Curry goat is a fixture on menus across Jamaica. Served with white rice, rice and peas or roasted breadfruit, no event or party would be considered complete without this dish being served. Goats are everywhere in Kingston, not just on the menu; visitors to Kingston can expect to see herds of goats roaming randomly up a busy city street. Some would argue that the best place to find this traditional Caribbean dish is in rural Jamaica rather than the big city. Nevertheless, Kingstonians serve up some mouthwatering curry goat. Here, Culture Trip hits the goat trail and discovers the best places for curry goat in Kingston.
One of Kingston’s premier tourist attractions, Devon House, has converted its brick built servant’s quarters into shops and restaurants. Grog Shoppe is the best of them, surrounded by lush green palms with inside and outside seating areas. Serving a large of range both international and Jamaican fare, there’s plenty for patrons to choose from. The curry goat with rice and peas is the most popular dish on the menu — succulent, juicy and tasty, it’s easy to see why.
Grog Shoppe, Devon House, 26 Hope Rd, Kingston, Jamaica +1 876 929 6602
It’s no secret that the best curry goat is found in downtown Kingston. Wholesome Café, located in the heart of downtown, serves some of the best curry goat in the area. This little eaterie serves super-tender curry goat with rice and salad. There are daily specials and with most meals costing under $8; all you have to worry about is leaving room for pudding!
Wholesome Café, 14 Ocean Blvd, Kingston, Jamaica +1 876 394 6490
Sonia’s is a local downtown favorite offering traditional Jamaican food that tastes just like granny used to make. Tripe and beans, saltfish fritters, sailfish with callaloo and of course curry goat feature regularly on the menu. Try it with one of its delicious natural juices. The menu changes daily, so if you are after a goat fix, call before you go there.
Sonia’s, 17 Central Avenue, Kingston, Jamaica +1 876 929 2435
Located by the waterfront in downtown Kingston is Moby Dick Restaurant. It’s a bit of a trek but has some of the best curried goat on offer in Kingston. Perhaps combine it with a visit to the excellent National Gallery of Jamaica, which is located only a block away. Moby Dick also serves up an array of other Jamaican chicken and beef curries.
Moby Dick Restaurant, 43 Port Royal Street, Kingston, Jamaica +1 876 922 4468
Well known for its catering service, Chungs has three branches: Harbour Street, Maxfield Avenue and Tangerine Place, all of which offer quick dining and takeout. Chungs serves Chinese, international and Jamaican fare. The curry goat is a winner every time here, served with rice and peas, green banana and salad, and is enough to satisfy even the hungriest belly. Open Monday to Friday and very popular with office workers, you’ll often see its delivery van dropping off takeaways at banks and businesses around the capital.
Chungs, 82-82 Harbour Street, Kingston, Jamaica +1 876 948 9138