My family and I took our first trip to Ottawa in late August. To plan for the trip, I researched attractions, shopping areas and family-friendly restaurants in Ottawa. I came across Lil' Negril Island Grill on the Trip Advisor site. Based on the rating, I decided that we had to try it out!
As a Jamaican who comes from a family of self-proclaimed 'Top Chefs' :), i'm always a bit skeptical when it comes to having Caribbean food (specifically Jamaican) outside the home. This place did not disappoint at all!!! My husband and I started with soup and plantains. They were both very delicious. I think the kids had Festival as well but i've taken so long to write the review that i've forgotten if Festival was a starter or part of the main.
Anyways, for the main course, I ordered Jerk Pork, hubby had Steamed Fish, my daughter had oxtail and my 'no-frills' son had a plain cheese burger (it's either cheese burger, chicken strips or mac n cheese with this boy.....i'm working on him). We live for heat so we ordered the fish and pork spicy.
THE FOOD WAS AMAZING!!! It can only be outdone by the excellent service we received. The fish and oxtail were well seasoned and perfectly cooked and the pork, oh boy the pork.....it was EPIC!! Tender and flavourful. It took me back to the days of stopping by the roadside in Jamaica to buy fresh jerk pork off the drum from the vendors. If your diet does not restrict pork, please please please give it a try.
Presentation, cleanliness and service were also top of the line. The owners/chefs were very pleasant and accommodating. I forgot to ask for no mayo, ketchup, etc. on my son's burger due to his allergies, and they were kind enough to make another burger with no fuss. Thank you both!!
I highly recommend this place if you are looking for authentic Jamaican cuisine done right. We will definitely be back on our next trip to Ottawa!
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