Stepping into Kushite’s Vegetable Cuisine Restaurant, I was immediately awestruck by the elegant décor. From the bold wooden chairs and tables, to the enchanting chandelier, to the paintings and carved-framed mirrors on the wall, it felt like an elite mix of vintage and modern. A delicate fragrance with a hint of coffee filled the room as I sat down. The space seems most ideal for couples, small groups of friends / relatives, and deal-closer business meetings. Seated in a high, cushioned chair adjacent to fellow lifestyle/travel writer, Toni-Ann of The Swiss Freis, we began perusing the meatless menu options. It was both our first times at Kushite’s Vegetable Cuisine, as well as our first face-to-face meeting! With these two factors, it took some extra minutes for us to make our dinner decisions.
A pleasant waitress, Anika, quickly greeted us with a smile, menus, and a tall bottle of water infused with lemon/fever grass, lemon and strawberry slices. She returned after a few minutes to answer questions and take our orders. Toni-Ann ordered a cream of pumpkin soup, plus stuffed bell peppers, and a natural pineapple-strawberry juice. I ordered wraps filled with an ackee, calaloo and plantain combination, with sides of vegetables drizzled with a passion fruit salad dressing and sesame seeds, and avocado slices. Anika surprised us as she promptly returned with the food before we could get knee-deep in conversation.
You could see that passion was a main ingredient for the chef as he blew us away further by the lovely presentation of the dishes. For my meal, the added sweetness gave a pleasant difference in the experience one would expect while eating a wrap. The ackee and calaloo filled up most of the tortilla, and the plantain came to caress your taste buds piece by piece. Toni’s soup looked creamy and satisfying. She enjoyed it, even after our constant conversation caused it to lose warmth. I got to taste the sweet peppers, stuffed with black beans and melted pistachio cheese… awesome! The sweet yet spicy grilled peppers were a great complement to the flavour from the cheese and beans.
Recently deciding to get back on track with a diet, this is one ‘cheat’ meal I didn’t regret! My stomach was filled, and pleased to not have a groggy, bloated feeling following the meal. The infused water also helped to keep me in check, lowering the temptation to order a sweet drink.
This is one of the best restaurant experiences I’ve had in Jamaica for a number of reasons: The food is tasty AND healthy, the atmosphere is great, the service is quick, and all the staff seems very customer-oriented.
It really meant a lot to us both that the staff was patient enough to accommodate photo ops despite us staying after closing time. We had the privilege of meeting both co-owners, Keisha McDonald and Kush Tafari (who is also the talented chef, pictured right).
- Delectability 85%
- Food Variety 75%
- Atmosphere 90%
- Staff Interactions 95%