Restau­rant Week:

Jamaica Gleaner - - FOOD - Tick­oya Josephs Gleaner Writer

THE AT­MOS­PHERE is filled with el­e­gance and class once Fae Elling­ton en­ters the space. But do you know that among her dozens of at­tributes that she is also a foodie? Which is quite fit­ting as she is one of The Gleaner’s Restau­rant Week am­bas­sadors.

Over the past few months, 218 Gourmet on Moun­tain View Av­enue has cre­ated quite a buzz on all so­cial me­dia plat­forms with breath­tak­ing pho­tos of meals pre­pared by chef An­dre Sewell. It is safe to say that the tal­ent for cook­ing is in his blood,be­cause com­puter sci­ence was his area of study. His par­ents were the pi­o­neers to what has be­come his suc­cess story.

Red peas soup was the soup of the day, and the sound of the spoon touch­ing the base of the bowl was tes­ta­ment to the great taste as Fae had ev­ery last drop. Hand­ing over the bowl to the wait­ress, she was beam­ing with ex­cite­ment as she knew there were more great treats to come.

PER­SONAL DE­LIV­ERY

Es­cov­eitched snap­per and mango BBQ chicken served with fried bread­fruit, fried bammy and sweet potato was Fae’s dish of choice, and this was de­liv­ered by the head chef him­self.

Quite the charmer, Sewell was in­vited to sit while the am­bas­sador dined. They spoke of the dif­fer­ence and unique­ness in his dishes, and in due time Fae re­alised that pas­sion was the rea­son for the suc­cess in the hum­ble walls of 218 Gourmet.

“Stop!” Ex­claimed Fae. Per­sons stopped chew­ing, talk­ing and stared with fright and cu­rios­ity. “This bad!” sev­eral au­di­ble sighs of relief were heard and the si­lence was bro­ken with chuck­les. Sewell’s dish was given the stamp of ap­proval by Fae, who boasted that she her­self was a great cook and there­fore it was a great com­pli­ment.

Choco­late and jack­fruit en­tremet — a choco­late bis­cuit base, with lay­ers of salted caramel, choco­late cre­meux and jack­fruit jelly frosted with a spice rum cheese­cake mousse was the closer. It would be per­fect for a fea­ture on the Food Net­work as no one had ever thought of putting such flavours to­gether.

Very se­ri­ous about her health and fit­ness, Fae had de­cided not to have dessert, but be­ing open to new things, she had to give this dessert a try. For this com­mu­ni­ca­tion spe­cial­ist, there were sim­ply no words to de­scribe this taste of heaven.

In fact, she should still be walk­ing off the en­tire slice, so you may pass her on your way to 218 Gourmet.

218 Gourmet 218 Moun­tain View Av­enue 946-1878/538-2837

A very pleased Fae Elling­ton en­joy­ing her red peas soup.

Raphaelita Black (left) tak­ing Fae Elling­ton’s or­der.

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