What's Cooking In Jamaica
Jamaican If you’re ever looking for somewhere in Kingston to completely unwind and enjoy some great Jamaican cuisine - Chillin’ at the Serengeti is it! It's rustic layout is totally in sync with the lush flora & fauna that surrounds it and their menu is pretty extensive offering something for every palate!
Their menu includes but is nowhere near limited to these must-try dishes:
The Cellar 8 KGN experience begins on entry!
Ultra modern yet inviting, the design & decor at Cellar 8 KGN are in perfect harmony with their menu offerings!
Cellar 8 is a wine aficionado's dream, boasting over 300 wines from which to choose; some of which are unique to Cellar 8 KGN like the Chakana wines. Friends & colleagues can relax, celebrate or reconnect over a drink from their well stocked premium bar either at the bar, a table or in the cool lounge upstairs. This in addition to savouring delectable bites served by knowledgeable, attentive & friendly staff!
Their menu offerings are wide, varied & scream attention to detail - flavour combinations are off the chain!. Hats off to Executive Chef Ramesh Maragh & his culinary team on this! Not very knowlegeable about wine? No problem! Gillian, their in-house wine guru is usually on hand to guide and educate!
Some of what we sampled - all of which had our taste buds doing the happy dance!
A truly great place to enjoy life one sip at a time and gastronomic delights! Thanks to Cellar 8 KGN for accommodating us! We'll be back sooner than you think!
Team Pop Up Gourmet Jamaica
Restaurant Week 2016 Jamaica got off to a robust start with many rushing to make reservations at their favourite dining haunts. This year's event dubbed Eat In Dine Out offered persons not into the hustle and bustle the option of ordering in.
Our team opted to dine at Nirvana, the newest Indian restaurant in Kingston and we were not disappointed! For starters we had the tandoor grilled fish tikka marinated with yogurt and indian spice. This was followed by the Butter Chicken (tandoori chicken pieces tossed in a rich aromatic tomato and cream gravy) & the Thai Coconut Infused Green Curry Shrimp served with Garlic Naan & Basmati Rice - Deelish! For dessert we had Cheesecake flavor Kulfi (home-made indian ice-cream)
Twas a great dining experience- great service, great food. Money well spent! No hitches here!
Thoroughly enjoyed working with the Jamaica Yellow pages on this project which involved traversing the island with nine of Jamaica's talented young chefs sampling fare from hot Jamaican restaurants & food spots - among them Holland Bamboo for some of Musso's Curry Goat , Coconut Curry Shrimp at Allshmars in Port Morant, Steamed Fish at Anglers in St Anns Bay & Jerk Pork from G& B in Buff Bay.
This year, Pop Up Gourmet Jamaica was charged with the responsibility of identifying and selecting the participants for this year's Observer Food Awards Chef On The Rise Competition and co-producing the judging event by sponsors the Jamaica Yellow Pages. It was a challenge which we happily took on and set about our research in earnest; the criteria - young unknown but talented chefs passionate about their craft.
For almost three weeks we worked closely with these chefs traversing the entire island with Coaching Executive Chef George Matthews stopping and tasting dishes at nine of Jamaica's hidden food gems. The Chefs Challenge - to re-create one of the dishes sampled at one of our nine food stops putting their own twist on that dish. Who got which dish? This was decided by a drawing of location after the last stop.
The Judging Event @ the Spanish Court Hotel
The three finalists were Volae Willimas (1st place), Ricardo Allen (2nd place) & Lucian Dunn (3rd place). There were no losers here. Twas indeed a pleasure working with these very talented chefs who were said to be the best bunch yet in this competition!
Tea Tree Crêperie
What do you have when you combine a party promoter/marketer/website designer genius, a former diplomat and European based cuisine? Why none other than Jamaica’s first crêperie which has already become famous for their crepes and other delectables. Previously housed at the enclave called 8 Hillcrest, it now has a larger and more airy new location at 80 LMR on Lady Musgrave Road.
BOSTON in Portland - home of Jerk - Fish, Chicken, Lamb, Lobster
PORUS - for the sweetest fruits
MOUNT ROSSER - for finger-licking good Roast Yam or Roast Sweet Potato served with + Saltfish.
SCOTTS COVE (border of Westmoreland & St. Elizabeth) for some of the tastiest Fried Fish + Bammy & Conch Soup
HOLLAND BAMBOO for the succulent & delicious Curry Goat @ Musso's
MIDDLE QUARTERS - for spicy nice Pepper Shrimps & Janga Soup
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