Moon Author's Review
Seaside Dutchie (11a.m.-11p.m. daily, US$3-20) opened 10 October 2017 in an unassuming seaside lot adjacent to Fantasy Beach Club at Priory Beach. Husband-and-wife team Mark Cole and Taydeen Oliver created an extensive menu that adds flair to Jamaican favorites like steamed fish and red pea soup, all served in traditional aluminum Dutch pots. Starters range from conch fritters to wings, ackee and saltfish spring rolls, tostones and escoveitch or blackened sprat. Soups also include goat head, pumpkin and the "Swim Around" with fish, corn salsa and veggies. Whole fish is filleted and prepared steamed or fried, the head-to-tail deep fried and plated in swimming position. Other menu items include vegetarian pasta, dubbed Haile Selassie I, curried goat and fried chicken. Burgers, pork sandwiches and grilled cheese are among the items from Dutchie's "Sub Bar". A raised wooden deck overlooks the beach and a cozy indoor dining room provides cover when needed. A covered circular bar between the seating area and kitchen has ample seating. Patrons are welcome to make use of the beach, which is well maintained and fit for swimming with gentle lapping waves on calm days.