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Jamaica 2018 Carnival: Where to eat in Kingston

Carnival season is just around the corner and soon it will be time to party! But having a fantastic time takes energy and so it’s important to keep refueling. Here’s a selection of the restaurants and cafes Kingston has to offer hungry revelers.  

Breakfast

Two great breakfast spots are Eleni's Bakery in Sovereign North Plaza and Tea Tree Creperie on Lady Musgrave Road. Eleni’s offers freshly baked pastries and crunchy baguettes still warm from the oven, accompanied by coffee and fresh orange juice. At Tea Tree, all kinds of crepes are on offer – their signature dish is the smoked marlin crepe with cream cheese, capers and homemade chunky pepper jelly.

(Image: Pastry from Eleni's, crepe from Tea Tree)

Quick eats

For patties – warm pastries with savoury fillings like beef, jerk chicken and shrimp – try Tastee Patties or Juici Patties. Both are chains with multiple outlets across the island that also offer traditional breakfasts such as saltfish and akee.

Another great option is the Devon House bakery, which offers all the usual flavours plus a widely-praised curried goat patty. For an all-purpose outlet that offers drinks and snacks during the day, Cafe Blue and Cannonball Coffee are two reliable options.

(Image: Patty, Stu Spivack via Flickr)

Jerk

If you are after jerk – meat or fish marinated in a fiery spice mix – then try Chateau 7 in north Kingston, on the A3 cross-island road. Reviewers say its jerk pork is out of this world and praise its silver snapper pepperpot soup. More centrally, both Pepperwood Jerk Centre and Sweetwood Jerk Centre offer delicious jerk (sausage, ribs and lamb as well as chicken and pork), traditional sides and a relaxed vibe.  

 

Dinner

M10 Bar & Grill, to the east of National Heroes Park, is a relaxed outdoor eatery offering Jamaican flavours. Reviewers pick out the curried goat, fried chicken and steamed fish as particular highlights.

Uncorked, in Sovereign North Plaza, began life focusing on wine and cheese, but has expanded to provide a full range of mainly western dishes. Its burgers are great, as are its salads, and there’s a nice outdoor area to sit in.

If you want to celebrate Jamaica’s sprinting icon, pay a visit to Usain Bolt’s Tracks and Records, a sports bar with a wide menu. As well as pizza, pasta and burgers there are Jamaican fusion dishes like jerk spring rolls.

Nirvanna, on Lady Musgrave Road, offers Indian (and some Thai) cuisine with fantastic flavours. There’s a full range of meat and fish dishes from the tandoor oven, and vegetarians will enjoy offerings including palak paneer (spinach with curd cheese and spices) and the Punjabi chole (tangy chickpeas masala).   

 

Fromage, on Hillcrest Avenue, serves European fare with a Mediterranean slant. Menu highlights include blue crab cakes with spicy aioli and pomegranate glazed salmon, as well as various pastas, burgers and salads. It also serves breakfast.

Gloria's Seafood might be a 40-minute taxi ride from downtown Kingston in the town of Port Royal, but for many it’s a pilgrimage to one of Jamaica’s best known restaurants. Here the emphasis is on seafood – delicious snapper or coconut curried shrimp are two examples. Sit back, order a Red Stripe and enjoy some people-watching as you wait for your food.  

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