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The spot: Ashli's Bistro, yum for your tum

Published:Saturday | November 6, 2010 | 12:00 AM
Bee farmer and agriculture devotee Aya Mukulu (left), and regional director of media and environment at Panos Caribbean, Indi Mclymont-Lafayette, share captivating smiles during a conversation at Ashli's Bistro last Saturday.
Ashli (left), after whom the bistro is named, draws close for a shot with mom Monique Walcott.
Barbara Francis, an employee of Ashli's Bistro, shows off her hard work and final product, a 21-inch meaty pizza.
Cherise Walcott can't resist the temptation of dipping into a snack of nachos and cheese with (from second left) Khalil Jones and D'Jran and Leila Lafayette.
Lunchtime is sure to be more interesting with a meal like this - savoury barbecue pork served with rice and peas.
A warm serving of sweet chilli wings and seasoned fries is always a good choice for food lovers who enjoy a little bit of sweet and a little bit of spicy. - Photos by Stephanie Lyew

Stephanie Lyew, Gleaner Writer

Are you wondering where to grab a bite with the family this afternoon or to rendezvous with a friend this evening? Step out of the box (literally), away from the fast food drive-through service and walk-in restaurants resembling a tuck shop in a high school cafeteria and stroll to a comfortable sidewalk-savvy café on Knutsford Boulevard.

Ashli's Bistro, formerly the site of Pizza Pazza but now owned by Dr Geoffrey Walcott and his wife, Monique, birthed from an idea to use a bistro as a tool of motivation for their daughter, Ashli, whose love of food and innovating meals precedes her love of school.

Like a baby at six weeks old, Ashli's Bistro is beginning to grasp basic developmental concepts like preparing delectable yet affordable meals for the masses, especially those individuals trying to escape pricier eateries in New Kingston.

The menu includes appetisers such as sweet chilli wings served with seasoned fries, tapas meals (small meals) such as guava barbecue baby back ribs and alfredo penne pasta and pizzas with toppings ranging from jerked sausage to seafood.

"We want persons to come to Ashli's hungry and leave feeling like we've made their day," says Monique Walcott.

"Food must be made from the heart. There's nothing better than warm food, and all our customers thus far can not only taste but feel that."

Ashli's Bistro invites everyone to come by during Restaurant Week, which runs from November 13-20, to try items off the menu.

"We can guarantee if you're hungry and you come to Ashli's, no matter how far away, you'll be satisfied you took the walk or drive to us," said Monique Walcott.

The bistro is located at the Wyndam External Shops, Shop 5, 77 Knutsford Boulevard. Parking is available in the Wyndham hotel parking lot. Call 1-876-906-4959 or contact the bistro's public relations representative at 1-876-406-1986 for more information on catering services.

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Delivery service available (a partial partnership with Ashli's Bistro and Swoop).

Only restaurant in the New Kingston area to offer gourmet thin-crust 21" pizzas.

Lunches start at $250, up to $1,200.

Opened 24 hours on weekends and service available to customers on public holidays.