Blue Sky Cafe in Norriton?
Has anyone gone to the Blue Sky Cafe carribean restaurant in East Norriton? What is good there?
Well I'm going to end up answering my own question. ;^)
We ended up going there today for my brothers birthday. Blue Sky Cafe is on Germantown Pike near swede, in the shopping center across from the shopping center with minado.
The decor is really nice as I think I had read in the paper. We were in what I'd call the "main" room, which had a formal but whimsical appearance with brightcolored walls and ceiling with faux-sky ceiling tiles. For quite awhile we were the only party in that room (we were a party of 6). Eventually two families were sat in there with kids. The one party knew the chef or something and some of the other party seemed like regulars. The place seemed empty when we got there at 5:30 and, not seeing the rooms near the front, we thought it seemed awfully slow, but when we left we saw that the tables in the front were packed.
At first the prices surprised us a bit, as we thought we had read about most entrees being under $20, but many entrees were more like $25.
Our server was pretty good, though a bit mysterious at times. He explained that he couldn't really describe the "chef's accompianments" as the chef just kind of made them up as he went along and they could change at any moment. It was nice that he also explained that the appetizers were generally pretty small, but the entree portions were a good size. He seemed enthusiastic about the food and remarked how even with a pretty good diversity on the menu, everything was really good.
My brother got the watermelon tequila gazpacho and my wife got the regular gazpacho. I had a taste of the watermelon and remarked that it tasted pretty much like melted water ice. It was not bad though and also had a cilantro flavor. The other gazpacho had a bit of a nice spice though seemed more creamy and thick and a little less tomatoey than I might have expected. (There's also a 3rd gazpacho, but I forget what it was).
For entrees I got the catfish ($20) and my wife got the 1/2 jerk chicken ($14). The catfish was a nice portion of two filets. It was kind of interesting that it was served in a bowl. I guess this is because there was a significant amount of sauce. It was prepared well and had a good flavor, but I think it could have been more seasoned or more spicy. The jerk chicken was very well cooked and juicy and the skin had a good charred flavor, but again was not that spicy. It was kind of a dry rub type of thing. It came with a citrusy sauce which was VERY spicy. We had asked the server what was in the sauce, but he said the chef didn't really reveal such things or something. When the chef talked to the table nearby we asked him and he said it was mostly the jerk spice on the chicken with some beer, etc. This seemed strange as the chicken wasn't really spicy. The chef's accompianments were mainly some string beans which were OK and some carrots which were sort of candied. We both got different rices which were also not bad.
My sister in law got the hanger steak which was really quite good. My wife also got the sweet potato pie for dessert ($5) which she really enjoyed.
In general everyone was reasonably happy with the food, but I'm not sure how soon we'll go back. Other items purchased were the crab pot pie, baby back ribs, crabcake, cucumber and tomato salad. Overall the bill was around $150 (no alcohol was purchased).
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I have now been to Blue Sky twice with my girlfriend and both times the food was excellent. Both times we ate there, they were still remodeling the front, so we were pleasantly surprised when we saw the inside. The decor was very nice and I enjoyed the style and layout.
Both times I got steak, the hanger steak (A+) and I believe it was called the cowboy steak (solid B). The sides were very good and well seasoned. I also remember greatly enjoying the chicken chili appetizer. My girlfriend got seafood both times and remarked on how much she liked everything (I can't remember what she had). We were too full to try the desert, so I can't comment.
I will say that the first time, the service was very good. Our waiter was very attentive, polite, and checked on us frequently. But the second time, our waitress wasn't as good. She was OK, but took a while to get drinks/refills and didn't seem to be as familiar with the menu.
Living around the area and enjoying the food very much, I plan on eating there again.
After tasting this chef's creations, I would happily eat any side dish he chose to make! My husband and I ate at the Blue Sky on Thursday night and we were very impressed. The minute we walked in the door, we were greeted warmly. There is a very nice,cozy bar area, separate from the dining room, has lots of dark wood and low lights and extra seating. The dining room itself as desribed by other posters is really bright, colorful and inviting. It really has a "caribbean" feel to it. They have an attractive iron scrollwork fence separating the booths and they invite diners to hang their coats on its points. The service and food: topnotch. The prices were high, but we don't mind paying when the food is so delicious, the service not only efficient but friendly and did I mention that the food was delicious? We both had soup; I had the a pumpkin cream soup with crab (great) and hubby had turtle(not my fave, but he raved about it). We shared a sea scallop for an appetizer- it was perfect. For an entree, I was in the mood for comfort food and the crab pot pie delivered. It had big chunks of fresh veggies and lots of white crab meat. Hubby loved his crispy duck which was extremely tender and tasty. Side dishes were red rice and beans and greens. We rarely have dessert when we eat out, but we ordered it anyway, just to taste it, and took the rest home. (a banana caramel cheesecake burrito and a coffee infused walnut brownie, both as yummy as they sound) The accompanying coffee was good, too: dark and rich as we rarely get in restaurants. For $5 each, I wanted to take home one of every dessert that was on the menu, but good sense and my tightening waistband prevailed. We also had a drink apiece. They have a big selection of wines and lots of unusual beers on tap (I went with my usual Stoli martini, but my husband was undecided between two of the beers and without asking, was given two samples to help him decide!) Our bill was just a little over $100 with tip, a bit high for us, but we can't wait to go back with friends!
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