Eat, Drink and Lounge at District 5! A district that caters to all your needs.
When it comes to a taste of the islands, District 5 Skylounge (D5) at the R Hotel, in Kingston, Jamaica offers it all. As the name implies, D5 sits atop the only extended stay hotel in the metropolitan area, boasting a view of one of the world’s largest natural harbours, in one of the Caribbean’s trendiest cities. This al fresco lounge and restaurant opened its doors amidst the Covid-19 pandemic in December 2020 and has quickly become the “hot spot” for locals & visitors alike. With a seating capacity of 135 patrons, the restaurant’s true capacity remains unknown, having been established abiding by all the Covid-19 protocols.
D5 caters to a variety of persons, as it is perfectly suited for a myriad of dining options and social networking in one large space. It is inclusive of a fine dining area, casual terrace lounge and The DiMaggio Room (for private events), inspired by the hotel’s co-owner, Joe Bogdanovich. The entire layout allows for comfortable seating arrangements, fresh cool breeze and adequate roofing panels for shade and protection from rain. The décor is also extremely pleasing to the eye, as it features a combination of real and synthetic flora life, with a cohesive color scheme of warm blues and cool shades of teal, grey, white and black. This leads to the space feeling like an exquisite outdoor dining experience, and provides patrons with quite a few “Instagram-able” areas for photos and videos, solidifying D5 as an ideal venue for any event worth celebrating.
I managed to experience this sentiment when I witnessed a beautiful proposal and watched as the entire restaurant celebrated with the newly engaged, despite not knowing them personally. With moments like these, one can not help but reflect on where exactly you want to create memories. “This is our fourth proposal arrangement since opening and thankfully all of them have been a success”, said Executive Chef, Brian Lumley. Having received awards such as Caribbean Chef of the year and Jamaican Chef of the year, Lumley has curated an impressive menu, with dishes inspired by his vast culinary journey spanning Italy and Asia. He describes the menu as “a design of contemporary Jamaican cuisine… with familiar cuisine in flavors cooked with international techniques.” Some of these standout dishes include their ackee and saltfish spring roll, oxtails cannelloni, grilled salmon with their signature spice mix and red wine marinade jerk beef ribeye steak. The menu also consists of the usual items such as burgers, pastas, loaded fries, and seafood specials, but with D5 unique style and flavors.
Since opening its doors, the restaurant has been listed on Eater.com as 1 of the 29 Essential Restaurants in Kingston and was the recipient of The Jamaica Observer Food Awards 2020/2021 “Best Sunday Spot”, for what is arguably the most popular brunch option in the city. There is also an incredible open shelf bar decked out with a variety of liquor and drinks for plenty of beverage options including chocolate martini, wines and fruit drinks. To add even more excitement to your experience, D5 offers signature weekly experiences; such as their Sunday Brunch, interactive themed nights, live acoustic performances in tandem with an eclectic mix of Caribbean and global cuisines. With a team of hospitality experts with decades of combined experiences, patrons are not only offered palate tantalizing menu options, but are treated to elements of Jamaica’s vibrant culture captured through the food, music, art and entertainment.
Special shout out to the entire team and staff behind D5, who have ensured that its doors are kept open and maintain a fantastic ambiance for patrons to simply revel in, and have a full sensory experience in the best possible way. I left thinking how great of a culinary scene D5 was and how I looked forward to returning with more family and friends to a perfect place to Eat. Drink. Lounge.