Category Archives: Restaurant Reviews & Ratings

Suga Taster, Kimmy makes a stop at Matthew’s Sushi-Bar-Restaurant in Negril!

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Suga Taster, Kimberly Nesbeth’s Ratings for Matthew’s Sushi-Bar-Restaurant

Date and time of visit: November 14, 2019 @ 1pm

No. of diners: 3

NB. Ratings fill 5 stars maximum

Parking: ★★★★☆

 Ambience: ★★★★★

Décor: ★★★★★

Comfort: ★★★★★

Service: ★★★★★

Speed: ★★★★★

Food quality: ★★★★★

Serving amount: ★★★★★

Plating: ★★★★★

Value for $: ★★★★★

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Suga Taster, Kimberly Nesbeth of Suga Lifestyle

Suga Taster, Kimmy’s Breakdown!

We had a long drive from Kingston to Negril for a business meeting and took the opportunity to try one of the new restaurants on the strip; Matthew’s had its official opening on September 14th, 2019.

On entering you are welcomed by a wide, tastefully branded Appleton Estate Matthew’s Bar and wallpaper with beautiful photos of a variety of Jamaican landscapes. The dark wooden decor finishes and free wifi were very welcoming and our host greeted and seated us quickly.

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My party of 3 ordered Calamari and Wings for appetizers and Coconut Curry Shrimp, honey glazed Salmon and torched Salmon Rolls for the main course. The Calamari was enough to share and EVERYTHING was really tasty. Meal portions were just adequate. My party was satisfied, but I wasn’t leaving without dessert! We shared the Tortuga Rum Cake with Ice cream.

A pleasant dining experience with welcoming, attentive staff and tasty food. Nothing we had was remarkable enough to plan a trip around visiting this restaurant, but I would add it to the list of options if you happen to be in Negril.

Massive kudos to our waitress who honoured my request for honey and lime to accompany my white rum in an attempt to keep my pesky cold at bay!

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Matthew’s Sushi-Bar-Restaurant
Location: The Boardwalk Shopping Village, Norman Manley Blvd., Negril, Jamaica  
Phone: (876) 564-1355  

Edited By: Gabrielle Burgess (Founder/Owner, Suga Lifestyle)

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The Terrace at The Terra Nova Continues to be Top-Notch for Fine Dining

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Escargots baked in Herb Garlic Butter (USD$18.95)

Suga’s Ratings for The Terrace at the Terra Nova All Suite Hotel 

Date and time of visit: Monday, December 30, 2019 @ 8:30pm

No. of diners: 4

NB. Ratings fill 5 stars maximum 

Parking: ★★★★★

Ambience: ★★★★★

Décor: ★★★★★

Comfort: ★★★★☆

Service: ★★★★☆

Speed: ★★★★☆

Food quality: ★★★★★

Serving amount: ★★★★★

Plating: ★★★★☆

Value for $: ★★★★★

Suga’s Breakdown!

The Terrace continues to be one of the few dependable fine dining restaurants in Jamaica. The quality of the food remains top-notch. The service is up there too, but the waiters could loosen up a little. Though professional, they could be more pleasant and use a bit of charm.

The Terrace has a quiet setting with ambience ideal for conversation as we enjoyed our courses.

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Caribbean Marlin Plate – Thinly sliced Caribbean Marlin served with Marlin Ceviche, Herbed Cream Cheese and Tropical Fruit Salsa, Lime and Balsamic Vinaigrette (USD$17.95)
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Seafood Risotto with creamy Arborio Rice, Grilled Lobster, Shrimp, Scallops, Mussels, Herbs and Parmesan (USD$35.95)
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Grilled Filet Mignon with sautéed Mushrooms and Béarnaise sauce (USD$46.50)
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Crème brûlée !

If you have visitors for business or pleasure, a special date or occasion, The Terrace at Terra Nova is #SugaEndorsed.

The Terrace at the Terra Nova All Suite Hotel 

***Reservations Recommended***

Location: 17 Waterloo Road. Kgn. 10.

Ph: 876-926-2211; 876-926-9334

By: Gabrielle Burgess

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There is a NEW Spot to Pig Out on Ribs in Town!

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Suga’s Ratings for Zack’s Smoke Shack

Date and time of visit: Saturday, January 4, 2019 @ 8pm

No. of diners: 2

NB. Ratings fill 5 stars maximum 

Parking: ★★★★★

Ambience: ★★★☆☆

Décor: ★★★★★

Comfort: ★★★★☆

Service: ★★★☆☆

Speed: ★★★★☆

Food quality: ★★★☆☆

Serving amount: ★★★★☆

Plating: ★★★★☆

Value for $: ★★★★☆

Suga’s Breakdown!

There is a new Barbecue Smoke Pit in town and it looks like enterprising restaurateur, Kirk Chin of Fromage and more has something to do with it 😉

The new Southern style spot opened its doors just last Thursday, January 2, 2019. It is close to the entrance of Market Place avoiding all current Market Place construction and gives you a Texas vibe upon entry where they nailed the modern ‘Pig Pen’ decor, literally.

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Suga visited last Saturday for Dinner. There is indoor and outdoor seating, but at the moment, it seems like you need to go to the cashier to order, then take the number for your table and pick your desired spot if dining.

The staff is green, but pleasant and attentive. My husband, Randy does not eat Pork (go figure!), so was looking forward to their Beef Brisket. We would have to return for that though, because its coming soon. Otherwise, their Menu, which is likely to change looked like this!

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We ordered a 1/2 pound of the Ribs, 1/4 pound of the Chicken, a large Mac & Cheese, Fries and 2 Beers. Our bill came to roughly $6000JMD, which I found to be quite reasonable because we were also quite satisfied after the meal.

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The Chicken was a bit on the dry side, but they had such a variety of tasty sauces to cover that up and why go to a Pig Pen for Chicken?! The Ribs and Bun Fyah sauce were fire! *I must say that Bun Fyah sauce was quite similar to Stush in the Bush’s Blow Fyah sauce. The formula to spicy heaven.

Tender, juicy ribs that were definitely some of the best that I’ve ever had, with buttery soft corn muffins that had the right touch of sweet really hit the spot.

The Mac & Cheese needed salt, a sharper cheese or some herbs though. But again, their sauces could help with that. I saw some kids at another table plaster their Mac & Cheese with sauce. The Bourbon sauce was quite good.

The Fries were quite tasty if you need another recommended side option.

Anyhow, Zack’s Smoke Shack is a casual, reasonable, family friendly dining spot that should do well and Suga will return.

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Zack’s Smoke Shack

Location: 67 Constant Spring Road. Market Place. Kingston 10. JA

Ph: 876-404-5265

Opening Hours: Sundays – Thursdays @ 11am – 10pm; Fridays – Saturdays @ 11am – 11pm

Instagram: @zackssmokeshack

By: Gabrielle Burgess

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SUGA RINGS IN THE YEAR IN LOOP NEWS!

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HAPPY NEW YEAR FROM SUGA!

I am Réved UP for 2020 in my locally made Sandals from Rêve Jewellery and Accessories and Dress from local, Fashion Designer, James Black of Love YC!

I hope to bring to you more of what Brand Jamaica has to offer this year via my Jamaican brand, Suga Lifestyle with my GW Art, other talented local artisans, Sports (Tokyo 2020 Olympics is almost here!), Restaurant Ratings and Reviews, Charities, Health and Fitness.

Suga Lifestyle events provide an exclusive shopping experience in comfort, with the best confectioneries and the opportunity to sip and lyme in a cool, cosy setting, with others that enjoy shopping for unique, high quality locally made products.

Speaking of which, did you see LOOP’s write up yesterday on Suga Lifestyle’s Christmas Connection?! If you missed it, check it out here:

http://www.loopjamaica.com/content/all-my-christmas-shopping-gifts-one-place-suga-lifestyle-did-it

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Have a Happy, Healthy, Successful and Prosperous New Year Suga Bears! ~XoXo, Suga💖

By: Gabrielle Burgess

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Where to Indulge in Juicy Steak before the New Year!

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Sizzling Ribeye Steak recommended for two ($8500JMD): Grilled and served on a sizzling cast iron pan, finished with demi-glaze, truffle butter and mashed potatoes.

Need to indulge in a juicy Ribeye Steak before the New Year? Chef Alex D-Great has left Steak House on the Verandah in Devon House, but not to worry, Chef Jermaine Erskine and his team of two other Chefs have taken over in fine fashion.

I was a bit worried since I was treating my husband for his Birthday dinner on December 3rd, but I had friends who had gone recently and said the standard was still high. I am in total agreement. Service was commendable, the Ribeye that we shared was cooked to order, medium rare perfection and our sautéed Escargot starter in pesto cream and a puff pastry shell was delicious as well.

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Sautéed Escargot starter in pesto cream and a puff pastry shell ($1500JMD)

The pocket may have to run a bit deep for your visit, but you get value for your money. #SugaEndorsed

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Steak House on the Verandah

***Reservations Recommended***

Location: Devon House

Ph: 876-616-8833

Facebook: @steakhouseja

Instagram: @thesteakhouseja

Opening Hours:

Mon. to Sat. @ 12 noon – 9:30 pm

***Closed on Sundays*** 

By: Gabrielle Burgess

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Seaside Dining with Chef Conroy Arnold that’s not too far away!

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Suga Taster, Taraja Jackson.

Suga Taster, Taraja Jackson’s Rating for Christopher’s at Hermosa Cove

Date and time of visit: November 17, 2019

No. of diners: 4

NB. Ratings fill 5 stars maximum 

Parking: ★★★★★

Ambience: ★★★★★

Décor: ★★★★★

Comfort: ★★★★★

Service: ★★★★★

Speed: ★★★★★

Food quality: ★★★★★

Serving amount: ★★★★★

Plating: ★★★★★

Value for $: ★★★★★

Suga Taster, Taraja’s Breakdown!

Christopher’s at Hermosa’a Cove was the perfect Sunday evening setting. Tucked away on the beautiful beachfront property at Hermosa Cove, the restaurant overlooks the sea for a casual, yet intimate dining experience.

The menu was diverse with a sample of Jamaica’s unique fusion of European, Asian, and Indian flavours with local favorites, braised Oxtail, steamed Callaloo with Scotch bonnet peppers, and of course, jerked Chicken. However, Executive Chef Conroy Arnold decided to tantalize our taste buds with a selection of some of his signature dishes for a unique culinary experience. Our Chef’s special dishes consisted of six courses totalling $7000JMD each and included Red Peas soup, a delicious Salad with tomato, feta cheese and arugula topped off with a honey mustard vinaigrette. We also had a Shrimp alfredo puff pastry, Mahi-Mahi in eggplant sauce, Beef tenderloin with grilled sweet corn and for dessert we had Crème brûlée and a Banana flambé.

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Salad with tomato, feta cheese and arugula topped off with a honey mustard vinaigrette.
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Mahi-Mahi in eggplant sauce.
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Shrimp alfredo puff pastry.
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Banana flambé.

There were no delays during the courses, however it was a quiet night, which allowed for personalized, attentive treatment. Chef Arnold did an excellent job showcasing his talent and the group was extremely satisfied and pleased with the service.

Christopher’s at Hermosa Cove continues to be #SugaEndorsed !

Christopher’s at Hermosa Cove

Location: Hermosa Lane, Pineapple Hermosa Cove, Villa Resort & Suites, Ocho Rios

Ph: 876-974-3699

Edited By: Gabrielle Burgess

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Throwback Thursday to a Cliffside Dinner in Negril!

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Suga’s Ratings for The Lodge Restaurant at Tensing Pen Hotel

Date and time of visit: Saturday, November 23, 2019 at ~5:30pm

No. of diners: 2 adults

NB. Ratings fill 5 stars maximum 

Parking: ★★★★★

Ambience: ★★★★★

Décor: ★★★★☆

Comfort: ★★★★☆

Service: ★★★★★

Speed: ★★★★★

Food quality: ★★★★☆

Serving amount: ★★★★★

Plating: ★★★★★

Value for $: ★★★★☆

Suga’s Breakdown

The Lodge Restaurant had an intimate, open air setting overlooking the Caribbean sea from the cliffside in Negril. It’s name is quite appropriate with its homey, wooden and log decor, similar to a getaway log cabin or lodge. So homey, you would meet resident Ridgebacks, Tensing and what looked like his brother. No need to worry though, once ignored, they stayed at a tolerable distance and quietly moved to the next table. The thatched roof and seaside views made you remember you weren’t anywhere cold, but enjoying island temperatures and sea breeze instead.

We caught Negril’s famous sunset and enjoyed the well mixed cocktails from the bar and the Grilled Garlic Lobster, which was the special for the night. The Chef’s grill is visible to diners and the Lobster was freshly caught, cooked and seasoned to perfection. The dish was delish!

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Grilled Garlic Lobster

Most of the variety of items on the menu are done to order and seafood is freshly caught, but service was still timely and the staff were quite attentive and courteous.

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Tensing Cool Runnings (USD$10): Whisky, Orange, Pineapple, Ginger Beer; Blue Lagoon (USD $10): Wray & Nephew White rum instead of Vodka, Blue Curacao, Liqueur, Lemonade

Cheers to visiting The Lodge Restaurant! I had a pleasant, memorable stay at Tensing Pen too. It’s #SugaEndorsed.

The Lodge Restaurant at Tensing Pen

Location: Tensing Pen Hotel. West End Road, Negril

Ph: 1-800-957-0387 or 876-957-0387

By: Gabrielle Burgess

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