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5 Great Restaurants in Kingston

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When most people think of Jamaican food, they imagine Jerk Chicken and “Escoveitch” fish. This is especially true for urban areas like Kingston.

Though the capital of the island, Kingston is not the cultural “hotspot” that one would expect when compared to other areas in Jamaica. Still, Kingston features a wide variety of cultural elements, including and especially, food.

While most eateries in Kingston are fast food chains, a number of restaurants around the city feature gourmet cuisine that visitors can enjoy in fine style.

The Courtleigh Hotel’s Alexander’s Restaurant

Alexander’s Restaurant is the very definition of modern luxury. The location is especially great for a relaxing lunch or dinner. Here, visitors can choose to dine under the air-conditioned comfort of the luxurious interior and delightful ambience. Visitors describe the décor as charming with a soft, tropical feel.

Their menu is an intriguing combining of succulent pork, tender beef, fresh seafood and pastas in specialty sauces.  Besides the regular menu, daily Chef specials allow the diner a variety of options that are geared to please even the most discerning palate.

To complete the tropical scenery, there is also a pool as well as a small garden nearby, featuring exotic plants and an enticing aroma.

Location: 85 Knutsford Boulevard, Kingston 5, Jamaica.

‎Redbones Blues Café

Redbones Blues Cafe is a “Jazz and Blues themed Caribbean Fusion Cuisine Restaurant and Bar”. Being quite a large place, this afternoon and late night eatery features elegant dining rooms, intimate terraces as well as enticing private gardens.

Redbones offers delectable food menus filled with a fusion of quality Jamaican and Mediterranean dishes. They serve a wide array of appetizer, lunch, dinner and dessert items amidst exciting activities including music, dancing, parties, art exhibitions, etc. Apart from the food, every day Redbones comes alive with a wonderful cultured ambiance.

Check out their lunch special. For only $12 USD, visitors can have two or three meals of their choice from the selected fixed price menu. 

Location: 1 Argyle Road, Kgn 10

Raffaele’s Gourmet Pizzeria, Orchid Village

Quietly tucked away in the Orchid Village, smack in the middle of the city, this pizzeria is like a mini-oasis in the middle of Kingston. Raffaele’s provides indoor as well as outdoor dining sections. On the outside, there is a small area that’s essentially features a covered patio seating setting for al fresco dining. There is even a nearby pond with a small, cascading waterfall.

As one would imagine, Raffaele’s also features a wide variety of gourmet meal choices as well as other exotic Jamaican choices including Jerk Chicken, Ackee and Saltfish and Calaloo. All this amidst a polite staff and quaint ambiance, Raffaele’s offers a dining experience that’s a wonderful escape from the hustle and bustle of Kingston.

For a standard gourmet restaurant, Raffaele’s prices are quite competitive. For example, their Seafood Pizza costs approximately US$20 and their House Wines, about US$7 per glass.

Location: Kingston, St Andrew Parish - Foursquare

Norma’s On the Terrace

Situated in the historic Georgian style Devon House in Kingston, Norma’s On the Terrace was labeled as one of the top 60 new restaurants in the world by Conde Nast Travel Magazine back in 2000. Since then, there has been much further improvement.

Sitting on a cool verandah, one can enjoy an intimate setting that is enhanced with the wonderful blends of traditional Jamaican cuisine, in exotic variations. As its name suggests, Norma’s On the Terrace features the world acclaimed, Chef Norma Shirley. As far as many people are concerned, Norma is arguably the Caribbean’s greatest Chef, demonstrating true elegance in gourmet style and unquestionable culinary brilliance.

Location: 26 Hope Rd, Kingston

Sir Henry Morgan’s

Sir Henry Morgan’s is a versatile restaurant that features offerings that are simple enough to appeal to every customer, but on the other hand offers top-notch dishes as well. Moreover, there is a wonderful, breathtaking view of Kingston Bay and the Blue Mountains. Set on the harbor, the richer folks can also deck their yachts right along the outdoor dining deck.

Opened for breakfast, dinner, and lunch, Sir Henry Morgan’s Restaurant serves Jamaican and international meals at an affordable price. Apart from the wonderful food and the view, the decor is clean and comforting. Their staff is also attentive yet unobtrusive. All this, combined with the fresh mountain air and wonderful décor creates an overall pleasant 3xdpeirence.

Location: Morgan’s Harbour Hotel and Marina, Port Royal, Port Royal

These highlighted restaurants have earned a special place in the hearts of Jamaicans and foreigners alike. This is as a result of their quality dishes, attention to detail, courteous staff and ultimately the exceptionally menus that they have maintained and improved over the years.

Scott S. Bateman is a professional journalist who has traveled widely throughout the Caribbean and the Americas. He is the author of four books about cruising in the Caribbean, Alaska and Mexican Riviera.
February 17, 2020

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