jamaican grill entrance
today was sunny and breezy, so we decided to have lunch somewhere with a patio. you would think that would be common on island, but no; it's too damn hot most of the time, or raining. luckily, one of our favourite restaurants, jamaican grill has one.
the patio. notice convenient jumbo sized paper towel rolls
view from the patio
as you can guess, this little but extremely popular restaurant in the chamorro village specialises in jamaican style jerk-spiced grilled items. jerk spice is a spicy, pungent mix of chili pepper, onion, allspice and other spices that is used to flavour meats before grilling or roasting. jamaican grill features everything jerked, from burgers to prawns; the downside of this is that no matter what you order, it will pretty much taste the same. the upside is that their particular spice mix is really, really good, their products are fresh, and they are expert grillers, so everything comes out cooked perfectly.
today we ordered their most popular beverage, the reggae sunsplash, a pineapple, mango, guave juice mix:
we started off with the soup, a tomato vegetable chicken combination, that was loaded with tomatoes, celery, carrots, onions, and had a very subtle spiciness:
i don't know why we ordered it, considering every meal also comes with a green salad, a chopped veggie salad or fruit bowl! i suppose the relaxed and casual atmosphere really whets the appetite.
we ordered combination plates of the two most popular items, the kingston barbecued jerk chicken, and boston beach ribs, which either come with chamorro-style red rice or a jamaican-style rice with adzuki beans:
combo with red rice
combo with jamaican rice
yes, i know, a festival of meat. but they do have seafood and vegetarian selections, including steamed fish (in white wine or coconut milk) from the fishermen's co-op next door, and a lovely vegetable curry. most entrees range from $6 to $10, and as you can see, the portions are substantial. i'm told they have some sort of dessert (a weird barbecued banana that's *not* a bananacue), but most people never get that far. they also do family and party-sized platters, and fundraising events.
in the chamorro village, across from paseo stadium.