The Hungry Lion restaurant in Negril is a can’t miss dining spot along the cliffs. The food is always incredibly fresh and flavourful, the service is excellent and the ambiance is chill.
When Dave and I decided to come back to Negril this year, the Hungry Lion was at the top of our list of restaurants to return to. We are so glad we did. As we arrived (following a complimentary taxi pick up from our hotel), we passed a couple just leaving. “Get the pumpkin soup,” they exclaimed! Positive reviews from diners just leaving are always a very good sign.
We love sitting in the open air portion of the restaurant, overlooking the Hungry Lion sign. We always love the music here – great ambient chill mixes that you wish you could take home with you for dinner parties. Very cool and very relaxing.
We started with an appetizer that we just can’t resist – stuffed crab backs. They were just as good as we remembered. Yummy and slightly spicy breaded crab, stuffed into little crab backs and baked in the oven. Small bites that are big on flavour.
We then moved on to the recommended pumpkin soup. It was absolutely incredible and worthy of the fanfare! This creamy and fresh soup had a pumpkin base that was mixed with coconut milk and ginger (it reminded me of a laksa). For $4, this wonderful soup is a great value.
Moving on to our entrees, I chose the jerk chicken kebabs with a cucumber and lemon dipping sauce. The portion sized was immense (two very large kebabs with very large chicken, onion and pepper chunks). The kebabs were very spicy and the cucumber sauce was just the right amount of cool for balance. Dave definitely had to help me finish that plate!
Dave chose the killer shrimp, grilled with a light coconut sauce. It was a very tasty dish, along with rice and peas as a side. We both chose that as our side dish, and it was the best rice and peas we had on the island the entire visit. I think it is the extra cinnamon flavour that we dig.
We were enjoying our dinner so much that we decided to go for dessert as well. Our bananas flambe with vanilla ice cream was to-die-for. The bananas were fresh and hot, caramelized and gooey, and delicious with the ice cream.
The Hungry Lion gives four star service, flavour and experience, and we can’t figure out why it isn’t busier each time we have dined there. If we can give one “Would Buy Again” recommendation to anyone visiting Negril it is to add this restaurant to your plans at least once. And at under $90 US for our entire meal (appetizers, entrees, dessert and four drinks) it’s and incredible value that is worth every bite!