Blue Mountain (or Blue Mo as it’s known to locals) brings the Caribbean sunshine to East Dulwich. It’s always packed with locals and prams, who come for the famous breakfasts, homemade cakes and coffee and delicious Jamaican food. I recommend heading there on a Sunday afternoon to enjoy a night of live music and some delicious jerk chicken or super food stew - with your Portico Places card you’ll be treated to a free starter and a glass of rum punch!
This neighbourhood Caribbean café stands out on North Cross Road, with a colourful mosaic frontage and an outdoor seating area that’s always packed with Dulwich locals. Inside, expect stripped wooden floorboards, pendant lighting and the walls to be adorned with colourful art by South London artists. The atmosphere is wonderfully welcoming and there’s fast free Wi-Fi, so there’s always a few students or workers on their laptops. There’s also a lovely back garden to enjoy, decorated with traditional Caribbean mosaic art.
People come from afar to enjoy the authentic Caribbean food on offer here. The menu is a colourful sample of owner Mel Nugent’s favourite Jamaican dishes, offering breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner options. He has always been passionate about food, since the days of watching his grandfather plant fruit, vegetables and coffee in Jamaica. When harvest came he would share his produce with friends, family and his neighbours and that’s why today he loves having a restaurant and being able to share his love of Caribbean food with his new neighbours.
The evening menu has some mouth-watering, must-try dishes, all priced extremely fairly. To start try the jerk wings (£3) or the salt fish fritters (£3), they’re packed with flavour and beautifully crispy, served with a tangy sweet chilli dip. The Ackee and salted fish (£3) is also popular and comes with generously filled cornmeal sweet dumplings. If you dine in on a cold winter’s evening, try their Caribbean veg soup; it’s a hearty and fragrant dish of exotic root vegetables seasoned in thyme, with scotch bonnet peppers, pimento seeds and coconut milk.
Bigger main dishes include curried goat (£10.50), chick pea sweet potato and spinach curry (£7.50), jerk salmon fillet (£9.50) and Caribbean style super food stew (£7.50). Mel recommends the brown down chicken stew, a slow cooked dish which was his grandfather’s favourite, though if you fancy something a little lighter try the roti wraps: authentic Trinidadian flat bread served with your favourite filling. All the mains are served with steamed basmati rice, rice and peas or a fresh lentil salad, but I’d recommend ordering the fried plantain wedges as a side - delicious.
Finish your meal with a homemade desert, or wash it down with a traditional Caribbean drink. Ginger beer and cocktails are very popular, as is Brixton and Red Stripe beer.
New customers can enjoy a free starter and glass of rum punch with their meal