‘Ochi’ am­bi­ence adds in­ti­mate flavour

Jamaica Gleaner - - NEWS - Tick­oya Joseph Gleaner Writer

THE BIRTH cer­tifi­cate of Restau­rant Week will show the cra­dle to be Kingston, Ja­maica. But over the years, grow­ing from strength to strength, this baby has moved to dif­fer­ent towns and the Sec­ond City, cap­tur­ing the palates of many.

Ocho Rios is one of those towns – quite a dif­fer­ent crowd to that of Kingston. The calm of the nearby sea sets the tone for those out to dine. Evita’s Ital­ian Restau­rant, Board­walk Bistro, Spring Gar­den Seafood and Steak­house and Bet­tino at the Ma­rina were host to in­ti­mate gath­er­ings of friends and fam­ily.

Evita’s, poised on the hill, of­fered a breath­tak­ing view of Ocho Rios by night, and it was fur­ther en­hanced by the sight of a cruise ship docked at the port of Ocho Rios.

The aroma from the kitchen at Spring Gar­den Seafood and Steak­house ar­rested the pop up team as far as from the park­ing lot. The soft light from the can­dles cre­ated danc­ing shad­ows that seemed to be ac­tors, adding to the script of love sto­ries that came from each ta­ble.

Board­walk Bistro of­fered a lighter scene with a staff that en­gaged the pa­trons, mak­ing it hard to leave, even when their meals were fin­ished.

Ka­dien Reid told The Gleaner that she had not been out with her son for a long time and was glad for the op­por­tu­nity to dine in fine style.

PHO­TOS BY JERMAINE BARN­ABY

The lin­guine con­tessa, served with lobster in shell, tossed with baby shrimp and lobster meat, sautéed in olive oil, gar­lic and fresh tomato sauce at Evita’s Ital­ian Restau­rant. The staff of Spring Gar­den Seafood and Steak­house Restau­rant in Ocho Rios pos­ing for our cam­era on Sun­day. Vivia Johnson shares a mo­ment with hus­band Kurt at Evita’s Ital­ian Restau­rant. A wel­com­ing party awaits you at Board­walk Bistro restau­rant in Ocho Rios. Grilled lobster tail paired with co­conut fried shrimp, served with pars­ley mashed pota­toes at Spring Gar­den Seafood and Steak­house in Ocho Rios, St Ann. Ka­dien Reid shares a slice of de­li­cious Rum Fire ice cream cake with son Andrew Gilipps at Board­walk Bistro, Is­land Vil­lage Shop­ping Cen­tre, in Ocho Rios. Board­walk Bistro’s mouth-wa­ter­ing jerk pork with sautéed potato, served with a spicy sauce.

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