Wining & DiningAn evening out can be enjoyed at any one of the local restaurants. There are also several great in-house dining options at the various hotels in the area. Travelers would be remiss not to take advantage of local vendors at the main town center where a fresh catch of the day, a savory vegetarian dish or a mouthwatering jerk offering at Piggy’s Jerk Centre are guaranteed to satisfy almost any craving.
Feast on bespoke local and international cuisine, and in particular a unique brand of Jamaican fusion fare, which blends home-style West Indian spices with cutting-edge global recipes. A more traditional Continental menu is available, as well as a variety of housemade Jamaican dishes, including oxtail stew, coconut curried shrimp, ackee and salt fish, seasonal fruits and garden-fresh vegetables. All meals are served alongside custom-blended elixirs at Geejam Hotel’s exquisitely situated Bushbar with its backdrop of the Blue Mountains complemented by the Caribbean Sea.
For fine dining in an idyllic setting, book a reservation at the Mocking Bird Hotel’s Mille Fleurs restaurant. Featuring a unique fusion of Caribbean and Continental cuisine, the menu emphasizes fresh local and seasonal ingredients as well as daily specials and four-course offerings. Highlights include housemade Cassava Pasta, Pimento-crusted tofu and a wide variety of savory meat and fish dishes, not to mention wonderful appetizers and a full selection of wines.
A popular go-to with a sublime view of the harbor, Anna Banana has been a long-running favorite among locals. Fresh seafood prepared in a range of Jamaican styles is the main draw, while nightly specials such as curried goat and stewed peas are also on tap. A wide range of tempting vegetarian dishes are served daily, and guests are encouraged to make special requests of the chef. There are also two pool tables and great tunes for kicking back, hanging out and absorbing the flavor of island life.
The Italian Job
For wonderful Italian dishes, including homemade pizza, this Harbour Street hot spot is the ideal canteen to satisfy your appetite. Tasty Jamaican staples, including savory escovitch fish and the ever-popular rice and peas, are also on the menu. The Italian job is a good place to imbibe Port Antonio’s rhythm and energy while indulging in delicious local fare.
Boston Jerk Centre
Considering that Portland is the birthplace of jerk, Boston is hands-down one of the best recommendations in the area. Working from a series of open-air stalls, cooks will prepare incredible jerked pork, chicken, sausage, fish and lobster grilled to perfection while you wait. Of course there is fresh festival, breadfruit, sweet potato and rice and peas to accompany the meats, as well as natural juices, beers and straight-from-the-source coconut water. Boston is a leisurely thirty-minute drive from downtown Port Antonio, and well worth the journey.
Mike’s Supper Club
Acting as a Cabaret Lounge with a private speakeasy vibe, Mike’s Supper Club’s unique atmosphere captures the spirit of the ‘High Life’ Calypso Bop era while giving a generous nod to Harlem’s cultural and musical renaissance. The soaring ceilings and plush decor provide an exceptional gathering place to enjoy drinking, dining and socializing as the evening heats up. The crowning gem is a Ferrari red 1917 Steinway baby grand piano where some of the best voices in world, jazz and bop music leave their nightly signature. Located at the Trident Hotel, Mike’s in-house dining menu is a delicious fusion of bespoke Japanese-Jamaican fare with inventive global accents.