Category Archives: Restaurant Reviews & Ratings

What did you have for Sunday Dinner?

Olive Garden has a new Mediterranean Menu and their Shrimp Scampi sure looks good. It seems as of they are still buzzing with tasty Italian cuisine and more.

Have a great week!

Photo: @love_food (Instagram)

By: Gabrielle Burgess

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Reasonable & Healthy Lunch Option near Dunrobin!

Chinese Roasted Chicken Lunch + sides and veggies – $400JMD

Directly across from Dunrobin Plaza, you can get a tasty and healthy Lunch for just $400JMD at Gym’s Kitchen.

They offer a range of options including Whole Wheat Pasta that is hard to find at Restaurants, Broccoli, Kale, Lentils and Beans, Baked and Grilled Chicken, an abundance of Sweet Potato and more.

Quick service and properly portioned lunches. #Sugaendorsed

Check them out! They are on Facebook as @GymsKitchenja and on Instagram as @gymskitchen_ja. They deliver too.

Gym’s Kitchen

Location: 35 Dunrobin Ave. Kingston 10

Ph: 876-882-0932; 876-319-3587

Opening Hours: Monday – Saturday, 6am-10pm

Delivery Hours: 10:30am-3pm

By: Gabrielle Burgess

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Suga Bears Visit Simma Soupery & Bakery

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Photo Credit: Randy Burgess

Suga Bears visited the Simma Soupery & Bakery last Saturday afternoon and had an average experience.

Simma Soupery & Bakery is a take-out only Restaurant and my Suga Bears found their service quite efficient when they were having lunch on the go.

They ordered Sandwiches and Soup. They enjoyed the tasty Chicken with pumpkin and vegetable Soup but found the Sandwiches (Pimento Beef Sandwich -$650JMD; Coconut Chicken Sandwich) to be lacking condiments, especially for their price. So they did not think they got value for money but it was a convenient stop to get food quickly.

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Pimento Beef Sandwich ($650JMD incl. tx) – Photo Credit: Randy Burgess
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Photo Credit: Randy Burgess

Simma Soupery & Bakery

Location: 157 Old Hope Road, Welcome Plaza. Shop #1. Liguanea

Ph: 876-649-7246

By: Gabrielle Burgess

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How was the New Fromage Brasserie in Market Place for Suga?! – Part 2

Suga returned to Fromage Brasserie that opened recently in the Market Place for dinner with hubby two Saturdays ago at 8pm. I hoped to have better quality food after being disappointed with the first visit.

If you would like to refresh your memory with the experience of my first visit, click here:

https://sugalifestyle.com/2017/02/15/how-was-the-new-fromage-brasserie-in-market-place-for-suga-part-1/

It was night time and diners were out. The Restaurant was full and we had no reservations so had no problem with being seated in the Courtyard. The hostess was quite pleasant and accommodating and it was refreshing to see such bubbly, courteous staff compared to the last visit.

We skipped appetizers and went straight for the main and ordered at 8:15pm. I appreciated the waitress coming to inform us that they were plating at 8:35pm, the point at which we would be expecting the food to arrive. The food came out literally 2 minutes later as promised.

My husband had the Crab Stuffed Chicken ($2400JMD) with a side of Rustic Parmesan Potatoes ($700JMD) that we could share. We weren’t sure of the serving size of the entrée but we realised a side order was not totally necessary.

The Chicken was tasty but did not ignite the taste buds.

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Crab Stuffed Chicken – Roasted Chicken Breast stuffed with Local Blue Crab ($2400JMD)

I had the Land & Sea that consisted of Beef Fillet topped off with Shrimp and Crab in a rich Béamaise sauce. I had reservations when it arrived though because after ordering, I realised the waitress made a fundamental error. She did not ask how I would like my Beef prepared. The Courtyard was full and buzzing and we weren’t exactly close to the Restaurant so I was not going to go out of my way to make the request. I ensured I pointed it out to her though and she apologised genuinely and profusely.

The Beef arrived well done, so was not as enjoyable as I would have like it to be. The Béamaise sauce was rich indeed though. It added a spicy touch to the Shrimp and Crab and also complemented the Beef well.

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Land & Sea – Beef Fillet topped with Shrimp & Crab in a Rich Béamaise sauce ($3600JMD)

The quality of food was better this time around, but different types of dishes were chosen. At the end of the day with a full tab plus G.C.T and Service charge, I think the items are too pricey for the mediocre standard of food you are getting despite the Restaurant being at a bigger and better location. I have to revisit Fromage Gourmet Market on Hillcrest but if memory serves me correctly, the quality of food was much better there and I know for a fact the prices for some of the same dishes were much less. So for now, I will stick with the original Fromage.

Fromage Brasserie

Location: Market Place- 67 Constant Spring Road. Kingston.

Ph: 876-649-0820-1

By: Gabrielle Burgess

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‘Gastronomic Experience’ from Iberostar Chef on Tour, Emma Bengtsson

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Cured Salmon [Photo Credit – Tina Davis]
Iberostar Chef on Tour had Suga Bear, Tina Davis raving over what Chef Emma Bengtsson had to offer last weekend.

Chef Emma Bengtsson, a native of Sweden is the Executive Chef of Aquavit, a 2-Michelin star Scandinavian Restaurant in Manhattan, New York.

Aquavit was established in 1987 and continues to impress and be popular with New Yorkers and travellers from around the world two decades later.

Aquavit was also the first Restaurant in New York to have both a casual Bistro and Fine dining, i.e. house 2 Restaurant concepts under 1 roof.

Chef Emma Bengtsson was made Executive Chef in Spring 2014 and her talent, experience and fresh perspective earned Aquavit its 2nd Michelin Star in 2015. So Chef Bengtsson is now the 2nd female in the US and 1st Swedish female to run a kitchen with 2 Michelin stars.

She displayed her talents, ‘bringing a gastronomic experience to Montego Bay’ according to Suga Bear, Tina Davis over the weekend at the Iberostar Grand Suites Hotel.

Tina was amazed by every course, but seemed to enjoy the Cured Salmon the most. Chef Bengtsson even added a Jamaican course that was much appreciated, consisting of Sorrel stuffed with Ackee, roasted Ackee and seared Scallop. Tina was surprised the Ackee and Sorrel complemented each other well.

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The Menu [Photo Credit: Tina Davis]
Thanks for visiting Jamaica Chef Bengtsson and Suga is looking forward to visiting Aquavit in NYC!

Aquavit

65 East 55th Street

Manhattan, New York

By: Gabrielle Burgess

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Where to Escape this Ash Wednesday!

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Would you like to eat delicious food with that spectacular view and good service?

Blue Ridge Restaurant and Cottages will be open today!

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Blue Ridge Restaurant and Cottages
Location: Salt Hill Lot 9 East Rural, St. Andrew, Blue Mountain
Ph: 562-7580
***Reservations recommended***

By: Gabrielle Burgess
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Tropical Chinese Cuisine Restaurant

Not cooking this Sunday or need a quick pick-me-upper later? Give Tropical Chinese Cuisine Restaurant a try.

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Beef with spring onions

Tropical Chinese Cuisine Restaurant

Location: Loshusan, Barbican

Ph: 876-978-0696; 876-978-8866

By: Gabrielle Burgess

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