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Celebrate at Cellar 8

Published:Monday | November 28, 2016 | 12:00 AMKrysta Anderson
Cellar 8 - home to the finest wine around town!
Cellar 8's fire roasted Thai shrimp on a bed of fresh garden salad.
Delectable pork belly sliders.
Cellar 8's quaint decor makes it your ultimate escape.
Mixologist Milton Wisdom showcasing his talent as his pours a classic martini.
Cajun rubbed fillet mignon paired with a Merlot from the Franciscan Estate in the Napa Valley.
Mouth-watering Tiramisu for dessert, anyone?
Fire roasted shrimp with pesto pasta paired with a Silver Palm Chardonnay.
A closer look at the General Oberoi Signature Scotch Bonnet Cocktail.
Chef Ramesh Maragh presents one of his culinary creations - herb roasted salmon with an assortment of vegetables.


Picture modern chic decor fused with palatable treats topped with your choice of signature cocktails and fine wines. These are what dining dreams are made of! And now that dream has come true at Cellar 8.

Cellar 8 Wine, Bistro and Lounge, opened its doors to welcome close family and a few friends one Friday evening in late September, while preparations for Hurricane Matthew were in high gear. Since that evening, they have been kept busy with a whirlwind of activities and patrons.

The concept from the group of entrepreneurs comprising wine enthusiasts and foodies, with a flair for entertaining and a passion for the hospitality industry, gave birth to the one-of-a-kind, wine and dining experience. "There was a growing need for a cool place to dine at in Kingston 8 and its environs. The sharing of this dream over wine and delectable treats, saw the unfolding of a concept which emerged as Cellar 8 the wine, bistro and lounge located in Upper Manor Park Plaza," the Cellar 8 team explained to Food in a recent interview.

They added, "The Cellar 8 Team has been striving to meet demands, and working hard to ensure that guests enjoy a relaxing and rewarding experience, whenever they dine with us at the 'Cellar' in Kingston 8. We are evolving and taking shape, learning everyday and appreciative of all the feedback which helps us make adjustments and continues to move in the right direction. This dynamic team is excited and our guests really do inspire us."

The Menu

So far, they already have quite a few favourites. Their crowd pleasers include their signature oxtail tacos and five-spiced pork belly slider appetisers along with their herb roasted salmon and Cajun rubbed fillet Mignon, and the popular C8 Pizzas and every one of their vegan dishes including, the black bean and sweetcorn sliders and their veggie pizzas (without cheese). Salivating yet?

As far as cocktails go, their flavoured mojitos will ignite your tastebuds with a burst of freshness. Several of their Cellar 8 cocktails feature local ingredients such as lemon grass and Scotch bonnet pepper - if you dare to add spice to your life, and the seasonal sorrel, just in time for Christmas. "Pop into Cellar 8 and be sure to ask to try the new, seasonal addition - the "Cellar Star "and tell us what you think," they encouraged.

By far, the best feature of the bistro is the wine wall. Boasting an extensive but selective collection of more than 100 vintage and contemporary wines. "We really want to give our guests a unique and memorable dining experience enhanced by great wine at various price points," they stressed

An added bonus too, is that you can purchase a bottle or two while dining in or pick it up on your way home or to a function. "Wine and wine accessories make the gift for many occasions and Cellar 8 is stocked with items for your Christmas shopping list," they affirmed.

Opening hours are Tuesdays to Thursdays 4 p.m.-11 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays: 4 p.m.-12 a.m., and Sundays: 4 p.m.-11 p.m. So when life gets a little complicated, step into a whole new experience: relax, reconnect and celebrate at Cellar 8.