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“There are no palm trees. It looks like a typical Caribbean restaurant. Like home, not the beach,” says Petra Laptiste, a Canadian of Caribbean descent, describing her favorite Caribbean restaurant in Tokyo, JamRock (1-21-15 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo; 03-3478-2364; www.jamrockcafeonline.com).

JamRock doesn’t peddle hackneyed images of Caribbean life (no Bob Marley posters on the wall); it specializes in authentic, home-style Jamaican cooking. Case in point: The most popular item on the menu isn’t that tourist favorite, jerk chicken; it’s oxtail and butter beans.

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