A party of six of us arrived at Starapples
for lunch. Six lunches and drinks gave us a good sample of what
Starapples has to offer. There are a couple of small dining rooms
and the crowd was young to middle-aged adults -- mostly Jamaican
or Jamaican expatriates. The decor is fairly simple and charming.
The food servers, although fairly efficient were also relaxed
and charming. We did have one mix-up with an order that was never
delivered. But other than that everything went well.
From the reports of others in my lunch
party, the curry goat was excellent and satisfied one overseas
visitor's quest for a good plate of curry goat while on the Island.
The oxtail and beans got an equally good review. Two of us had
vegetable rundown. For one it was all thumbs up. For me the vegetable
rundown, served over bammies that resembled dumplings and rice
and peas, was good but I longed for rundown as I remembered it
-- a little more coconut oil and little thicker custard. Nevertheless
it was quite satisfying. For my drink, I had Jew plum drink which
was quite good as were the other fruit drinks that others in
our dining party had. I can't remember which entrees the other
two people in our party had, but I do remember that they gave
thumbs up on their meals. So, other than the glitch with the
order, our dining experience was quite positive.
Starapples has excellent food, good
prices and a pleasant atmosphere. The staff is friendly, not
too intrusive, and fairly efficient. I especially appreciated
that they allowed us time to engage in conversation after our
meal. The food is for the most part phenomenal. And Starapples is
a great venue for a business lunch.
The menu offers food in the following
seafood - 6 entrees
chicken - 5 entree
all time Jamaican favorites - 5 entrees
pork - 3 entrees
vegetarian - 4 entrees
pasta - 4 entrees
and salad - 3 entrees.
Sample prices, lunch and dinner menu:
Appetizers: Soup, saltfish fritters, jerk sausages with
dip, pepper shrimp, vegetable samosas. Prices for appetizers
range from $100 (soup) to $300 (pepper shrimp) or approximately
from $1.65 to $5.00 US.
Sample lunch and dinner entrees with
steamed fish: $400 (approximately $6.50 US)
jerk chicken: $320 (approximately $6.35 US)
curried goat: $300 (approximately $5.00 US)
stewed pork: $350 (approximately $5.85 US)
callaloo quiche: $300 (approximately $5.00 US)
meatballs and spaghetti : $300 (approximately $5.00 US)
jerk chicken salad: $300 (approximately $5.00 US)
Meals are served with a choice of rice
and peas, white rice, pumpkin rice, baked potato, festival, bammies,
roti and steamed vegetables or tossed garden salad.