Take a Trip to Jamaica without Leaving the Lou
University City, MO: (STLRestaurant.News) – Some days you just need a little vacation. Not a big, long trip with luggage, cramped plane rides, and tap water of dubious quality—you just a respite from the mundane, humdrum grind of everyday life. You need a micro-vacay! But what if you can’t get away for the weekend, or even an overnight? Then make it a meal. You still have to eat right? Dinner (or lunch) can be the little tropical pick-me-up you need. Dinner at De Palm Tree Restaurant, 8631 Olive Blvd in University City, is like a quick trip to the tropics, offering the food and friendliness of Jamaica.
The food of the Caribbean is a vibrant, deliciously spicy and comfortable fusion of tropical ingredients with the cultures that have influenced the region. Jamaican cuisine is a melting pot of colors, textures, and flavors with a warmth that reflects the people of this island nation. De Palm Tree Restaurant is a cozy oasis that specializes in dishes that blend the exotic island vegetables and deliciously spicy flavors in traditional Jamaican dishes. They serve it with such warmth and genuine friendliness that it will transport you straight to the Caribbean, whether you stop in for lunch or dinner. They’re open Monday – Thursday from 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m., Friday & Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m., and Sundays from noon to 8 p.m. They offer casual dining, takeout, and catering. This is a small restaurant, so reservations are recommended for large parties.
The menu at De Palm Tree offers a little something for everyone. You’ll find the expected dishes, like curried shrimp, chicken, or goat (done Jamaican style: simmered with carrots, tomatoes and onions). There’s also succulent Jamaican Jerked Pork and smoky Jerked Chicken. But they also offer some dishes you won’t find just anywhere, like the Jamaican National Dish: Ackees and Salt Fish. Ackee is the national fruit of Jamaica. It has a buttery, creamy texture and a mild flavor similar to heart of palm. The fish adds a salty tang to this seasonal dish. De Palm Tree serves theirs with tomatoes and onion. It is a seasonal specialty. Or try the Escovitch Fish. It’s a spicy Jamaican style pickled fish. Or how about some Oxtail Stew? It’s a specialty at De Palm Tree, seasoned well and cooked tender with butter sauce. The cabbage that comes on the side of most dishes is outstanding. It’s tender with a bit of crunch, and delicately seasoned with just the right blend of sweet, sour, and savory.
The menu also includes several vegetarian-friendly options, like the Black Bean Stew—a spicy combination of black beans, potatoes, garlic, herbs and hot pepper. And everything tastes great with a side of fried plantains!
Wash it all down with a ginger beer or Ting (Jamaican grapefruit soda), or opt for their fruity rum punch. Don’t skip dessert! De Palm Tree offers authentic Caribbean Rum Cake or try the Banana Rum Fritters—sliced banana marinated in rum and sugar, then battered and fried. They’re like little bite-sized pieces of paradise. Now what could be more refreshing than that, mon?