One of the exciting parts of visiting a new country is trying out the local cuisine. When choosing a restaurant, many factors come into play such as price, type of cuisine, health conscientiousness and kid-friendliness. Be sure to check the restaurant rating and any reviews from people who have eaten there. Reviews can give you an idea of the level of service at the restaurant and the type of food, but keep in mind that everyone’s palette is different. We’ve provided a list of some of the popular restaurants in Jamaica.
- Alices Bar and Restaurant
- Dickie's Best Kept Secret
- Mary's Bay Restaurant and Bar
- Ras Rody's Roadside Organic
- Rockhouse Restaurant
- Royal Thai-Sandals
- Selina's Coffee Bar and Eatery
- Sips & Bites
- Sweet Spice Restaurant
- The Twisted Kilt Lounge
- Toscanini's Restaurant
½ lb saltfish(cod) 12 ackees (or 1 can drained) 1 medium onion, chopped ½ tsp black pepper 3 tbsp butter ½ scotch bonnet pepper, finely chopped 1 red bell pepper 1 tomato, chopped 1 tsp dried thyme 1 clove of garlic
Cover the saltfish in cold water and soak overnight. (change water every few hours to remove salt) Bring a saucepan with water to boil. Add fish and simmer for 20 minutes or unil cooked. Remove from water and cool. Skin and debone fish, then flake the flesh of the fish. Melt the butter in a medium frying pan. Stir fry onions, garlic, thyme, scotch bonnet pepper, red pepper and black pepper. Add tomatoes and fish and fry for 10 minutes. Add all the ackee and stir gently. Cook until just hot. Best served with fried plantain, yams and fried dumplings.
Settlers from all parts of the world have influenced the cuisine in the Caribbean. Popular elements of Caribbean cooking include spices such as pimento, ginger, nutmeg, garlic and cloves. Many of the Caribbean islands use spicy peppers such as the scotch bonnet, habanero and jalapeno peppers. Jamaica is most famously known for its spicy jerk seasoning, while Grenada is known for its use of nutmeg and Cuba is popular for it’s garlic and lime marinades.
Many of the islands produce their own brand of beer and rum, such as Red Stripe and Appleton Rum in Jamaica, and Banks in Barbados. Along with these popular alcoholic drinks, be sure to try these non-alcoholic drinks: mauby, Ting, ginger beer, carrot juice, Irish moss, coconut water, soursop, sorrel, horlicks, mango juice and guava juice.