I havent been to Port Royal in about approximately two years, so my mate and I decided last Friday night to drive out to Port Royal for Fish.
Port Royal as you may know is a well known fishing village in Kgn near the Norman Manley Int’l Airport. Its a place where is made famous by Gloria’s Kitchen. She serves up different varieties of Fish and in various styles: Escoveiched, Fried, Steamed and Roasted.
We arrived in Port Royal at about 9:15 pm to a very lively atmosphere, soul music from the resident sound system filled the air, the local villagers were hanging about relaxing kids and adults alike. Port Royal Ram as Jamaicans would say, it seems a lot of people has the same idea we had.
Dozens of Fish Vendors were plying their wares in glass cases. All the watering holes were open. The parking spaces are few but we managed to find one. We parked with the close guidance of the self acclaimed parking attendant.
We had intended to go to Gloria’s but it was way too packed, so we decided to go further down the road where we discovered a very stocky Roast Fish lady. She was very pleasant and welcomed us. We were delighted as we discovered how fresh her offerings of fish were when we were asked to choose one of our liking. To my Mates dismay there was no Parrot so we had no choice and settled with 2 nice sized yellow tailed Snappers.
We watched as she expertly cut down the centre of the fish from the under side and applied margarine, seasoning which was pre-prepared and some okras. They were then foil wrapped and delivered to Conroy who aptly placed them on a sheeting above scorching flames in what we Jamaicans call a Jerk Pan.
We were then seated as we waited, the music by now has changed to Reggae and the tunes of the Cool Ruler were being belted from the boxes of Bravestar Port Royal’s resident sound.
We were happy to have made that trip as we seldom have a Friday night off and the change of scenery was good. It was good, great atmosphere, great company, and great music. What else could I ask for?
After about 20 minutes the fish arrived and they smelt good. As we removed the foil from the white well seasoned meat the aroma told me me we were in for a wonderful treat.
The fish was well cooked and very tasty, we were happy we came, we thoroughly enjoyed our Fish Dinner. I was very full and so was my companion, we ate held hands and savoured the moment.
We thought we should do this again sometime very soon.