Sushi anyone? Holiday End Binge at Matthew’s Sushi Bar & Restaurant!!!


With the Holidays coming to a close last weekend, Suga and hubby, Randy visited Matthew’s Sushi Bar & Restaurant located in The Boardwalk Shopping Village across from Negril Tree House last Friday.

It’s been a bit over a year since Suga Taster, Kimberly Nesbeth enjoyed it. Let’s see how they have kept up!

Suga’s Ratings for Matthew’s Sushi-Bar-Restaurant

Date and time of visit: January 1, 2021 @ 3:30pm

No. of diners: 2

NB. Ratings fill 5 stars maximum

Parking: ★★★★★

 Ambience: ★★★★☆

Décor: ★★★★★

Service: ★★★★★

Comfort: ★★★★★

Speed: ★★★★☆

Food quality: ★★★★☆

Serving amount: ★★★★★

Plating: ★★★★★

Value for $: ★★★★★

Suga’s Breakdown:

We ordered up!

Delish, spicy Cowboy Roll ($1500JMD)* with medium Steak, Plantain & Cream Cheese.
Calamari ($1250JMD)* and finger-lickin’ Honey Scotchy Wings ($1300JMD)*
Jumbo Shrimp Tempura ($1200JMD)*
Spicy Tuna Roll ($2400JMD)* that could be more Spicy. 
Tasty Teriyaki Chicken ($1500JMD)*

There was absolutely no room for Dessert, but I was happy to see that it is baked fresh daily from The Pastry Place in the same complex.

The food and service were superb.
There was no Fireball Whisky though! So next time I will be back for The Hustler Cocktail and more. Check out their menu on their Instagram Page (@matthewsnegril) and if you’re in Negril, stop by! They are #SugaEndorsed.

*Prices quoted were subject to 10% Service Charge and G.C.T

Matthew’s Sushi Bar & Restaurant

Location: The Boardwalk Shopping Village, Norman Manley Blvd., Negril Jamaica

Ph: 876-564-1355

Instagram: @matthewsnegril

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

If you liked this Blog, follow Suga Lifestyle Online, on Instagram (@sugalifestyle), Twitter (@sugalifestyleja) or like the Suga Lifestyle Facebook page.

Suga Taster, Randy had Rainforest Seafoods’ NEW Poke Bowl for Lunch!

20200712_213643

Last Tuesday, Suga Taster, Randy Burgess ordered Rainforest Seafoods’ NEW Tuna Poke Bowl for Lunch. He thought it was definitely filling, as it had a healthy serving of Veggies: carrot, cucumber, radish, snow peas and Edamame. Additionally, it had a good serving size of Tuna and sticky Sushi Rice. The Tuna was spicy since it was drizzled with Sriracha sauce, but the Veggies cooled down the palate and everything was fresh!

20200712_213714

Was it Value for Money?

Randy thought the cost was way too much with delivery, but tasted good. By ordering through the Pekkish App, the Tuna Poke Bowl costed $1960JMD, but $2754.00JMD when delivery and service charges were added.

Any Suggestions for Rainforest Seafoods?

Suga Taster, Randy would love to see a Salad option with no rice and an option to pick up at the Crossroads branch.

Rainforest Seafoods also offers Smoked and Cooked Salmon Poke Bowls, Raw and Cooked Rolls, Sushi Platters and Bento Boxes (Japanese Lunch Boxes)  exclusively through Pekkish Jamaica in Kingston for delivery and in Montego Bay at the Seafood Market, which offers Free Delivery.

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

If you liked this Blog, follow Suga Lifestyle Online, on Instagram (@sugalifestyle), Twitter (@sugalifestyleja) or like the Suga Lifestyle Facebook page.

Suga Taster, Kim takes her Sushi craving to Atlanta!

20200128_064540

Suga Taster, Kimberly Nesbeth’s Ratings for Eight Sushi Lounge, Atlanta, Georgia

Date and time of visit: December 28, 2019 @ 6pm

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, Kim’s Breakdown!

With an environmentalist boyfriend, travelling for me means the zoo is a must, and a full day at the zoo always leaves us hungry and wanting to sit and enjoy a satisfying meal. After a splendid day at Zoo Atlanta, I consulted the reliable TripAdvisor and looked for the top ten restaurants nearby. Eight Sushi Lounge had great reviews so it was an easy choice. After we figured out it was valet parking only, we were smooth sailing.

20200128_064318

This Japanese restaurant was put together with an interesting marriage of the southern heavy wooden décor and bold ultra modern Japanese accents and accessories. We told our waiter this was our first time and he excitedly and knowledgeably guided us through the menu. We ordered the Tuna Crisp appetizer, the #Hashtag roll, Windmill roll, Explosion roll and Langoustine roll. This was our first time having pressed rolls.

20200128_064525

20200128_064411

The flavour combinations were so bold that we had to take the time to really savour each roll, despite wanting to gobble it all down. Everything was so tasty and exhilarating!

I don’t know if you’ve spotted a trend with my reviews, but of course we had dessert! We had the Matcha Cheesecake, Homemade Bread Pudding with ice cream and the Chocolate Pudding.

20200128_064635

The sweet finale was definitely pleasurable, but the Sushi is what we will be heading back to indulge in once again! This was truly an delightful dining experience.

EIGHT SUSHI LOUNGE

Location: 930 Howell Mill Rd NW, Ste B, Atlanta, Georgia 30318

Website: eightsushiatl.com

Email: info@eightsushiatl.com

Phone: (404) 796-8888

20190807_065902

Suga Taster, Kimberly Nesbeth.

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

If you liked this Blog, follow Suga Lifestyle Online, on Instagram (@sugalifestyle), Twitter (@sugalifestyleja) or like the Suga Lifestyle Facebook page.

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

20200122_045012

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 $: ★★★★★

20190807_065902
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.

20191114_121415

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!

20191114_121351

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)

If you liked this Blog, follow Suga Lifestyle Online, on Instagram (@sugalifestyle), Twitter (@sugalifestyleja) or like the Suga Lifestyle Facebook page.

How Kushite’s Closed the Summer with a Vegan Brunch!

20190909_163458

Gluten free Mushroom Paella

Suga’s Ratings for Kushite’s Vegetable Cuisine’s Summer Vegan Brunch ($4000JMD per person for a 5-course spread including Dessert)

Date and time of visit: Saturday, August 31, 2019 at 1pm

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!

Kushite’s Vegan Brunch was the perfect way to end my summer days. I was pleasantly surprised to see it was not a crowded atmosphere, but still had a steady flow of persons in and out of the restaurant.

Staff was courteous as usual and instead of a cliché buffet spread, we could select our entrée and 4 other courses would be served to us including dessert.

For the entrée, we could select Ackee with Jerked Breadfruit (Spicy, Gluten free), Steamed Callaloo and Waffles (Alkaline, Wheat free), Mushroom Paella (Gluten free) or Veggie Balls and Pasta (Gluten free).

Starters

We selected our entrées and within minutes, Jackfruit sliders arrived, followed by Black rice Sushi and Jerk Beet Kebabs. They arrived to our table like clockwork, had impressive presentation and were quite tasty. We especially enjoyed the Jerk Beet Kebabs that were spicy and tantalized our taste buds, preparing us for our entrées.

20190831_131757.jpg

Jackfruit slider

20190909_163409

Black rice Sushi

20190909_165149.jpg

Jerk Beet Kebabs

Entrées

I had the Steamed Callaloo and Waffles. The Waffles were flavourful and had the right amount of crisp. The Callaloo was delicious too.

20190831_133849.jpg

Steamed Callaloo and Waffles

My husband had the steamy Mushroom Paella that was divine. He had to share quite a bit with me.

20190909_163458

Gluten free Mushroom Paella

Dessert

The last time I had Vegan Cake that was so good, was at Stush in the Bush. Well done Kushite’s!

20190831_135732

Double Chocolate Fudge Cake and Coconut Ice Cream

The only complaint we had was that even though summer was ending, it is still extremely hot and only hot beverage options were offered with the brunch items. Nonetheless, we had no issues hydrating with their infused water.

Looking forward to the next one!

Kushite’s Vegetable Cuisine

Location: 39 Lady Musgrave Road (Inside Eden Gardens)

Ph: 876-375-0642; 876-631-9101

Instagram: @kushitesvegetablecuisine

By: Gabrielle Burgess

If you liked this Blog, follow Suga Lifestyle Online, on Instagram (@sugalifestyle), Twitter (@sugalifestyleja) or like the Suga Lifestyle Facebook page.

New Print Shop and Cafe in Town!

20180612_150049.jpg

Suga’s Ratings for PRESS

Date and time of visit: Saturday, June 2, 2018 at 1:30pm

No. of diners: 1

NB. Ratings fill 5 stars maximum

Parking: ★★★★★

Décor: ★★★★☆

Comfort: ★★★★★

Service: ★★★★☆

Speed: ★★★★☆

Food quality: ★★★★☆

Serving amount: ★★★★☆

Value for $: ★★★★☆

SuGa Endorsement: ★★★★☆

Comments: I checked out the price of Business cards while I waited on my personalised Turkey Sub Sandwich and Cold Coffee Brew. PRESS was modern, comfortable and had pleasant staff with good service. The prices for items on the Cafe menu as well as the quote for my business cards were quite reasonable. Definitely value for money and #SugaEndorsed.

Topp In Designz has expanded! Topp In is a studio that designs modern and handy Pouches for men and women, Beach bags, Thermoses, Wine bags, Decorative Stones for the garden, Mugs, Luggage tags etc. Their products are fit for practically every occasion.

It has expanded into a Print Shop and Cafe now known as PRESS – PRINT . RELAX . EAT . SIP . SHOP.

What do they Offer?

Graphic Designing, Printing, Packaging, Signs and Props for items such as Business Cards, Flyers,
Invitations, Menus, Programmes etc.

They are well-known for Foil Stamping on Paper, Leather and Acrylic surfaces,
Letterpress and T-Shirt Printing, Gift Wrapping etc. and they continue to offer those services.

What makes PRESS different from other Print/Copy Shops?

20180612_150241.jpg

PRESS likes their customers to look forward to each printing appointment with optimism, not only for their printing works, but also for the whole experience of the Cafe to drink a cold brew or smoothie along with freshly made sushi rolls, sandwiches etc. While enjoying the Cafe, you may forget about the work or errands you have pending and feel inclined to shop their readily available products.

Check them out!

PRESS

Location: Shop 21, 7-9 Ardenne Road.
Ardenne Emirates. Kgn. 10, Ja

Ph: 876.665.9685

Website: press@toppindesignz.com

Facebook; Instagram: Topp Inn Designz Ltd.; @presshopco

OPENING HOURS:
Mon – Fri: 7am – 7pm
Saturday: 9am – 4pm​
Sunday: Closed

By: Gabrielle Burgess

If you liked this Review and Promo, follow Suga Lifestyle or like the Suga Lifestyle Facebook page.

wp-image-1615849707jpeg.jpeg

Suga revisits AnneX East Japanese

wp-image-1615849707jpeg.jpeg

Top: Chicken & Shrimp Don ($2280JMD)
(Teriyaki Chicken, Shrimp Tempura and sauteed Vegi over rice)

Below: Grilled Chicken with Cream sauce ($1920JMD)

Service and speed continue to be mediocre but I love that the menu is continuously revised or new options are provided. The food continues to be good quality with decent presentation and is surely value for money.

Date of visit: Saturday, July 16, 2016

AnneX East Japanese

Ph#: 876-481-0990

Address: 71 Lady Musgrave Road. Kingston, Jamaica.

Screenshot_2016-01-20-07-50-50-1

Sushi anyone?

Screenshot_2016-01-20-07-50-50-1

Photo: @love_food on Instagram

When last have you had your Sushi fix?

Remember you can keep it healthy if you visit Roe Japanese in Sovereign North and substitute your white rice for brown rice and have your food air fried instead of deep fried. You can also have the organic gluten-free soy sauce instead of the regular, unhealthy soy sauce. All substitutions for the low calorie, healthier versions come with a small additional cost of course.

Stick to fish, avoiding shell fish such as shrimp and lobster and avoid cream cheese.

Go for it!

 

PhotoGrid_1442296123851

Did you know there is ‘AnneX’ East Japanese?

PhotoGrid_1442296123851

Have you been to East Japanese Market Place at Constant Spring Road’s mid town branch as yet? It’s called AnneX East Japanese. It’s only logical right? It is in The Courtyard, the same complex as CPJ and CRU, next to Y not Pita. Suga went on a lunch date there last Saturday afternoon at 4:15pm.

There were not a lot of people there, which I liked. So it wasn’t too busy, but not too quiet either. It was cosy and I was impressed by the modern, tasteful decor. They also had a wall with speakers, almost ceiling high, which I found unique. But no worries, they don’t blast music, they keep it mellow as their motto, ‘More casual and elegant. Mellow music’, states.

PhotoGrid_1442296782660

Service was mediocre. Pleasant welcome and fairly professional attitudes. The food arrived in reasonable time, but it took forever to get a simple Piña Colada. I asked that the rum be substituted with Appleton rum, but I could not taste even a hint of rum. The rest of the drink was lovely, smooth, thick and creamy with the essence of coconut, but failed to have the zestful taste of spirit. Since I had to wait so long for it, I didn’t bother to send it back but made sure to tell the bartender before I left. He said because I requested Appleton rum, of which they used Appleton special, that he did not know how much to add. Any experienced bartender or drinker period, knows that Appleton is a weaker rum than White rum so you would need to add more.

The food? Decent quality. I had the Tempura AnneX Special for $1270JMD including Shrimp Tempura, a tasty California Majestic Roll, an oily Seafood Fried Bean Curd and a Ginger salad, of which I only ate the shredded carrot. The rest of the salad was boring as it was just lettuce with what looked like that orange, French dressing that I hate. But the carrot is what had the pronounced flavour of ginger.

My other half enjoyed The Sushi Platter AnneX Special, also for $1270JMD with Tuna, Salmon, Hamachi Yellow Tail,  White Tuna and Rock Shrimp, along with the same salad, Cali Roll and Bean Curd. Both specials came with a Miso Soup too. The variety given at that cost was satisfying and broke the monotony of me ordering my usual Appetizer and 2 Rolls from the many options available. It worked out to be much less money, yet filling.

AnneX East Japanese

Ph#: 876-481-0990

Address: 71 Lady Musgrave Road. Kingston, Jamaica.

Date of visit: 12/9/15

NB. Ratings fill 5 stars maximum

Parking: ★★★★★

Ambience: ★★★★☆

Decor: ★★★★★

Comfort: ★★★★★

Service: ★★★☆☆

Speed: ★★★☆☆

Food quality: ★★★★☆

Serving amount: ★★★★☆

Plating: ★★★★☆

Value for $: ★★★★☆

SuGa Endorsement: ★★★★☆

Dinner is still great at Blue Window, The Pegasus, not to mention their Sunday Brunch!

I made it to the Blue Window twice in one week. What a treat. For dinner last Wednesday night, the staff were all pleasant and quite attentive. Turning off the AC in the cold, rainy weather we have been experiencing and all. The food came out in a reasonable amount of time. My beau had the French Onion soup, which was good but not as good as the one at TGIF. We also had the Grilled Atlantic Salmon with coconut cous cous and mixed green salad as well as the Hellshire inspired Steamed Fish Fillet with mashed potatoes and cooked vegetables. The Salmon was cooked just right. Most places tend to overcook it or think that black grill marks suggest it is well cooked. The Lychee Chili sauce to complement it was flavourful. The Steamed Fish Fillet had about 4 or 5 bones. But other than that it was tasty. We were too full for dessert but definitely made up for that at their Sunday Brunch.

The Brunch! Food galore, you name it they had it. What I found interesting is that since I am on my pre-Christmas diet, I thought I would have overdone my ‘cheat day’, as the food at most brunches are usually so heavy. But I was pleasantly surprised. There was also an even split of breakfast and lunch options. From what I can remember, there was the usual, Ackee & Saltfish, Callaloo and Fried dumplings. There was also Escoveitch Salmon, a unique option, but I think salmon is just not the seafood to escoveitch. The essence of the salmon is lost. Potato wedges, the Macaroni and Cheese and the Beef were good. Their Honey Roasted ham was very tasty but could be more on the moist side. Pepper Shrimp that wasn’t so peppery, Crab legs, a Sushi platter and a range of salads were present. The Sushi was delicious and their Greek salad is always appetizing. Food on the heavier side included Barebecue Pigtail, Jerk Chicken and Curried Goat. The 3-in-1 Waffle, Crepe and Roti station was unique as well, with the chef cooking up these delights with a variety of choices of fillings to suit your fancy. The Dessert section topped it off with divine Panna Cottas, Cakes and more to leave you feeling fully satisfied.

Service continued to be fully on point with staff monitoring the dining area and food stations, advising persons of options and what was available. Plates were also cleared around the clock as it should be. It was delightful to see happy, pleasant staff, as that mood somewhat transfers to diners and is an indication that General Manager, Mr. Peter Hilary is doing an excellent job.

Cost of Sunday Brunch: $3240JMD incl. tax

Time of Sunday Brunch: 11am-3:00pm