We just returned from our third visit to Couples Sans Souci and decided to take an off-resort trip to Scotchies this time. I have to tell you that every single employee at CSS that we spoke to had the same thing to say about Scotchies..."its the best jerk around". We were not disappointed!
My husband and I are real jerk fans but nothing prepared us for what honest to goodness jerk really is. That first bite of real Jamaican jerk provided a smoky, sweet, unctuous, tantalizing and absolutely mind boggling taste that blew my mind. I couldn't speak except to say "Oh My God". I think that's all I said over and over for the first several bites. The next words were "I've never had anything like this! Its amazing" Then I went back to eating. My husband, well I don't think he said much of anything beyond "Mmmmmmm" or "Unbelievable". Of course there was "This sauce is amazing!" to be heard several times. The chicken was perfect. The pork was on the fatty side so you had to eat around that. There were greasy fingers in the end but napkins took care of that so make sure you grab plenty.
The jerk sauce you can get on the side had this surprising fruitiness to it and mixed with the pepper heat is so tantalizing your taste buds forget that it’s really pretty hot. The first few bites are sublime till the heat catches up to you and you really need that Red Stripe. The color of the sauce was a orange-yellow which is the color of ripe but not devil hot, scotch bonnets. You eat a red or brown scotch bonnet and you may not have any taste buds left in your mouth and may never get them back. (At least this is what the locals tell us and we are not about to try to find out) This orange-yellow is so far from the jerk sauce we, as Americans, are used to that it looks rather innocuous. There is definitely heat to it but not so hot as to induce hiccups. (A sure sign for me that something is beyond my scoville abilities.)
The other food that accompanied greatness must be mentioned as well. Festival is a kind of cornbread/ breadstick that is common to the daily meal of most Jamaicans. It’s somewhat sweet and chewy but quite tasty. It was a nice accompaniment to the spicy jerk. The sweet potatoes were steamed and also a lighter yellow-orange color. Not that dark orange Americans typically associate with them. They were also a little sweet and helped with the heat. The peas and rice were just that. Nothing special. The Red Stripe, beyond being a necessity for the heat, was good and cold.
I have to mention, this place is beautiful! There are several shelters to eat under and each is covered in hibiscus flowers in a myriad of different colors. It's actually very charming. I would highly recommend this place as side trip for any visitor to Ocho Rios. There is also a location in Montego Bay and a new location in Columbus Bay which is closer to where some of the larger cruise ships come in. We went around 4pm on Friday and it wasn't crowded at all.
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