Idle Awhile: Cooking with the Chef
Dh is a big foodie and loves to cook. Idle Awhile advertises that the chef of their restaurant (Chill Awhile) will come cook for you in your room (if you have a room with a kitchen) so I really wanted to do this for dh. We called to set it up and, as was usual, the front desk acted a bit odd about it, but said they'd look into it.
The chef did indeed show up later that night and cooked chicken fricassee for us. It was really an amazing dish, but a bit of an awkward experience. Dh and I are pretty outgoing and it was clear that the chef didn't really want to converse with us so we just let him do his thing and the food was really good. If this is something that you're into don't expect a really interactive experience -- just do it for the food. Also, there was no fixed rate for this service and it was difficult for us to determine what was a fair amount to pay the chef for his time.
Coco La Palm: Great breakfast
On our first morning I found the breakfast lacking at our hotel (Idle Awhile) and the coffee was average. So we ventured next door to Coco La Palm for breakfast the second morning and then returned every morning after that. The service was prompt and friendly and the coffee was great (this was the famous Blue Mountain coffee I was hoping for!) and the breakfasts were excellent! I'm sure the other meals are great here as well!
Norm the Patty Man: Jamaican Patties
My most memorable food experience in Negril were the patties that I bought from Norm the Patty Man. He strolls down the beach with his bike and a box of fresh patties and coco bread. These are not to be missed!
Favorite Dish: The meat and veggie patties are amazing!
Original Rough House Health Food & Juice Lab: Vegetarian Restaurant
For a relax dining experience in Negril. Located on the west End, Original Rough House is not like other "commercialised restaurants" it's something new and different. Try healthy, sumptuous vegetarian dishes, freshly made fruit and vegetable juices, pastries, deserts, soups, porridges etc.
The most unique thing about the Rough House is that no chemically processed sugar is used in anything served. Only wet sugar and honey is used to sweeten.
This is also a culturally enlightening restaurant where you can learn more about our Jamaican lifestyle. See the real Jamaica!
Favorite Dish: Veggie Burger-people who are not health oriented and are "iffy" about trying vegetarian food will feel comfortable eating a veggie burger. And trust when you hear that everything else is just as good, if not better, than the burgers.
Ital stew-a combination of peas, beans, lentils and other vegetables cooked down in coconut milk and spiced with all natural/organic herbs.
(Just something more; if Bob was living this is what he would have to eat)
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Miss Sonia's: Patties
During our stay in Negril we had 1 afternoon of rain we took a walk - yes in the rain - it was so refreshing. Every Taxi which passed us stopped and looked at us as if we were mad when we didn't want a lift we wanted to walk!! However it soon came dwn very heavy we grabbd a taxi and directed him to Miss Sonia's she welcomed us with open arms we were her only customers at the time. We got a couple of red stripes and ordered patties from her menu Curries, pizza's ect are also available. Be prepared to wait as these are freshly cooked but it was lovely sitting in a sand floored local restaurant on a rainy afternoon. I was suprised at how large the patties were and glad I didn't order anything else I had chicken which was curried and my hubby had beef with vegetables both served with Miss Sonia's special sauce and plantain. Lovely
Favorite Dish: Patties
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Sun Beach: Lobster on the Beach
The best lobster I have ever eaten in my life came from the kitchen at Sun Beach.
Near the southern (town) end of Seven Mile Beach, an unassuming beachfront shack houses a tiny open-air, beachfront bar and a scattering of tables set up in the sand. Sun Beach is the kind of place you might stroll right past unless you knew about it. The bar and wait staff are efficient and courteous. The drinks are icy-cold, and the food hot and delicious.
While you dine on the beach, enjoy the sunset. Casual dining is encouraged, so wear your swimsuit and take a dip in the Caribbean between courses if you like. Or just hang out at the bar on one of the swinging chairs. Inside a nearby pavilion, you'll find a pool table, dart board, and space for dancing to reggae on the weekends.
Favorite Dish: Rock lobster is the clawless Caribbean cousin of the Maine lobster. Sun Beach has produced a succulent rock lobster tail carefully broiled in garlic butter. For a quick bite, they also offer sandwiches and burgers, as well as numerous Jamaican favorites.
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Rick's Cafe: A beautiful place to watch the sunset
Rick's Cafe is a great place to go to to watch the sunset over the Carribean Sea. They have live Reggae bands and the liqueour runs free here. Most of the patrons are tourists but none the less its a good time with a party feel. The food here is bar food and overpriced. This is also the same place where you can pay $1 to cliff dive and watch the locals show you how it is really done. A must do while in Negril.
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I would say that the jerk chicken is the jamaican official food. You'll find street vendors selling jerk chicken all aroud the insland.
They often cook it in methalic barrells that don't seem very clean and healthy, but belive me, once you try it you are not able to stop!!
They serve the chicken with BBQ sauce and some bread.
It's better if a jamaican asks it for you (if you are tourit) because there are two prices:
1-. Tourist price, about 250j$.
2-. Jamaican price, about 100j$.
Lobster in Negril beach.: LOBSTER
There are many restaurants in Negril beach where you can buy lobster in a quite low price comparing to Europe. They prepare it well, grilled with butter and garlic or with curry. Delicious!!
But don't forget that you are in jamaica, so don't wait until too hungry because they'll take about one hour to prepare it. Sometimes I used to think that they have gone to fish it!! ;-)
Ricks Cafe: Lobster Yum Yum !
Opened in 1974. Top Sunset Bar and Grill. Great Service, people watching, cliff divers, sunset, watching the dancers on the dance floor. Cliff Divers dive for tips. They do this for a living.
Favorite Dish: Lobster and Rice. The serve local and American : Burgers, pizza, filet mignon, kingfish, jerk chicken and of course speacials of the day. My husband had a drink that tasted like a chocolate sunday. Yum, yum. They serve non alcholic beverages too. Handicap accessible. All out door. If its raining forget it !
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Root Bamboo: Nice place!!!!!!!!!
in some of these restaurants local and international artists perform. some of the most famous restaurants with live performances are "risky business", "roots bamboo", "alfred's ocean palace" and "fun holiday beach" in long bay. and "negril yacht club" and "sunset bar" in west end
Favorite Dish: the offer of places to eat is almost endless in negril. you find several stalls like this on the beach, where you can taste the local fast foods. mainly jerk chicken and patties. patties were my favorite cheap meal. there is the vegetable and the meat patty. you can't leave jamaica without tasting the jerk chicken either. the local dish is rice and beans. other local delicacies are the mushroom omelets, the crabs and the lobsters. in more expensive restaurants you can also have fish meals. meal prices, as everything else in jamaica, are not cheap, though.
Bar b Barn: For fun, sun and sea stay at Bar-B-Barn
You can sip a cup of Jamaica's best Blue Mountain Coffee or you can just relax and listen to the sound of the blue Caribbean Sea.
On the horizon you can see the Caribbean's most spectacular sunset right here every afternoon.You can sample a combination of local and international dishes prepared with that special Jamaican flair
Bamboo: Lobsters are good
. the offer of places to eat is almost endless in negril. you find several stalls like this on the beach, where you can taste the local fast foods. mainly jerk chicken and patties. patties were my favorite cheap meal. there is the vegetable and the meat patty. you can't leave jamaica without tasting the jerk chicken either. the local dish is rice and beans. other local delicacies are the mushroom omelets, the crabs and the lobsters. in more expensive restaurants you can also have fish meals. meal prices, as everything else in jamaica, are not cheap, though.
Favorite Dish: the most famous beer in jamaica is "red stripe". it is a good beer, but in my opinion the "light red stripe" beer tastes better. another good local beer is the "guinness".
but this is the caribbean after all, and the number one drink is still the rum. there are several brands of jamaican rum. the most famous probably is "appletown", and the strongest is the "jb" rum (65% alcohol). too strong for you? try mixing it with juices. nothing can beat a cold rum punch
Best in the West: Good Jerk Chicken
First meal upon arrival. Hearty and decent half jerk chicken with rice and peas $6.50). Pina coladas ($4) were tasty.
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