The soundtrack to a slap up meal in Jamaica: ‘I’m in the mood for Love’ by Lord Tanamo
We can’t think of anywhere more satiating than an island with jerk seasoning and fresh seafood in abundance, so to whet your appetite, here are our favourite culinary spots for a true flavour of Jamaica.
The lobster Shack
When you’re surrounded by fresh Caribbean waters, you’d be crazy not to treat yourself to seafood that’s come straight from the sea to your plate, and the menu at the Lobster Shack offers just that dining experience. Sat right on the ocean front, enjoy the sunset on the Ochos Rios Horizon as you dine. Perched on Fishermans Bay, with no menu on display, you’re in for a taste of truly local and passionate cuisine. Watch the fresh lobster tails crack open, stuffed with seasonal vegetables and spices, wrapped up in foil and put on the grill. Within minutes your seafood sensation is served with a can of artisan beer.
Dickies best kept secret
If you’re looking for a little bit of local charm, head up to to the eastside harbour of Port Antonio. Perched over the Harbour cliff, Dickies Best Kept Secret is in a stellar location for seaside views. The venue however, is far from your ordinary jerk chicken shack. Knock on the door of the quaint martime inspired cottage and be welcomed in with open arms by Dickie himself. Hear his tales of the Island as he prepares you an impressive four course dish, tailored to your tastes. It almost feels as if you’re round a friend’s house for supper, except with a load of Jamaican flair and flavour sprinkled on top. Think lobster omlete, jerk kebabs and roasted vegetables, followed by a generous serving of rum cake.
Norma’s on the Beach
If you’re looking for a little bit of luxury, make sure you enjoy a meal at the award-winning Norma’s on the Beach. In the postcard perfect resort of Negril, sit down on the shaded decking overlooking the white sands and turquoise shores. Here Caribbean flavours combine with world cuisine to create Nuevo Latino, Carib Asian and New World Caribbean dishes. Enjoy local wines and tropical cocktails paired with each course freshly prepared with locally farmed foods. A fabulous fine dining experience a cut above the rest.
When you’re in Jamaica you’re sure to be vying for a taste of real jerk chicken, and if you want original and the best, book a table at Scotchies. Famed for it’s scotch bonnet hot sauce and traditional jerk spice marinade, be preared to be blown away by flavour. Step into the vaulted hut and be welcomed with the spicey smoky aromas from the open BBQ. Your taste buds will be desperate to order before you’ve even sat down. Grilled over pimento wood and never on the coals, you get a traditional Jamaican kick.We reccomend the jerk chicken with a can of refreshing Ting to wash it all down.
The Pelican Bar
Whatever your culinary tastes and desires, there is one place we know every traveller will enjoy. Buy a beer at the Pelican Bar and you’ll be drinking atop the Caribbean sea in a stilted shack built from driftwood. That’s right, a bar on water. It’s all very Robinson Crusoe. Lying slightly off the beaten track on the South Coast of Jamaica, you’ll truly feel as if you’ve escaped the crowds and entered a true Jamaican paradise. It takes a boat ride to get to and there’s a distinct lack of frills and facilities here, but that’s where the beauty of the Pelican Bar lies.