charred pineapple salsa
MIGHTY JERK CHICKEN
24-hour marinated, spicy molasses, sweet plantain and chutney
TROPICAL SALAD
mixed greens, avocado, papaya, mango, cho-cho, cucumber, tomato, onions, plantain chips and a sweet tamarind vinaigrette
(add chicken, fish, prawns, steak)
BANANA STUFFED CHICKEN BALLOTINE
plantain chip crust, tomato chutney, coconut curry sauce
HAITIAN GRIOT
marinated tender fried pork, plantain chips, pickliz (spicy vinegar slaw), garlic herb oil
OXTAIL SPRING ROLLS
molasses, cucumber souse pickle, herb oil, spicy bacon aioli
TRINI STYLE COCONUT CURRY ROTI
tender lamb belly or boneless chicken thighs, potato and a soft thin bread
ITAL PLATE *vegetarian*
grilled/roasted and steamed market offerings, fresh ingredients, gluten free and low sodium
SIDES
Reggae Coconut Rice n’ Peas
Cheddar & Okra Cou Cou (cornmeal)
Yucca Frites
Patas Bravas
Curry Pumpkin
Sweet Plantains
Creole stewed Okra 
DESSERT
HOT FRESH COFFEE
Individual French press
CHARLESTON RHUM CAKE
rum soaked and drizzled
TRINIDADIAN FLOURLESS CHOCOLATE CAKE
Haitian coffee crème anglaise
CARAMEL RHUM AND BANANA BREAD PUDDING
rum caramel sauce
GUAVA JAM AND COCONUT PASTELITOS
baked puff pastry with tropical filling 
MAY WE RECOMMEND RHUM?
Enjoy Your Dessert with a Rum from our Rhum Bar
Wicked Dolphin (USA) – Blended with Vanilla and Sweet, Creamy, Natural Coconut
El Dorado 12-Year-Old (Guyana) – Lush Tropical Fruit and Spice with Hints of Honey and Dark Sugar, Round, Mellow, Full Bodied
Plantation Barbados 20th Anniversary (Barbados) – Spiced, Creamy Palate Entry, with Sweet Vanilla Notes, Caramel and Oaky Spices
Ron Zacapa Centenario XO (Guatemala) – Mature Toasted Oak on the Nose, Along with Burnt Caramel and Orange Peel, with a Floral Note of Honeysuckle
LUNCH MENU
CORN SOUP
pimento, coconut milk, dumplings
JAMAICAN PATTIES
baked chicken or beef filled pastries, mango chutney, dressed greens
STAMP ‘n’ GO
traditional salted codfish fritters, curry remoulade, roasted banana ketchup
APPLE KALE CAESAR SALAD
granny smith, kale, romaine hearts, radish, green papaya, cotija cheese, plantain chips
(add chicken, shrimp or salmon)
FRIED CHICKEN SANDWICH
pickled red onions, aged cheddar, hard roll, curry aioli, spicy slaw
FISH CUTTER
fried or grilled fish, hard roll, onions & tomato, herb butter, spicy slaw
THE CUBAN
layers of smoky ham & roasted pork, Swiss cheese, curry mustard, onions and pickles
THE BOWL
grilled jerk chicken OR roasted salmon OR seared tofu with sautéed kale, rice, chickpeas, okra and choice of roasted tomato sauce or coconut curry
ROTI
Curry boneless chicken, garlic pork, jumbo shrimp or seared tofu
roti skin, braised chickpeas, sweet potato and pumpkin puree, English potato
FOR YOUR OFFSPRING:
served with patas bravas, rice ‘n’ peas, sweet plantain or broccoli
Grilled Salmon Filet
Fried Chicken or Grilled Chicken Sandwich
Grilled Ham & Cheese Sandwich (or just cheese)
Jumbo Grilled Hot Dog
BAR PROGRAM
Classics
Mai Tai
Smith and Cross, Agricole, lime juice, dry curacao, orgeat, simple syrup
Mojito
Don Q, mint simple syrup, lime juice, soda, mint and lime garnish
Cane Daiquiri
Pineapple infused Plantation Rum 3, Luxardo, lime juice, simple syrup, jerk bitters
Zombie
Hamilton Jamaican, Gosling’s Black Seal, apricot brandy, Luxardo, orange juice, lime juice, simple syrup, Pussers Overproof
Painkiller
Pusser’s rum, orange juice, pineapple juice, coconut Coco Real, nutmeg
Dark and Stormy
Ginger beer, Gosling’s black seal rum
Cane Originals
Speak Easy
Pusser’s Spiced Rum, molasses, orange juice, smoked bitters, all spice
Instant Vacation
Mount Gay Silver infused with lemongrass and ginger, velvet falernum, lemon juice, orange juice, ginger beer
Right Side of the Island
Barbancourt 8, Basil infused Dry Curacao, grapefruit juice, Jack Rudy, Scotch Bonnett bitters, soda
Port of Call
Mount Gay, mango puree, lime juice, mezcal, Peychaud bitters
Modern Revolution
Red Harbour rum, Cathead chicory liquor, coconut water, house made banana liquor, almond orgeat
Daybreak
Cold coffee, vanilla infused Plantation rum, almond orgeat, Wray and Nephews rum cream, coconut water ice cubes, grated cinnamon
Frozen Drinks
So Fresh So Clean
Brugal silver, mint simple syrup, fresh cucumber, coconut water, lime juice
Bonnet’s Revenge
Scotch Bonnet’s infused Mount Gay Silver, powder Tang, mango Island Oasis
The Buccaneer
Kraken rum, velvet falernum, ginger real, jerk bitters
Straw Market
Fresh banana, Trader Vick’s macadamian, cappuccino Oasis, Matusalem White rum
Southern Living
Sailor Jerry infused with black tea, Giffard peach liquor, lemonade mix Oasis
Cocktails on Tap
St. Cecilia’s Society Punch
Christian Brothers Brandy, Mount gay Silver infused with black tea, brown sugar, lemon, clove and cinnamon, sparkling wine
Dark and Stormy
Barbados Rum Punch
*St. Cecilia’s Society Punch and Barbados Rum Punch will also be served by the pitcher.
Sangria
Peach schnapps, Cheap ass box wine, Coconut water, Apple juice, Triple sec, Pineapple infused rum, fresh fruit

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