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'Ochi' ambience adds intimate flavour

Published:Tuesday | November 15, 2016 | 12:00 AMTickoya Joseph
The linguine contessa, served with lobster in shell, tossed with baby shrimp and lobster meat, sautéed in olive oil, garlic and fresh tomato sauce at Evita’s Italian Restaurant.
Ocho Rios' Evita's Italian Restaurant is located high above the town, giving diners a great view of the port of Ocho Rios.
The linguine contessa, served with lobster in shell, tossed with baby shrimp and lobster meat, sauteed in olive oil, garlic and fresh tomato sauce at Evita's Italian Restaurant.
The staff of Spring Garden Seafood and Steakhouse Restaurant in Ocho Rios posing for our camera on Sunday.
A welcoming party awaits you at Boardwalk Bistro restaurant in Ocho Rios.
Kadien Reid shares a slice of delicious Rum Fire ice cream cake with son Andrew Gilipps at Boardwalk Bistro, Island Village Shopping Centre, in Ocho Rios.
Boardwalk Bistro’s mouth-watering jerk pork with sautéed potato, served with a spicy sauce.
Grilled lobster tail paired with coconut fried shrimp, served with parsley mashed potatoes at Spring Garden Seafood and Steakhouse in Ocho Rios, St Ann.
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The birth certificate of Restaurant Week will show the cradle to be Kingston, Jamaica. But over the years, growing from strength to strength, this baby has moved to different towns and the Second City, capturing the palates of many.

Ocho Rios is one of those towns - quite a different crowd to that of Kingston. The calm of the nearby sea sets the tone for those out to dine. Evita's Italian Restaurant, Boardwalk Bistro, Spring Garden Seafood and Steakhouse and Bettino at the Marina were host to intimate gatherings of friends and family.

Evita's, poised on the hill, offered a breathtaking view of Ocho Rios by night, and it was further enhanced by the sight of a cruise ship docked at the port of Ocho Rios.

The aroma from the kitchen at Spring Garden Seafood and Steakhouse arrested the pop up team as far as from the parking lot. The soft light from the candles created dancing shadows that seemed to be actors, adding to the script of love stories that came from each table.

Boardwalk Bistro offered a lighter scene with a staff that engaged the patrons, making it hard to leave, even when their meals were finished.

Kadien Reid told The Gleaner that she had not been out with her son for a long time and was glad for the opportunity to dine in fine style.