Last week, Kingston 11 was recommended by Michelin Guides in their 2015 SF Bay Area Guide and I can't be more excited for them. I was introduced to Kingston 11 when my friend Christina of East Bay Dish had her 5th anniversary celebration there last year in October. I instantly fell in love with their Jamaican food and dark and stormys. It was an awesome experience because it felt like I was learning about the culture of Jamaica with my mouth. The food is truly a harmony full of flavors that are bold, yet well-balanced. I swear, the food at Kingston 11 runs through my mind at least once every two-three weeks.
There's a lot of options to choose from their menu and vegans and vegetarians will find nearly as many options as meat lovers have.
Here's a look at my three favorite dishes at Kingston 11 that absolutely cannot be missed. I'm going to warn you that you may be very hungry after reading this post.
Dark and Stormy
As soon as you sit down to dine, you have to start off with a dark and stormy cocktail. It is the best dark and stormy that I've ever had. The gentle spiciness from their in-house ginger beer makes the cocktail outstanding and robust. Christina told me to go easy on it because they're really strong and she was right. I had four that night and it did sneak up on me later. It was worth it.
Salt Fish Fritters
These crispy golden gems are loaded with gently salted fish and served with organic dairy and nut-free chimichurri. I ordered two orders of these because I couldn't get enough.
You usually can't go wrong with an order of plantains, but these plantains were perfect. The ripe plantains are fried and served with a vegan black bean sauce and sour cream. It was almost like eating dessert.
I love cooking with oxtails at home and it's one of my favorite cuts of meat to eat, so whenever I see it on a menu I have to get it. The oxtails at Kingston 11 is served with plantains, beans and jasmine rice - and the meat falls right off the bone. It is super flavorful, rich and buttery enough to slowly melt in your mouth. I had very little leftover, mostly beans, but still took it home with me to enjoy later.
There's just not enough words to describe how much I enjoy dining at Kingston 11. The vibe is awesome and the service is super friendly to boot. This is the type of place that I want to introduce all of my friends to.
VISITING KINGSTON 11
2270 Telegraph Ave, Oakland, CA 94612
Lunch: Tuesday - Friday 11am-2pm
Dinner: Tuesday - Saturday 5pm-10pm
Brunch: Sunday 11am-4pm
Irie Hour: Tuesday - Saturday 5pm-7pm