Jamaican cuisine is a complex mix of all the cultures that have come to her shores. The native Arawak Amerindians, the Chinese, the Spanish, the English and the Indians all brought their own culinary staples and cooking techniques when they settled on the island. More recently, Rastafarians, upholding the ideals of vegetarianism, have placed emphasis on natural foods. Drawing from these diverse roots, Rockhouse, offers both traditional Jamaican cooking and our interpretation of New Jamaican cuisine.
Rockhouse is home to three of Negril's most talked about restaurants; the Rockhouse Restaurant, Pushcart Restaurant & Rum Bar, and the Pool Grill & Bar. The Rockhouse Restaurant features new Jamaican cuisine, a lighter, modern interpretation of classic Jamaican cooking. The Rockhouse is also home to Pushcart Restaurant & Rum Bar located next door at the Pirate's Cave, offering guests an opportunity to enjoy traditional Jamaican street food and authentic home cooking while sampling the Caribbean's finest rums. At the Pool Bar & Grill there is a luncheon menu of jerk chicken, seafood and burgers all prepared on an open grill and featuring the Pool Grill's famous jerk mayonnaise.
Executive Chef Warren Rowe joined Rockhouse in 2012 as Exec Sous Chef with a great passion for food and over a decade of practical culinary leadership experience. Warren worked previously as the Executive Chef at The Grandiosa Hotel in Montego Bay. Prior to that he worked for the great Norma Shirley, one of Jamaica's most revered chefs and considered the Julia Childs of Caribbean cuisine, as Executive Chef of "Norma's at Seasplash Hotel" in Negril. Warren's earliest culinary experience was gained working at Couples Negril alongside Executive Chef Stefan Spath as a Team Leader. Chef Warren has a Bachelors of Science Degree in Hospitality Management with a major in Culinary Chef Management from the Western Hospitality Institute in Montego Bay where he continued as a lecturer after his graduation. He also serves as a Vice President of the Culinary Federation of Jamaica. Chef Warren was born and raised only a few miles from the hotel and believes that as a chef "we have an awesome responsibility within our community; we must act responsibly, share our knowledge and be ambassadors for our trade and country". Warren's passion for food is evident on a daily basis at Rockhouse.
All three restaurants are perched cliff side - reach out and you can almost touch Negril's spectacular sunset. The vibe is always laid back; you'll find that bare feet are more common than dress shoes. As the restaurant's menu cover most appropriately warns "Visiting Rockhouse for lunch can lead to staying for the sunset, ordering a cocktail, booking for dinner, checking in for a week, and coming back every year for the rest of your life ... Don't say we didn't warn you!"
"Perched high on one of West End's coral cliffs, Rockhouse is arguably the most romantic restaurant in Negril. Rockhouse serves up New Jamaican fare, a good international wine list, and cliff-top views from its tiki-torch-lit deck, along with a big helping of Negril's spectacular sunsets. Try the curried island shrimp in a papaya boat or the Red Stripe beer-battered snapper."
"This is the most architecturally dramatic restaurant, with some of the best food, in Negril. Come here for a sense of vertigo (if you happen to lean over the railing), flashes of décor you might have expected on the Great Barrier Reef of Australia, and one of the most worldly and international crowds in town."
"Negril's finest waterside eatery offers "new Jamaican cuisine" in what is unquestionably a beautiful setting. Perched on the edge of Pristine Cove, simple furniture, flaming torches and a wicked soundtrack all conspire to realize a delightful eating experience."