Apsara (Anse Chastanet, Soufriere) – this restaurant serves dishes with both Indian and Caribbean influences, such as mulligatawny soup with cumin yogurt or vegetable samosas, coconut-chili king prawns, pork vindaloo, tandoori-roasted salmon, as well as lamb chops, chicken, and lobster. Its unique desserts include seamoss-flavored kulfi (Indian-style ice cream) and something called “Apsara’s Temptation” (tandoori-baked […]
Buddha Sushi (Route 38, 114-3 Estate Frydenhoj, St. Thomas) – this restaurant offers an extraordinary new concept — providing the best of contemporary Japanese cuisine and Sushi in an exciting, yet intimate setting. The architecture and decor is a well balanced blend of beautiful arches and pagodas with bright vibrant colors. The building itself has […]
Banana Tree Grille (Bluebeard’s Castle, Charlotte Amalie Harbor, St. Thomas) – this restaurant offers fine dining overlooking the world-famous Charlotte Amalie Harbor. Items on Banana Tree Grille’s menu ranges from Asian to Caribbean, Mediterranean, and steaks, as well as the failsafe seafood meals. Many visitors on TripAdvisor.com have highly rated its food & service.
Ali Baba (1214 Avenida Ashford, Condado) — Tucked discreetly off Ashford Avenue, this newcomer turns out delicious, meticulously prepared Middle Eastern and Mediterranean food, thanks to its Turkish chef-owner. Given how unpretentious this small place is, the presentation is surprisingly elegant. Start with the hummus, served with steaming homemade lavash, or the grilled cheese with […]
Aguaviva (364 Calle Fortaleza, Old San Juan) — The name means “jellyfish,” which explains why this ultracool, ultramodern place has dim blue lighting like a tranquil ocean, and lamps shaped like jellyfish floating overhead. Elegantly groomed oysters and clams float on cracked ice along the raw bar. Eating here is like submerging oneself into the […]
Carlos’ Café (22 Belmont Road, New Kingston) – this is bar in the uptown part of Kingston, frequented by well-heeled locals, along with some tourists passing by. Thursday is Karaoke night, and Friday is Latin night. It draws a professional after-work crown on Friday evenings.
Almond Tree Restaurant (Hibiscus Lodge Hotel, 83-85 Main Street, Ocho Rios) – located within this seaside resort, this is a charming upscale two-tiered patio restaurant with its eponymous almond tree growing through its roof. Seafood and other items are served here, including some with local influences, such as jerk lamb.
Boston Jerk Centre (Boston Beach, Route A4, east of Port Antonio) – the main attraction to this open-air restaurant is its popular jerk pits. Healthy portions of jerk chicken, pork, goat and fish are served here – a great introduction to BBQ Jamaican cuisine for first-time visitors. Side dishes typically include rice and peas.
Auberge Les Petits Saints aux Anacardiers (Terre-De-Haut, Îles Des Saintes) – this is a local hotel restaurant which serves various French, Caribbean and seafood dishes, along with Asian noodle items. Among regular diners, this restaurant is best known for its smoked kingfish dish. The only pitfall is that the hotel and restaurant are closed in […]
Bar Glacier (Deshaies Botanical Gardens, Deshaies, Basse-Terre) – this restaurant, which already scores points for its eco-friendly locale, serves a variety of seafood dishes, as well as vegetarian meals – served with basmati rice and French Fries. It also has available a variety of chocolate, coconut and assorted fruit desserts.