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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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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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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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SUGA TASTERS, TENNYSON AND ASHLEIGH ARNOLD SHARE THEIR FINE DINING EXPERIENCE WITH EXTRAORDINARY CITY VIEWS IN SINGAPORE!

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Suga Tasters, Tennyson and Ashleigh Arnold at the Marina Bay Sands Hotel, Singapore on Saturday, September 28, 2019.

Suga Tasters, Ashleigh and Tennyson share more from their anniversary celebrations in September that took them to the other side of the world to Singapore, Bali and Vietnam!

Suga Tasters, Ashleigh and Tennyson Arnold’s Rating for Cé La Vi, on the rooftop at the Marina Bay Sands Hotel, Singapore. 

Date and time of visit: September 28, 2019 @ 7pm.

No. of diners: 2 

NB. Ratings fill 5 stars maximum 

Parking: N/A

Ambience: ★★★★★

Décor: ★★★★☆

Comfort: ★★★★☆

Service: ★★★★★

Speed: ★★★★☆

Food quality: ★★★★☯️(4.5)

Serving amount: ★★★★☆

Plating: ★★★★☆

Value for $: ★★★☆☆

Suga Taster, Ashleigh’s Breakdown!

A trip to Singapore would not be complete without a visit to the rooftop of the Marina Bay Sands Hotel and more importantly, without a visit to Ce La Vi, a swanky Restaurant and SkyBar perched atop the striking Marina Bay Sands Hotel. The menu featured a relatively wide offering of contemporary Asian cuisine and though just a tad bit on the pricey side, once you take a bite you will understand why…the icing on the cake? no doubt the 360 degree magnificent views of the iconic city!!!

What the A-Team ate!

Starter:
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CALAMARI SCHNITZEL Lemon, coriander
Main Course
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STEAMED KÜHLBARRA SEA BASS AND NAM JIM DRESSING: Thai basil, aromatic smoked fish broth
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XINJIANG LAMB: Yogurt flat bread, spiced miso tahini
Dessert
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JACKFRUIT PAVLOVA (AF) (GF): Baked meringue, jackfruit custard, jackfruit ice cream
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ICE CREAM AND SORBET (AF) (GF) (V):  Vanilla, chocolate, sea salt caramel, jackfruit, basil, ginger flower
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[Photo source: Hotels.com Singapore]

Cé La Vi, Singapore

Location: 1 Bayfront Avenue Hotel Tower 3, Level 57 Marina Bay Sands, SkyPark 018971
Ph: +65 6508 2188

Edited By: Gabrielle Burgess

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Suga’s Night of Fine Food and Bubbly with City Views at 20 South!

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An intimate setting was created last Friday night on the rooftop of 20 South Luxury Apartments for Chef Garfield Jr.’s sold out Popup Kitchen by the exclusive, Sip and Savour on the 7th floor.

Just 2 weeks after Chef Garfield pleased the crowd at Jamaica Food and Drink Festival’s Picanté with his Candied Mango Tamarind Pork, Scotch Bonnet Caramelized Onions and wild garlic challah, Suga was excited to see what he had to offer.

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I sat at Table 5 with my husband, Randy and our server was quite attentive and pleasant, ensuring that wines courtesy of CPJ kept flowing throughout the night.

I ordered The Salmon and Randy went for The Oxtail. Then we eagerly watched Chef Garfield Jr and his team prepare our dinner right in front of us, with the ambience of light music in the background and the view of city lights.

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We didn’t have to wait long before two well plated dishes arrived at our table.

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Slow Braised Oxtail tossed with local aromatics and spices, Italian dumplings, fresh parmesan and mozzarella cheese ($3500JMD).

The Oxtail was tender to the bone and tantalized the tastebuds with the local spices and flavours. The serving size was quite small, but ask and you shall receive because when Chef Garfield took a walk around to greet guests and gather feedback, he ensured extra Oxtail was brought to our table.

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Cast Iron Toasted Almond with Oven-Roasted Pineapple Crusted Atlantic Salmon, marinated and cooked in emulsified butter and deglaze with white wine ($3200JMD).

I was quite satisfied with my Salmon dish though. Decent portions, well cooked Salmon with a delicious crust on top.

Chef Garfield’s PopUp Kitchen is certainly #SugaEndorsed and another one is quickly approaching. So stay tuned to his instagram page, @chefgarfieldjr as well as Sip & Savour, @sipandsavourja (Ph: 876-665-0231).

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Chef Garfield Jr with Suga at his PopUp Kitchen last Friday, November 15, 2019.

By: Gabrielle Burgess a.k.a Suga (Founder/Owner, Suga Lifestyle)

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Suga Taster, Jehan Knight does Steak, Lamb Chops and more at ETARU Hallandale in Florida!

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Suga Taster, Jehan Knight’s Ratings for ETARU Hallandale, FL.

Date and time of visit: November 2, 2019 at 7:30pm

No. of diners: 3

NB. Ratings fill 5 stars maximum

Parking: ★★★★★

Ambience: ★★★★☆

Décor: ★★★★☆

Comfort: ★★★★☆

Service: ★★★★☆

Speed: ★★★☆☆

Food quality: ★★★★☆

Serving amount: ★★★★☆

Plating: ★★★★☆

Value for $: ★★★★☆

Suga Taster’s Breakdown!

ETARU Hallandale has dining by the terrace and an indoor/outdoor cocktail bar that specializes in contemporary Japanese Robatayaki-style cuisine. Robatayaki is when food is cooked at varying speeds over hot charcoal similar to barbecue.

Upon arriving to the restaurant, valet parking was smooth with a USD$13 charge. We were then directed to the hostess who had our reservation for three requesting outdoor seating several days prior. However, she apologized that there were no available tables outside. Once seated inside, our server, Vasiliki B. presented us with the dinner and drink menus, informed us about the cuisine offered including the fact that everything was a la carte, gave us a few minutes and then returned to take our orders.

Two servings of Pork Dumplings were requested, but one had to be sent back because a member of our party was allergic to sesame seeds. The server apologized for not asking about any allergies, as she was in a rush to get our orders in before the kitchen got extremely busy.

The downfalls with this restaurant were that a few of the dishes lacked flavour, which was appeased by the sauces they were served with. Also, the wait time, as we did not complete our meals until about 10:40pm after getting there at 7:30 pm.

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Japanese Fried Chicken with YoZu Kosho Mayo

The fried chicken lacked flavour. It seemed as if no salt or pepper was added to the batter, but the sauce was rich and had hints of lemon zest.

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Pork Dumplings with mushrooms, truffle and ponzu sauce.

The Pork Dumplings were tasty, but lacked an adequate serving of ponzu sauce to have all the flavours truly marry together.

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Grilled half Chicken with spiced lemon saikyo miso.

The Grilled Chicken was seasoned well and reminded me a bit of ‘Pan Chicken’ from home (Jamaica). The lemon saikyo sauce had the perfect consistency and provided a burst of flavour from the various oriental spices.

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Baked Sweet Potato with yuzu soft cheese.

The Baked potato had too much garnish and not enough yuzu soft cheese, so Suga Taster, Jehan was unable to fully appreciate the combo.

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New Zealand Lamb Chops with Korean spices and sesame cucumbers.

The Lamb Chops were cooked medium, with a succulent slide off the bones with each taste. The pairing of the Korean spices and the sesame cucumbers were on point.

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Broccolini, with ginger and moromi ginger.

The Broccolini was blanched perfectly, but I would have peferred if the sauce had been evenly dispersed.

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10 oz. skirt steak with wasabi chimichurri.

The Steak was cooked medium well as ordered. The wasabi chimichurri sauce added the right amount of heat to the steak.

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Yoghurt and Almond Cake with mango toffee, caramel miso Ice cream.

This dessert option was on point and satisfied our sweet tooth well!

ETARU Hallandale

Location: 111 S Surf Road, Hallandale Beach, FL 33009.

Ph: 954-271-3222

Edited By: Gabrielle Burgess

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Throwback Tuesday to Seaside Dining with Stellar Views!

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Suga’s Ratings for Juniper on the Water

Date and time of visit: Saturday, October 19, 2019 at 8:30pm

No. of diners: 4 adults

NB. Ratings fill 5 stars maximum 

Parking (Valet): ★★★★★

Ambience: ★★★★★

Décor: ★★★☆☆

Comfort: ★★★★★

Service: ★★★★☆

Speed: ★★★★★

Food quality: ★★★★☆

Serving amount: ★★★★★

Plating: ★★★★☆

Value for $: ★★★★☆

Suga’s Breakdown!

Juniper on the Water offers valet parking and has both indoor and outdoor dining, but I can’t see why you would pass up the stellar views by the water to dine indoors.

They specialise in Seafood and offer happy hour daily, dinner nightly and weekend brunch.
Our server was a bit quick on taking away the menus each time, but other than that, she was polite and quite attentive.
Serving sizes were more than generous, as some mains could be shared for two. The seafood was fresh and the dishes were flavourful. We all enjoyed our appetizers and main courses, except for the Seared Red Snapper Fillet. Jamaicans tend to prefer Saltwater fish versus Freshwater fish and appreciate a bit more seasoning.
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Red Snapper Filet (USD $28) – Roasted cherry tomatoes, charred cipollini onions, capers in a saffron broth.
Appetizers
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Ceviche Mixto (USD $16) – Shrimp, Cod Fish, Octopus, leche de tigre, shaved red onions, micro cilantro, aji amarillo dressing.
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Sautéed Mussels (USD $15) – Roasted garlic, parsley, butter, chardonnay cream broth.
The Mussels were fantastic. It could be shared amongst our party of 4.
Entrees
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Lobster Gnocchi Fra Diablo (USD $32) – Potato dumplings, garlic, cherry tomatoes, lobster meat, spicy sauce.
The Cioppino (USD $38) (Not photographed) that was a Gulf shrimp, mussels, clams, Atlantic cod, lobster meat Seafood Stew served with grilled bread was delightful as well.
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Seafood Paella (USD $38) – Toasted Israeli couscous, walnut pesto, calamari, mussels, clams, gulf shrimp, fish filet, chorizo, English peas, roasted bell peppers.
Their signature Seafood Paella lived up to its prestigious reputation. It was a steamy burst of flavour that I thoroughly enjoyed.
There was no room for Dessert, but Juniper on the Water is #SugaEndorsed.
Juniper on the Water
Location: 1975 S Ocean Dr, Hallandale Beach, FL 33009, United States
Ph: 954-544-3370
Instagram: @juniperonthewater

By: Gabrielle Burgess

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