Kingston 11 Cuisine has been the lifelong dream of Owner and Chef, Nigel Jones. Growing up in Kingston 11, one zip code away from Trenchtown, Nigel was surrounded by the smells, sounds, culture, and taste of urban Kingston. He was trained in the kitchen of his beloved grandmother, Gwen "Miss Gwen" Larmond who taught him to cook by balancing the flavors of the most local of ingredients—fruits and vegetables from the yard. His extensive travels also taught him that the kitchen innovations of poorer communities—the hearty home cooked meals—are the best, most flavorful and therefore most satisfying. For years he has sought to bring his appreciation for his native food and culture together with his desire for a sophisticated dining and lounge experience where all are welcome...Kingston 11 Cuisine has become that place. From their days as a pop-up restaurant in Berkeley, CA to the new space in Oakland’s Uptown, Nigel and his partner Adrian Henderson have seamlessly combined Miss Gwen's legacy of simple home cooking, Jamaica's rich culinary tradition, and the global practice of community-building around food, drink, and music.
Nigel Jones (left) & Adrian Henderson (right), the creative minds behind Kingston 11
In addition to creating a community-vibe, our menu is designed with your health in mind. We craft plates that make the best of the bounty of seasonal fruit and vegetables California offers. We believe that our community deserves to eat the food we love while taking care of our bodies. That’s why we keep deep frying, dairy, and sugar to a minimum and never use lard. Our rice and peas are made with brown rice, our sweet potato wedges are baked with olive oil and our menu features a plethora of options for vegetarians, vegans, and those with nut, dairy, or gluten allergies. Jamaican food can equally accommodate palettes that prefer spice or milder tastes without ever compromising fullness of flavor.
At Kingston 11, we value our guests as our community, indeed our family. We hope you feel the warmth within these walls, in our love-filled cuisine, and in our friendly service.