Exit 21 A Must-Visit For Excellent Food & Drinks
Sous-chef Sachar McFadden presents the scallion tomato bruschetta. (Photo: Naphtali Junior)

Exit 21, located at 10 Dominica Drive, opened mere months before the arrival of the novel coronavirus. In fact Food Awards judge Oneal Johnson shared his positive lunchtime experience with Thursday Food. With things almost back to normal, the restaurant has reopened for dinner with lunch to follow in short order. A revisit was a must! This time he was accompanied by fellow judges.

Johnson's findings were spot on. Exit 21, whose principal Jason Harvey got his big break at the age of 21 (hence the '21'), is certainly a well-appointed establishment with comfy seating, mellow music and courteous staff. In fact, Harvey, who worked in the restaurant industry overseas, is a stickler for excellent customer service and definitely leads from the front. What may surprise many, Food Awards judges included, is not so much the extensive menu offerings but the excellent quality of food that comes out of the kitchen. The man at the range is the unassuming Sous-chef Sachar McFadden, whose juicy, tender, flavourful pork chops receive rave reviews on a daily basis from patrons. By the way, they are a must-try but they aren't the only menu option worthy of note. Judges tried the Bruschetta, Steamed Snapper with bammy sides, Bacon Wrapped Shrimps, Three Bean Burger, Trio sliders, Wings, Jerk Alfredo Pasta Chicken, Exit Burger, Grilled Chicken Quarter, Steak, Grilled Applewood Smoked Pork Chops, Chef's Salad and Barbecued Baby Back Ribs. Each received more than a passing grade.

The meal closed with a most decadent Mango Passion Panna Cotta with fresh fruits.

Overall, Exit 21 is a must-visit restaurant for anyone looking for good food in Kingston. Harvey insists that dinner ends with a visit to the top floor where additional drinks can be had before hitting the dance floor. There's also the option of heading directly to the lounge where a cocktail menu is available and the party vibe will keep you there till the wee hours of the morning.

Exit 21 Ultra Lounge

10 Dominica Drive, Kingston 5

Tel: 876 669-9050

Opening hours:

6:00 pm - 2:00 am

Effective June 15, 2023

12:00 noon - 12:00 am

Principal of Exit 21 Jason Harvey poses on the pedal cycle which affords patrons Instagrammable moments. (Photo: Naphtali Junior)
The refreshing chef's salad (Photo: Naphtali Junior)
Bacon wrapped shrimp (Photo: Naphtali Junior)
Crispy stuffed chicken breast with sides of market vegetables and ripe plantains (Photo: Naphtali Junior)
Sous-chef Sachar McFadden shares a moment with Jamaica Observer Table Talk Food Awards judges (clockwise, from left) Oneal Johnson, Josina Jackson, Patricia Henry, Billie-Jean Constantine Tulloch, Stacy Belnavis, Jamaica Observer Table Talk Food Awards conceptualiser Novia McDonald-Whyte, Pauline Edie, Karl Tulloch, Adolph Raynor and Annaliesa Lindsay. (Photo: Naphtali Junior)
(Photo: Naphtali Junior)
Jerk chicken alfredo pasta (Photo: Naphtali Junior)
Mango passion panna cotta with fresh fruits (Photo: Naphtali Junior)
Grilled applewood smoked pork chops with a side of ripe plantain and chef's salad (Photo: Naphtali Junior)
Medium-well steak with creamy mashed potato (Photo: Naphtali Junior)
Steamed fish with sweet mashed potato and steamed bammy (Photo: Naphtali Junior)
Jerk lamb chops with creamy mashed potato (Photo: Naphtali Junior)
Seafood jumbo Naphtali Junior(Photo: Naphtali Junior)
Sex on the exit: vodka, orange juice and sour apple (Photo: Naphtali Junior)
Fried wings with BBQ sauce (Photo: Naphtali Junior)
Oxtail alfredo pasta with garlic bread (Photo: Naphtali Junior)

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