Jah B’s Food Review

January 26, 2011 by  
Filed under Jamaica Food, Negril Places to Eat

Jah B’s Food  Review:

Location: Jah B’s has a perfect mid beach location.  From any area on the beach road you are no further than a $1.00 route taxi ride or a 15 minute walk.   Even from the far ends of Negril, Jah B’s is only a cheap taxi ride away or a refreshing walk away.

Seating: The Seating at Jah B’s is under a roof in case it’s raining or you just want to get out of the sun.  But… if you want the sun they also have plenty of outdoor tables!

Time from seating until order is taken: It’s sort of like walking into your favorite local restaurant, you walk in and say hello to Miss Joyce and say what you want or look at the menu.  It’s not a “for the love of god does this define island time” type of place, the service is fast!

Time from seating until drinks are delivered: Less than a minute!

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Time from seating until food was delivered: It really depends on what you order, everything is cooked to order so if rice takes 10-20 minutes at home it takes that long at Jah B’s.  ALL (in caps) of the food is fresh and it’s cooked to order= no heat lamps or cooked food sitting around.

Food quality: Excellent!  Generally I’ll ask for a bottle of hot sauce to spice up my food if it’s bland in taste and I never once added any to my food at Jah B’s!  While the food was not “hot in taste”, in was full of natural flavor.  Since I stayed there for 2 weeks I can attest to how fresh their produce was, it was delivered several times a week and as a guest I was able to buy it directly from the vendor.

Service quality: Relaxing!  Between Joyce (the owner) and Tim (the cook) they are both watching over you from a comfortable distance making sure your facial expressions show a love for the food and that you don’t need another drink.  Before you could even think of looking around for service, one of them will rush over to see what you need.

Food & Drink prices: Fair to cheap!  On a 1-10 of prices in Negril I would give Jah B’s a 3.  I really can’t think of many other places on the beach road area of Negril that offer better prices and not many that can match the level of service.

Overall quality: Excellent!

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Overall price: Outstanding!  For me it’s more than price, being able to walk into the kitchen and talk to the cook while he prepares my meal is priceless!  Being able to throw my menu on another table and say “this is what I want” is priceless as well.

A Special Thanks: To Seveen, ExOchiGirl and several other members of a few on-line forums for suggesting Jah b’s to me!

A Review of Jah B’s Cottages: My review of Jah B’s Cottages <—-click there

Miss Sonia Food Review Negril

May 3, 2010 by  
Filed under Jamaica Food, Negril Places to Eat

Miss Sonia a review on more than just great food!

Upon my arrival at Miss Sonia’s, I was greeted by Miss Sonia and her son Elton.  I told them that while I was hungry for some breakfast I really needed to find a Cambio (bank) so I could get some money to pay for breakfast. Note- it was my first morning in Negril and I had USD but no JMD on me. Elton offered to drive me to a Cambio about 5-10 minutes away!  Where else in the world can you find that type of service?

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Miss Sonia Review

Location: A perfect mid beach location that is within walking distance of 90% of the resorts on the beach road.

Seating: Miss Sonia’s offers covered seating that provides a nice shady area to relax and people watch while you are enjoying your meal.

Time from seating until order is taken: Since I was the only person there, my order was taken instantly.

Time from seating until drinks are delivered: My first beer was delivered within a minute or two.  Miss Sonia sort of reminds me of my grandmother in that she offered to get my other beers or I could help myself to her kitchen.  I loved the idea of being able to walk into her kitchen and helping myself to the nice cold beers in her refrig!  Where else in the world can you walk into a kitchen and help yourself and then pay on the honor system?

Time from seating until food is delivered: About 15-20 minutes but I was in the kitchen talking to Elton most of the time while he cooked so my mind was being entertained.

Food quality: Excellent!

Service quality: Excellent, I loved the whole “we can serve you or you can help yourself” concept.  I really felt like I was eating with family instead of just being a number on a meal ticket.

Food & Drink prices: Cheap!

Overall quality: My overall dining experience was one that I will remember until the day that my memory fails me or I die.  never before have I enjoyed a meal in such a friendly trusting environment.

Overall price: For the experience I had, I feel like I underpaid Miss Sonia.  Since I like to eat at as many places as possible, I really felt bad not giving her more of my business.  Every time I walked by her place she was out front and we would exchange a few words…..as I said before, she really felt like a family member or friend more than just a business owner.

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If you are heading to Negril be sure to eat a meal or two at Miss Sonia’s!

Fanso Food Review Negril

May 3, 2010 by  
Filed under Jamaica Food, Negril Places to Eat

Fanso’s Jerk Centre and Beer Garden in front of Alfred’s on the beach road in Negril Jamaica review.

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After hearing from several people how good the food and service is at Fanso’s I decided to give them a try.  Since they serve up great Jamaican pork and chicken and I don’t eat meat I thought I might have a challenge but I was wrong!  I talked to Alfanso Miller the owner and explained that I don’t eat meat and try to stay away from fish and he just smiled and suggested his “veggie chunks”.  Since I love to try new food, I order his veggie chunks with some rice.

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Fanso Review:

Location: Fanso’s has a good mid beach location in front of Alfred’s which is one of Negril’s most popular clubs.  It is within walking distance of 90% of the resorts on the beach.

Seating: The Seating at Fanso’s is open air but they do have covers over some of the tables in case it rains.

Time from seating until order is taken: Instant!  As soon as I walked in I was greeted and my order was taken.

Time from seating until drinks are delivered: Less than a minute!

Time from seating until food was delivered: About 10-15 minutes.  I was having such a great time people watching that I did not really pay attention to the time but the service was very fast.

Food quality: Excellent!  Generally I’ll ask for a bottle of hot sauce in case my food is served with a bland taste, at Fanso’s hot sauce was not needed!

Service quality: Excellent!  Fanso kept an eye on me while I ate and asked a couple of times how is food was and if I needed anything.  Out of all of the places that I have eaten at in Jamaica Fanso’s offered the best service that I have ever experienced.

Food & Drink prices: Around $700J (under $8.00 US) for my food and $200J ($2.20US) for my beer.  Note- I kept bad notes that evening so please don’t quote me on the prices.

Overall quality: Excellent!

Overall price: Perfect since I was on a tight budget but in my opinion Fanso should raise his prices to reflect his great food and service.

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Please leave a comment if you have been to Fanso’s or if you have a question about Fanso’s :-)

Ackee in Jamaica

February 18, 2010 by  
Filed under Jamaica Food

Jamaican Ackee, a great tasting food that is part of the national dish (Ackee and Saltfish).   Ackee is very cheap to eat in Jamaica, but fill up while you are there or be prepared to pay $12-$16 a can in the US!

In this first picture you can see what Ackee looks like before it naturally splits open and once it is ready to harvest.  Eating it before it splits open can make you sick and in some cases it can kill you!

Pictures of Ackee

Picture of an Ackee tree

Picture of an Ackee tree

In this second picture you can see what you actually eat (the off white stuff) and the seeds (the black stuff <don’t eat them>).

Picture of Ackee

Picture of Ackee

This is what Ackee looks like when you buy it ready to cook at a local market.

Picture of Harvested Ackee

Picture of Harvested Ackee

This is how Ackee looks when it’s served in a meal.  In the middle of this plate is a serving of Ackee and Saltfish along with some of the other ingredients that you will find in a “Jamaican breakfast”.

Picture of Ackee and Saltfish

Picture of Ackee and Saltfish