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Medusa's meaty alternatives: A sure winner!

Published:Thursday | March 15, 2012 | 12:00 AM
Enjoy dishes from the grill at Medusa's. Here is a grilled filet mignon with mashed potatoes, boiled corn and vegetables.
Barbecue chicken with mashed potatoes, boiled corn, vegetables (steamed and raw) and coleslaw.
The steamed vegetables include carrots, broccoli, cauliflower and string beans. - Contributed photos
Barbecue pork chops are also available on the Friday night menu at Medusa's.

Sacha Walters-Gregory, Staff Reporter

Medusa's, the intimate bar at 96 Hope Road, is putting some meat on the grill to entice patrons to stay a little longer.

The St Andrew bar which is popular for its weekly Wednesday night all-you-can-drink lyme and its Latin night every other Saturday, is making food an integral ingredient in its Friday night activities.

"Our Friday nights traditionally were always good, but we noticed that it started lagging. The one complaint that we've always had, after consulting foodies, is that there are very few places in Jamaica that have steak that is not exceptionally expensive," said Robin Rickhi, the bar's operations manager. So Medusa's set out to turn up the heat by offering a filet mignon - a premium cut of beef that when cooked should be succulent - with side dishes, at a reasonable price.

"Because of the economy, to make it sustainable, the prices are absolutely ridiculous. For an eight-ounce filet, it's $1,000 for the meal. The 12-ounce is $1,200 for the meal," said Rickhi. Each meal is served with a choice of either mashed potatoes or fully dressed baked potatoes, that is, with sour cream, chives, cheddar, bacon bits etc. The other side dishes included in the meal are seasoned boiled corn, raw vegetables, coleslaw and steamed vegetables, which includes broccoli, cauliflower and carrots.

The response to the steak has been particularly good, according to Rickhi, because they have put their personal touch into the preparation. The meat is exclusively sourced locally, a commitment which Ricky said Medusa's has made, as good quality beef is available in Jamaica.

The meat is marinated several days in advance, then kept cool at a specific temperature, not frozen until it's ready to be cooked. "So the two things that happen are that you have a very rich flavour and the steaks are exceptionally soft, because of the marinade," he said. "You can get the meats cooked however you want it, whether it is rare, medium rare, medium well done," explained Rickhi, adding that they use meat thermometers to help create consistency.

The other offerings on the night include barbecue chicken, barbecue pork chops, roasted fish and grilled lobster (seasonal).

"We do lobster when it's in season, so you can get a surf and turf for $1,500, or any combination of two meats it's $1,500," said Rickhi.

These dishes are served between 5 to 10 p.m. on Fridays, so check them out tomorrow evening.