On Portmore’s Hip Strip we found Jungle Fyah, and its great, festive vibe. It’s just off the Port Henderson Hip Strip, with several other locations in St. Catherine.
Upon entering the venue, we immediately liked what we saw. A bountiful space, with neat, comfortable seating, enough to seat dozens of diners. You have a choice to dine inside, or out on the patio. They also provide an option for take-out.
Jungle Fyah is ideal for individuals, couples, groups—whatever the seating size, as long as you enjoy an upbeat setting.
Another plus is that there is no cutoff time for kids, so you can take them along if you wish.
I like the colored lights; they provide the right amount of illumination without brightening the venue too much.
While there’s no Ac, the atmosphere had proper ventilation, with an open entrance and lines of fans along the walls.
The music was at the right level too; loud enough for you to enjoy, but low enough so you can carry on a conversation.
Customer Service on Point
Our server came with usual warmth and politeness we expected. She remained patient while waiting for us to decide on our order (it took some time, with many options we wanted to try). She was easy to talk to.
Pros and Cons of our Food Experience
Finally, we settled on BBQ Wings, Loaded Fries, Shrimp in Coconut Sauce and Jerk Chicken Pasta.
Then came the wait.
After half an hour, our BBQ Wings finally arrived. It was worth the wait, with a blast of spice that gave a strong kick. The soft, fall-of-the-bones meat came with a well-marinated juiciness.
Another twenty minutes passed before the Loaded Fries came. But they were hot, thank goodness, crunchy on the outside and soft inside—which I liked. The gooey cheese, crisp peppers and tomatoes made eating fun.
The main course followed right away, to our relief. The Jerk Chicken Pasta came with an incorporation of herbs that set the tone from the first bite. But though it had the right balance of flavors, the sauce was much too thick. Also, I felt cheated with the ‘garlic bread’ (regular white bread with a sliver of garlic butter).
The Shrimp in Coconut Sauce left much to be desired. I liked the firmness of the shrimp, but nothing else. It lacked the rich, coconut flavor that I expected. Also, it could have used more spice, in my opinion. The fried green plantains were the star of the dish.
Note: try their Goat Head Soup—if it’s on the menu. I found it divine, with a smooth spicy flavor.
Overall, I’d rate our experience a strong three. The long wait is a definite issue, for the venue wasn’t even a quarter full. But I give kudos for the good customer service. The servers that I observed were vibrant, friendly and very efficient with taking orders.
Would we return? Yes. There are many other menu options we’d like to try.
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Jungle Fyah Restaurant
Shop 5, AMC Plaza, Portmore
Tel. (876) 560-7913