Triple Century clears the boundary

Jamaica Gleaner article.

Kingston, Jamaica - Smack in the middle of the commercial district by day and the hip strip by night, Triple Century is the newest addition to Knutsford Boulevard.

Already carrying the weight of its prominent owner, international cricketer Chris Gayle, the sports bar and restaurant is poised to become one of the top bars and eateries in the New Kingston area.

With a theme reflecting the cricket superstar's personality and accomplishments, patrons will be in for a treat when they step through the doors of the restaurant.

Entering from the ground floor and making your way up the stairs to the restaurant, your expectations will either be met or exceeded upon entry.

With compartmentalised settings, which includes what could be dubbed the 'Pavillion' area, which overlooks the entire restaurant and the VIP area, guests will be able to choose their seating either at open tables or cosy booths.

Officially opened on October 9, General Manager Radcliffe Haynes told Food that Triple Century was specifically created to appeal not only to locals, but also Chris Gayle's large foreign base.

"Chris has a large following, and quite often, cricketers come here whether to visit or play, and instead of staying at the hotel, they can come over. He is an entertainer and like to play host, and so opening something of the nature was a nice fit."

Still a newbie, Haynes said great emphasis is being placed on the food and the service before rolling out any other activity.

"Once the food is great and the service is equally good, we know people will be coming back. And so that is what we are focusing on now."

Charged with the responsibility of creating the menu is executive chef, Stephen Hamilton. He told Food that the menu was influenced by different ethnicities and culture. According to Hamilton, the offerings were made to set the restaurant apart from others.

"I am a foodie and I go to other restaurants here in Jamaica. So I know what is being offered out there and I know the pros and cons. I wanted something different and out of the box. Take, for example, our oxtail quesadilla, other restaurants will have chicken quesadilla but none has oxtail. And it happens to be one of our bestsellers."

In keeping with the boss' request, Hamilton says only the finest and best-quality ingredients are used to prepare the dishes at the restaurant. And this, he emphasised, gives customers value for their money.

Promoted as the perfect ambience to enjoy good food and entertainment, according to Haynes, "It is the best place for food and service with a great location. It is the place where people can come for lunch and stay for dinner."

Triple Century is open on Monday to Thursday from 11 a.m. to midnight, Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. and Sunday 4 p.m. to midnight. Telephone: 906-0333, 906-3333.

First Published In The Jamaica Gleaner.

Thu, 11/28/2013 - 06:31