Ex­cites the palate

Jamaica Gleaner - - FOOD - Randy Bow­man As­sis­tant Life­style Editor

THE PARISH of St Cather­ine con­jures up im­ages of old-world charm. A parish filled with mon­u­men­tal land­marks, it is also known for one of Ja­maica’s most pop­u­lar fish­ing vil­lages – Old Har­bour Bay.

Lo­cal res­i­dent Adrian Sa­muda longed for a chill spot close to home. Af­ter ad­e­quate re­search and enough cap­i­tal, he opened the doors of the now pop­u­lar hotspot — Kaluga Kafe. Within months the name was hot on every­one’s lips, and when Eat Around Ja­maica vis­ited, it was ob­vi­ous.

With an au­then­tic lo­cal am­bi­ence, Kaluga is lo­cated just on the out­skirts of the hus­tle and bus­tle of the town. Brag­ging that all the dec­o­ra­tive el­e­ments used in the cafe were made on the rock, Sa­muda gave the EAJ team a quick tour, fol­lowed promptly by the ex­ten­sive menu.

If you know me, I am usu­ally the first one to rush off to lunch, and so by this, I was ready and rar­ing to go. The warm and invit­ing pres­ence of the staff made my four-dish re­quest a breeze, and they were quick to as­sist with the bev­er­ages that would per­fectly com­ple­ment each dish.

Af­ter mere min­utes, the mid­day sun was no match for the tan­ta­lis­ing ap­pe­tis­ers — Kaluga sam­pler plat­ter — com­bi­na­tion of three de­lights, in­clud­ing drunken wings, es­cov­eitched fish Oh! Where to start? Randy Bow­man spins the bot­tle to de­cide which dish to start on first.

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