Chef Jason Knibb isn’t one to rest on his many laurels as his “Mercy of the Chef” prixe-fix dinners confirm. Though not overly complex, his innovative farm-to-table creations hit all the right notes. His signature Jamaican Jerk Pork Belly, a tasty homage to his Montego Bay roots, is always on the menu. Everything else is determined by the ingredients fresh that day. I can vouch for the Hamachi sashimi with shitake mushrooms and whatever preparation he lands on for the beef short ribs. Unless you’re a picky eater, go for the prix fixe menus with matching wines for the best take on Knibb’s style. Save room for pastry chef Rachel King’s varying flavors for panna cotta, mousse, or seasonal sorbets. The casual, sophisticated setting, in the aptly named Grand Colonial Hotel, encourages lingering whether in the high-ceilinged, mahogany-accented dining room or the outdoor patio. Breakfast and lunch are available as well, with a half-hour break between the two meals and a longer break before dinner.
- Frommer's Staff