Escape to Blue Ridge
Blue Ridge Restaurant and Cottages sits peacefully amid the clouds, close to heaven on Salt Hill in St Andrew.
Owners Sarah Willers and Tabetha Phillips hit the mark with this, their newest venture that was launched last week Thursday. The picturesque property at the top of the hill offers an unmatched view of the iconic Blue Mountains.
It was three years ago that Willers, who had been living in the United States, returned to Jamaica and to the property that has been in her family for more than two decades.
"My mother had passed and I decided that I would come and help Dad with his coffee farm," she told Food.
She knew that the property was something special; something she wanted to share with as many persons as possible. As a Johnson and Wales University-trained chef, she was also itching to get back into the kitchen and into the restaurant business that she had left behind when she left the States. She had operated Caus, a Thai restaurant in Miami.
All the dots were there, waiting to be connected.
Blue Ridge Restaurant is the result of those connected dots and its menu is extensive, giving diners a variety of options. One of the many must-try items on the menu is the barbecue glazed pork chops. Tender to the touch, the pork chops melt in your mouth, igniting taste buds with juicy flavour.
There's also a fun popcorn shrimp served with its own secret dipping sauce.
For a healthy treat, the garden salad served with dried cranberries and glazed walnuts might be for you.
A Jamaican twist has been added to the Mexican dish - quesadilla. Served with a mango salsa, the local mangoes add a sweet flavour to the spicy dish that will make your palate celebrate.
Willers also brought some of her Thai experience to the dessert menu, with her amazing Thai donuts served with a choice of three sauces - chocolate, caramel and rum butter. If you are more of an ice cream fan, then the banana flambÈ might be more to your taste. The vanilla ice cream mixed with the ripe bananas will give you chills with every spoonful.
Though the restaurant is only open to the public for dinner on Fridays and lunch and dinner on Saturdays and Sundays, if you want to experience the meals during the week, staying at one of three on-property cottages is a worthwhile option. Each has its own decor named after an exotic animal. The Butterfly cottage can house up to four persons while the Peacock and Dragonfly accommodate two each. The rooms are cosy and quiet, a perfect getaway from the everyday world.
Blue Ridge Restaurant and Cottage
Location: Salt Hill, Lot 9
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Business partners Tabetha Phillips (back row, left) and Sarah Willers along with their little helpers, Phillips' children Elizabeth Fonseca and Nathanael Davidson.
W-The Butterfly cottage which opens up to a fantastic view of the mountains can accommodate four.