Authentic Jerk

When people asked me, “What was the best food you ate in Guam?” my answer was easy—Jamaican Grill. This restaurant infused Jamaican style barbecuing with Chamorro flavors. Their signature dishes featured jerk seasoning, a highly spiced combination of scallions, onions, thyme, Jamaican pimento, cinnamon, nutmeg, and pepper. They also served us an endless supply of their secret dipping sauce that reminds me of crispy pata sauce in the Philippines.

My family and I shared the jerk chicken and ribs combo, and the triple combo (jerk chicken, ribs, and grilled fish). I had to sip lots of sweet mango iced tea in between bites to give my mouth a break from the strong flavors. I’d never had authentic Jamaican food before, so the combination of salty, peppery and spicy flavors was new to my taste buds. Overall, it was a delicious and filling dinner. Two reggae thumbs up!

Jamaican Grill is located at Bldg. 12 Chamorro Village, Hagåtña, and Carlrose Bldg. 288 Pale San Vitores Road, Tumon.

December 20, 2010

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