Have a Blazing time at Charcoals and Flame
"An oasis tucked away in the centre of St Andrew, with great Jamaican food, an intimate setting, and fun people." This is how proprietor Terry Chin and Marketing Manager Richard Hoo Kim describe their new food haven called Charcoals & Flame Restaurant and Grill.
Officially opened last November after two years of hard work and planning, the restaurant is the realisation of Chin's dream.
She told Food that she wanted to open a restaurant that not only offered authentic Jamaican food, but she also wanted a setting that would appeal to a wide demographic. The set-up is intimate, perfect not only for business, but also cosy enough for couples on date night.
"We want to bring back the romance. This should not be a venue where people are sitting across from each other on their cellular phones. We want them to be able to get up and dance," Chin told Food.
The ambience is not the only good thing about the location. Chin noted that her team takes special care in preparing dishes and works hard to get them done as healthily as possible.
The menu includes tender, flavourful, juicy-to-the-bone curried mutton; delectable oxtail and beans; and jerked chicken that is done just right. The potato salad also hits the spot. All meals are accompanied by julienne vegetables and herbs.
Charcoals & Flame believes in diversity, and the menu changes daily. However, jerked chicken and steamed fish are constants, along with wraps and salads. There is also one vegetarian dish on the menu daily, so all diners' needs can be met.
While the restaurant is still new, the mannish water has already emerged as a favourite among customers. The stewed peas served on Saturdays ('Stewed Peas Saturday') is also a hit.
Food spoke with patrons Lovern McDonald and Enis Levy, who were dining during our visit. McDonald had the jerked pork while Levy had the roasted pork. It was their first visit, and both were enjoying their meal. When asked if they would return, McDonald quickly replied.
"Yes, I will. The jerked pork is really good," she said with a big smile.
Charcoals & Flame prides itself on being balanced. The meals are well seasoned - not too spicy. If patrons are troubled with hypertension or diabetes, the chefs can make adjustments to the dishes upon request.
The restaurant offers delectable traditional Jamaican appetisers like 'stamp and go', roasted yam and salt fish, red herring and crackers, fried Irish potatoes, among others. This brings the taste of home and rural Jamaica to your evening as you wine and dine.
They offer a range of beverages as well as a few desserts to satisfy your sweet cravings.
There are plans in the works to introduce live entertainment by local artistes. The concept of a games night has already been developed.
"We are trying to incorporate things that are not on the restaurant scene and bridge the gap between dining and entertainment," said Marketing Manager Hoo Kim.
Charcoals & Flame, Restaurant and Grill
Address: 9 West King's House Road (off Constant Spring Road)
Call: (876) 382-7336
Facebook: Charcoals & Flame
Monday: Midday-8 p.m.
Tuesday-Thursday: Midday- 9 p.m.
Friday-Saturday: Midday-10 p.m.
Services also include delivery as well as catering for private and corporate clients.