Good food from fresh ingredients is better than any pretentious food showpiece any day.
That is why the melting pot of Jamaica, with an abundance of fresh fruits, vegetables, exotic spices, and seafood so fresh that you can taste the sea, is one of my favourite places to savour the Caribbean cuisine. Take it from me; the best way to enjoy this bounty is to eat at the place most visited by the locals .
One such place is Sharkies. Situated on the main road in Salem, it is a definite spot to uncover. Sharkies is an unpretentious gem where you take a seat under the zinc roof restaurant surrounded by Almond trees while you await a gastronomical feast. The menu consists mainly of seafood, which includes Shrimp, Conch, Lobster, and the catch of the day. If you are lucky, you may even be introduced to the Fisherman who hauled in all that fresh fish. You may even get a glimpse of his boat right there on the beach.
There is a certain primitiveness to the place as it lacks all the airs and graces of a Michelin Star restaurant, but that only reconfirms the fact that the food is going to be awesome. You will forget words like organic, free range, additives, and preservatives, because those food issues won’t be an issue here. I loved the entire menu but was very impressed with the steamed Snapper with fried Bammy, Okra, and seasonal vegetables.
The location of this beachside spot is idyllic. It faces the Caribbean sea and once you have placed your order, you can relax with a Red Stripe beer and listen to the waves as they crash against the shore and take away the stress and strain of your day. Alternatively, why not take a stroll along the beach and watch the sun go down? The staff at Sharkies are welcoming and eager to please. Before you leave and upon your return, and believe me you will return, you will feel like a family member. They will know your name and any special request you might have.
So next time you are driving along Jamaica’s North Coast and you feel that rumble in your tummy, stop and uncover Skarkies.
– UYC Contributor Neisha Morris-Walcott. Find Neisha on Instagram: @neishamorriswalcott