Tulips and Black Orchid Restaurants both have NEW menu items, and SimplyLocal.life was fortunate enough to get a first taste! Both restaurants boast Jamaican dishes with an international twist, and are located at the elegant Eden Gardens Resort and Spa (which is also home to Kushite’s Vegetarian Cuisine). The choice of which of these 2 restaurants to visit would depend on your dining experience preference: Tulips Restaurant has a more casual setting, great for lunch or dinner with friends; Black Orchid Restaurant is more sophisticated, ideal for special occasions.

The regal Emerald Lounge was the evening’s venue of the joint Menu Launch party. It echoes Eden Gardens’ first-class ambiance, and acted as a lovely setting for mingling and networking. AΒ Kingston foodie network, inclusive of public figures and bloggers, was very eager to sample the new dishes.

Tulips Restaurant’s New Additions

– Honey Soy WingsπŸ‘
– Crunchy Chicken Tenders πŸ‘
– Curry Pumpkin and Pineapple Ragout πŸ‘πŸ‘
– Callaloo and Plaintain Lasagna πŸ‘πŸ‘
– Jerk Pork πŸ‘
– Coconut Cake πŸ‘

Key:
πŸ‘πŸ‘ – Try It! // πŸ‘ – Tasty
πŸ‘ŽπŸ‘Ž – Wouldn’t recommend // πŸ‘Ž – Not a favourite

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The flavour combinations of the ragout and lasagna were unique and unparalleled. They certainly topped my favourites list of the new dishes, and a few others in attendance seemed to share the same sentiment.
Hmmm..
β€’ The honey soy sauce could’ve been more commanding, but was in no way bad.
β€’ The jerk pork was well-spiced, however, not as moist as I would’ve liked.

Overall Review:
The Tulips Restaurant additions all had 1 thing in common: flavour! Each item had a distinguished taste that left an impression on your taste buds.

Black Orchid Restaurant’s New Additions

– Shrimp in Batter πŸ‘πŸ‘
– Fried Calamari πŸ‘
– Saltfish RundownΒ πŸ‘Ž
– Curry Coconut ShrimpΒ πŸ‘
– Bolognese PastaΒ πŸ‘Ž
– Jerk Chicken Fontina πŸ‘πŸ‘
– Rum & Raisin Cheesecake πŸ‘Ž

Key:
πŸ‘πŸ‘ – Try it! //Β πŸ‘ – Tasty
πŸ‘ŽπŸ‘Ž – Wouldn’t recommend // πŸ‘Ž – Not a favourite

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β€’The spiciness of the stuffed jerk chicken fontina admittedly caught me off guard, but in this case was considered a good thing. Outside of the heat that it packs, a little extra flavour soaked into the meat would be a preference.
β€’ The 2 shrimp dishes are tasty and can leave you feeling as if more is always needed on your plate.
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β€’ The saltiness of the rundown didn’t complement the other ingredients of the dish well, and is not as ‘creamy’ as rundown is sometimes expected to be.
β€’ The bolognese pasta requires the most improvement; it didn’t taste as if the meat and noodles were cooked together, leaving the noodles lacking flavour.
β€’ The cheesecake was by no means bad in taste, but the texture of it was not one expected of a cheesecake.

Overall Review:
It didn’t feel like as if the new dishes all belonged to the same restaurant due to the varying levels of satisfaction. With a few revisions to have all the menu items mirror a similar standard, Black Orchid can definitely raise the bar higher.

Which of these dishes sound the most appetizing to you?

Visit 1 of these restaurant today and try a new menu item for yourself! Let me know what you think πŸ™‚

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