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At the Rockhouse Restaurant we offer the full gamut, from the humble but tasty coconut toast, to jerk chicken spiced with a scotch bonnet sauce. The best dishes are constructed from a fusion of different origins creating mixtures of tanginess, hot pepper, rich tasty brown sauces, the flavorful spice of curries and the cool sweetness of tropical fruits. Aspiring to give even long-term guests a rich epicurean experience, the substantial menu is supplemented by a weekly "specials" board. Meals are complemented by a solid international wine list, island inspired cocktails and Jamaica's famous Blue Mountain coffee.
Jamaican cuisine is a complex mix of all the cultures that have come to her shores. The native Arawak Amerindians, the Chinese, the Spanish, the English and the Indians all brought their own culinary staples and cooking techniques when they settled on the island. More recently, Rastafarians, upholding the ideals of vegetarianism, have placed emphasis on natural foods. Drawing from these diverse roots, Rockhouse, offers both traditional Jamaican cooking and our interpretation of New Jamaican cuisine.
Rockhouse is home to three of Negril's most talked about restaurants; the Rockhouse Restaurant & Bar, Pushcart Restaurant & Rum Bar, and the Pool Grill & Bar especially after our Executive Chef Kevin Broderick was donned "Chef of the Year" in the 2010 Jamaica Observer Food Awards. The Rockhouse Restaurant features new Jamaican cuisine, a lighter, modern interpretation of classic Jamaican cooking. In 2009, the Rockhouse introduced the Pushcart Restaurant & Rum Bar located next door at the Pirate's Cave, offering guests an opportunity to enjoy traditional Jamaican street food and authentic home cooking while sampling the Caribbean's finest rums. At the Pool Bar & Grill there is a luncheon menu of jerk chicken, seafood and burgers all prepared on an open grill and featuring the Pool Grill's famous jerk mayonnaise. All three restaurants are perched cliff side - reach out and you can almost touch Negril's spectacular sunset. The vibe is always laid back; you'll find that bare feet are more common than dress shoes.
The Hotel's award winning Jamaican executive chef, Kevin Broderick developed the restaurants' menus. Kevin is one of Jamaica's most honored chefs and in addition to being awarded "Chef of the Year" 2010, has been awarded over 50 medals from the Jamaican Culinary Development Commission (JCDC). His passion for cooking began at the apron strings of his mother, grandmother and great grandmother. As a 10 year old boy helping in the home kitchen he shared his dream of becoming one of the island's most innovative chefs. Kevin commenced his formal training at the Heart Academy in Jamaica, and has undergone further studies in both Canada and the US. He not only brings a wealth of knowledge and practical experience he also demonstrates a vibrant creativity and artistry. His incredible ice and fruit carving skills make the Rockhouse's wedding banquets spectacularly beautiful and creative.
As the restaurant's menu cover most appropriately warns "Visiting Rockhouse for lunch can lead to staying for the sunset, ordering a cocktail, booking for dinner, checking in for a week, and coming back every year for the rest of your life ... Don't say we didn't warn you!"
Caribbean Travel & Life, "Negril: Food Freedom"
"Perched high on one of West End's coral cliffs, Rockhouse is arguably the most romantic restaurant in Negril. Rockhouse serves up New Jamaican fare, a good international wine list, and cliff-top views from its tiki-torch-lit deck, along with a big helping of Negril's spectacular sunsets.?? Try the curried island shrimp in a papaya boat or the Red Stripe beer-battered snapper."
"This is the most architecturally dramatic restaurant, with some of the best food, in Negril. Come here for a sense of vertigo (if you happen to lean over the railing), flashes of d?cor you might have expected on the Great Barrier Reef of Australia, and one of the most worldly and international crowds in town."
Skywritings, Air Jamaica's In-flight Magazine
"Negril's finest waterside eatery offers "new Jamaican cuisine" in what is unquestionably a beautiful setting. Perched on the edge of Pristine Cove, simple furniture, flaming torches and a wicked soundtrack all conspire to realize a delightful eating experience."
Rockhouse Hotel Details
West End Road, Negril, Jamaica