Raffaele’s Gourmet Pizzeria & Grill

Nyam & Scram! – Restaurant Week 2017

Restaurant Week in Jamaica is an annual event I look forward to, in one week there are a plethora of restaurants having discounted prices. They fall under categories such as Tasty, Savoury, Delectable, and Epicurean; which offers 3 course meals in different price ranges. As well as Morning Bites and Nyam & Scram, which offers discounts on breakfast combos and lunch combos respectively.

Last restaurant week, I went to nyam and scram some lunch at Raffaele’s Gourmet Pizzeria and Grill. They had really nice options, and each meal came with a bowl of cream of pumpkin soup for appetizer and a slice of cake for dessert. It was an overcast day with the sun playing hide and seek, the weather was lovely to me, it was warm with a little bit of breeze. We sat at an outdoor table with a huge patio umbrella.

Raffaele's Gourmet Pizzeria & Grill, Restaurant, in Jamaica, 876Lover, Restaurant Week 2017, RWJA17, Shrimp burger,
Shrimp Burger & Fries.

We didn’t have our meals the conventional way because the soup wasn’t ready when we had arrived. So, we ordered the main course first. I had the shrimp burger and fries. The shrimp burger patty didn’t look how I expected. It came with tarter sauce and the usual condiments, lettuce and tomatoes; while the fries were unexpectedly seasoned fries. The burger tasted like a fish burger from the brand Reggae Jammin’ but cooked properly; it tasted good, nothing exceptional, but good nonetheless.

Raffaele's Gourmet Pizzeria & Grill, Restaurant, in Jamaica, 876Lover, Restaurant Week 2017, RWJA17, Chicken Parmesan,
Chicken Parmesan.

My date had the chicken parmesan on linguine pasta with marinara sauce, served with garlic bread. When I saw his meal I was envious, the melted parmesan cheese looked amazing. As customary with my dates, we tried some of each other’s food, it tasted as great as it looked. When we finished our meals the cream of pumpkin soup was ready to be served, so we had it. That was the highlight of the lunch for me, the soup tasted spectacular. Having it after the burger filled me to capacity, I was stuffed. You should know, I still ate the cake we got for dessert, the slice wasn’t big, it seemed to be the cherry on top.

I should have picked a fancier main course but lesson learnt, pick something basic, it will taste basic. I had a good time at Raffaele’s, even though my choice wasn’t the best; my date’s food tasted good and the cream of pumpkin soup wowed my taste buds. I will be going back for sure, I want to try one of their pizzas next time.

Find them at Shop #5 in Orchid Village Plaza, 20 Barbican Road, Kingston.

Café Hooligang

Who doesn’t love food? I wanted to share with you one of my favourite little cafés to get a meal before my evening classes. I first saw Café Hooligang when I ventured a bit further down Half Way Tree Road than usual in search of a Nescafé machine, I was in serious need of a coffee top up. Convinced I wouldn’t make it through class without it, I walked to the nearest fast food restaurant, Fish Pot. Tired, and now devastated, they didn’t have any coffee, just tea.

I started the trod back up the road, and right on the corner of Beechwood Avenue and Half Way Tree Road stood Café Hooligang. It must have been fate, what good luck to find a café to satiate my coffee lust. Unfortunately I didn’t get coffee that day, because their coffee machine was down. I did buy a slice of pizza though, and that definitely lifted my spirit.

Chicken Alfredo & Garlic Bread along with a complimentary mint ball 🙂

I hadn’t been there in a while but today I felt for their Chicken Alfredo (which comes with garlic bread.) They sell a variety of foods, they have tea, coffee, sandwiches, wraps, salads, pasta, burgers, hot dogs… I’m gonna stop making you hungry now 😂 You should stop by and check them out for yourself one day.

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