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Caribbean, Food, Jamaica

How’s the food?

Whenever I stay at an all inclusive, people always ask:  How’s the food?

My newest discovery – fish tacos by the beach!

While the food isn’t the most important part of the vacation for me, it does influence memories of the trip.  I remember staying at a lovely all-inclusive in Cuba – beach was great, side trip to swim with the dolphins awesome!  The food – well, it was food.  I am happy to say that this was not the case on my last trip to Jamaica – staying at the Grand Palladium. There were more than enough places to choose from – grand buffets and themed restaurants.  My favourite every morning was the omelette and fresh juice bar!  This is vacation living!  Everything was so fresh and full of flavour.  Each morning also saw an array of fresh fruit laid out, as well as pastry and traditional breakfast items (bacon, hash browns, oatmeal etc…).  A feast for the eyes and stomach.

Fresh made omelettes each morning – who can resist!

While spending the week at the Grand Palladium, I was able to try most of the themed restaurants, with the exception of Bubba’s Grill (steak house) – the lines were just too long.  Must have been a good sign!  The Creole was delish, but I could have skipped the Mexican theme – it was fine, just didn’t think it was anything special!  The Indian restaurant was also quite good.  The waiters were a lot of fun, delivering food on their head, doing magic tricks for the kids at the table next to us and telling stories! Friday night – Beach BBQ – what fun!  Time to kick off your shoes, enjoy the music and live shows, and chow down in the fresh air.  The hotel put on a fabulous feast in the sand with coconut drinks on arrival, a wide variety of grills, stir fry, curry and a boat load of salads (literally – a kayak filled with ice and turned into a salad bar!

Boat load of salads

Grill station for the Beach BBQ

How’s the food – I have to say, it was excellent.  There was always a good assortment of fresh salads, local flavours, and a crazy assortment of desserts!  It was a challenge to limit myself to just one choice!  Needless to say, I will have to hit the gym after a week of all the food!  I thought I was doing quite well on not eating too much until the day they put out the rum balls!  The picture does not do them justice, but let’s just say – they were little balls of rum soaked chocolatey goodness!

Restaurants at the Grand Palladium

3 Buffet Restaurants

Mo’ Bay Restaurant
Breakfast, lunch and dinner
Italian corner and Show Cooking
Air conditioning

Negril Restaurant
Breakfast and dinner
Italian corner and Show Cooking
Air conditioning

The  Blue Lagoon Restaurant
Open air restaurant
Overlooking the main pool
Italian corner and Show Cooking

Theme Restaurants

A la carte dinners- Reservation required
Open: 5:30pm – 9:45pm

Reggaetoni Restaurant
Italian cuisine

Bhogali  Restaurant
Indian cuisine

Lotus House  Restaurant
Asian cuisine

El Mariachi  Restaurant
Mexican cuisine

Bubba’s  Restaurant
Grill – barbecue

Xamayca  Restaurant
Creole cuisine

Poseidon’s Sunset Cove Restaurant
Rices, fish and seafood
Open: 12pm – 5pm
(Snacks service at lunch)
“A la carte” service from 6pm – 9:30pm

So, in answer to the question “How’s the food?”, I would have to say, pretty darn good!

For more posts about Jamaica and the Caribbean, click here.

Grand Palladium, Montego Bay Hotel Review.


About Anita Mac

The bucket list just keeps growing! The more I cross off - the more exciting new destinations and activities I find! I have been fortunate enough to travel a considerable distance over the years. My love of many things, including travel, cycling, kayaking and photography fit together like hand and glove. I have to keep asking myself....where to next? I am happy to share my travels and photography through my blogs: http://traveldestinationbucketlist.com and http://anitamacphotos.wordpress.com Hope you enjoy them as much as I do! On to the next adventure!


17 thoughts on “How’s the food?

  1. Out of all the cuisines you mentioned, the Beach bbq sounds the most tempting to me!

    And yes you’re right, food does play a significant role in making a vacation good or bad!


    Posted by sapphy03 | November 30, 2011, 9:18 am
  2. ohmygoodness!!!! fish tacos are one of my weaknesses…..this looks fantastic!

    Posted by thatgirlwhit | November 30, 2011, 12:13 pm
  3. Very tempting array of food choices; I would have to have….them all!! Cheers!

    Posted by Steve | November 30, 2011, 5:22 pm
  4. Beautiful pics!

    Posted by IamSimplyTia | December 1, 2011, 6:59 pm
  5. Just found your blog (since you commented on mine!). I love the pictures you post. Your Jamaica trip looks lovely. And the food! How did you choose!

    Posted by Karyn | December 2, 2011, 8:27 am
    • Thanks! Choosing was a tough one! Luckily I traveled with a friend, sometimes we would get different dishes and share! The fish tacos were the big find for me – had never tried them before but once I had, could have eaten them all week!

      Posted by Anita Mac | December 2, 2011, 8:31 am
  6. The rum balls look delicious 🙂

    Posted by 2 Rivers Photos | December 5, 2011, 2:00 pm
  7. A friend introduced me to fish tacos – I can’t get enough of them!

    Posted by Smith | June 11, 2012, 10:52 pm


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