Jamaica, the country in the Caribbean Sea is referred to by the locals as the “rock” but the island is far from being uninteresting. It has a long history of occupation since Christopher Columbus arrived in the area. Since then a variety of people from many different countries have settled on the island. With several Indians arriving and working as indentured labor in the country during the time when the British were ruling, the island has a strong Indian influence. Indian culture has since then largely merged with the other cultures such as African and European on the island. Therefore, the Indian restaurants in the country provide a unique culinary experience that is a mélange of different cultures. If you are heading to the country which is now part of the Commonwealth realm and want to know more about the top Indian restaurants in Jamaica, continue reading as we have a list that will cater to your cravings when in the country.
1. Nirvanna Indian Fusion Cuisine
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At Nirvanna Indian Fusion Cuisine, the guests get to experience a fusion of traditional and contemporary flavors and unique dishes that result from it. The fusion of various cultures is also seen in the décor and ambiance in the restaurant which is inspired by Indian palaces and Moroccan elements. The chefs specialize in Indian bread, Indo-Chinese offerings, and pure vegetarian dishes. The restaurant is also a favorite with people who want to experience ethnic food from India ranging from Punjabi lassi (a yogurt-based drink) to various curries. Among the curries on offer is the ever-popular mutton rogan josh while the Malabar curry that is inspired by southern Indian flavors and comes steeped in a creamy coconut sauce.
Nirvanna Indian Fusion Cuisine
Address: Shop 1 Building A, 80 Lady Musgrave Rd, Kingston, Jamaica
Website: Nirvanna Indian Fusion Cuisine
Opening hours: Sun - Wed: 11:30am – 3pm, 6pm – 9:30pm; Thu - Sat: 11:30am – 3pm, 6pm – 10:30pm
2. Saffron Indian Cuisine
At Saffron Indian Cuisine, the focus is on taking guests on a culinary expedition filled with the unique spices that originate from India. Guests can also ask for the level of spices in their order to be customized to their preference and, therefore, they can experience Indian food just the way they like it. The naan is a standout offering in the restaurant and it can be paired with butter chicken and chicken tikka masala on offer. Specialties in the restaurant include methi malai chicken which has a sauce composed of cashew nuts and fenugreek leaves. The restaurant also offers its guests the choice of dining inside or just outside its doors and as a result has a unique ambiance that keeps people coming back for more.
Saffron Indian Cuisine
Address: Shop #37 Market Place 67 Constant Spring Road Kingston, Jamaica.
Website: Saffron Indian Cuisine
Opening hours: Mon - Thu: 11:30am – 9:30pm; Fri - Sat: 11:30am – 10pm; Sun: 1pm – 9:30pm
3. Taste of India
Taste of India describes itself as a superb spot for enjoying the best Indian cuisine in Jamaica and has a laid back vibe. Guests can indulge in a plethora of Indian bread served warm from tandoor ovens and they can bite into starters such as mixed vegetable bullets or samosas while waiting for the main course to arrive. The restaurant has a well-stocked bar that serves a variety of cocktails, premium whiskey, and rum that pair well with Indian spices used in the dishes. At the restaurant, new dishes such as chicken afghani, are rolled out every week and these are especially popular among the regular guests.
Taste of India
Address: 50 Main St, Ocho Rios, Jamaica
Website: Taste of India
Opening hours: Thu - Sat: 11am – 10:30pm; Sun - Tue, Wed: 11am – 9:30pm (closed on Mon)
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4. Mystic India
Mystic India allows guests to experience cuisine from the Indian subcontinent. The interior of the restaurant features several pieces of Indian décor positioned alongside statues of gods and goddesses. As for the menu, it is replete with palate-tempting dishes that are laced with exotic Indian spices. Among the popular dishes at the restaurant are chili mushrooms and samosas which are offered as starters. While the tandoor portion of the menu features specialties such as a mystic platter vegetarian and regional dishes such as Andhra chicken curry which originate in the southern part of India.
Address: Whitter Village Montego Bay, Jamaica
Website: Mystic India
Opening hours: 12pm – 10pm (daily)
5. Pushpa's Indian Restaurant
Pushpa’s Indian Restaurant gives guests ample opportunities to try out authentic dishes created with the aid of traditional recipes from India. The restaurant offers a different menu for guests who order take-out and for those who are dining in. While the décor and ambiance in the restaurant are casual and welcoming, it makes the space a great spot for dining with family. As for the dishes in the dine-in menu, they take guests on a tasty journey through Indian cuisine. Starters include non-vegetarian options such as the ever-popular chicken samosa, while the vegetarian choice paneer tikka is cooked in a tandoor oven. Guests can also request for the spice level in their food to be changed. The restaurant provides great value for money as it offers servings of white rice along with curries and other gravy-based main dishes.
Pushpa's Indian Restaurant
Address: Shop 4, 6 Northside Plaza, Kingston 6, Jamaica
Website: Pushpa’s Indian Restaurant
Opening hours: Mon - Sat: 11:30am – 9:30pm; Sun: 11:30am – 9pm
6. Tamarind Indian Cuisine
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Tamarind Indian Cuisine offers dishes that have unique flavors, while its ambiance has a distinct “hipster” feel. The ambiance has made the restaurant a popular hangout for families and those who want to relax in a casual dining setting. As for the menu in the restaurant, it has a variety of dishes, including specially designed platters filled with a variety of meats or vegetables, and offered with Indian cottage cheese. Several Indian breads are also offered and can be paired with the gravy-based curries and other dishes to create a satisfying meal. The cuisine is a special fusion of European and Indian flavors and as a result, the restaurant is a popular spot for tourists and locals alike.
Tamarind Indian Cuisine
Address: Shop #28 18-22 Barbican Road Orchid Plaza Kingston, Jamaica.
Website: Tamarind Indian Cuisine
Opening hours: Mon - Fri: 11:30am – 4pm, 5:30pm – 9:30pm; Sat: 11:30am – 10pm; Sun: 1pm – 9:30pm
7. Passage to India
Passage to India in Jamaica is part of the Fisherman’s Point resort and offers guests the ability to experience high-quality cuisine in a casual setting. The owners of the restaurant also ensure that guests get the best service and the staff is especially attentive to the unique needs of individuals. The dishes on the restaurant’s menu include mutton korma which has a unique fragrance thanks to its gravy with cashew nuts. There are also several signature dishes for guests to choose from and these include mutton vindaloo and Goanese chicken curry that draws inspiration from the state of Goa in India.
Passage to India
Address: II Turtle Road, Beach Road Fisherman Point Ocho Rios, St. Ann Jamaica
Website: Passage to India
Opening hours: 11am – 10:30pm (daily)
Taste the fusion of Indian spices in Jamaica
Visitors to Jamaica soon understand that the country has much more to offer than spectacular reef encircled beaches, historical monuments, and lush forests. As visitors sample the food they learn that, whether they are eating in a street market or in restaurants, there are always Indian spices thrown into the mix. Indian culture and cuisine in Jamaica are, therefore, never far from the surface and shine the brightest in Indian restaurants.
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