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
6:00 pm - 2:00 am
Effective June 15, 2023
12:00 noon - 12:00 am