Excites the palate
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.
The Cajun grilled shrimp were finished in a flash.
As ‘pleased as puss’, Randy Bowman gets ready to dig in
The coconut ginger lobster didn’t last long.