It was a cool Thursday night when we descended on the outdoors of The Grog Shoppe Restaurant recently. Located on the property of the world famous Devon House, the Grog Shoppe restaurant represents peace and tranquility and is a great choice if you want to relax away from the noise. The perfect venue for a small reception, it also provides an intimacy that any couple would enjoy. The venue has a medieval feel to it, the red brick structure is influenced by a Mock Tudor setting.
The service was very polite and quiet; the servers were warm and accommodating but a little too honest.They discouraged us from ordering a couple of our choices but recommended others. My question is: if they are so bad, why are they on the menu?
It was a group setting this time around; here is an highlight of some of our menu options.
Ackee Puffs with Teriyaki Sauce – the name is misleading- actually there was a lot of puffs, but we are yet to find the ackee. It is really a fried fluffy dough which was seasoned. It wasn’t bad, really, plus the outside was really crunchy and the flavor of the dough was good.
Barbeque Chicken Wings with Garlic Bread- the meat was really soft and melted off the bones in your mouth. The sauce was very rich–savory with a hint of spice.
There were mixed reviews about the Pan Seared Red Snapper Steak , someone noted that it tasted raw, while another said it tasted good. I thought it needed more seasoning, it lacked salt and needed some pepper. The sauce on it was okay.
The Chicken Breast Stuffed With Callaloo was a disappointment as the serving was too small and the chicken breast a little too dry, but the creamy coconut sauce that covered it added a helped to enhance the overall flavor of the dish.
Boneless Jerk Pork- served with creamy sweet potato and crunchy garlic callaloo, the jerk pork was tender but too wet, normally a jerked pork would be on the dryer side. Another issue was that there wasn’t enough.
There were several other drawbacks–some items that we saw on the menu and wanted to order wasn’t available (such as pepperpot soup). Also, the serving size for the food was way to small for what establishment was charging its diners.
Needless to say, we will return; just to try other menu options and to see if anything has changed.
Also, kindly note that this is a fine dining establishment and the prices are generally above the normal, so walk with a little extra dough!
Have you ever been to The Grog Shoppe Restaurant? If so, what was your dining experience like?
What did you have from the menu?
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Grog Shoppe Restaurant
26 Hope Road, Kingston 10 Devon House