Making your way up the flight of stairs, you have no idea what's in store for you at the recently opened V Bar and Restaurant. You will immediately be enthralled by the open-air, contemporary and chic layout.
With different areas, housing different styles of seating options, diners can choose whatever area they desire. And if a bar vibe is what you like, the bar section will certainly meet your expectations of a laid-back and casual experience.
Officially opened two months ago by Richard Yang, the spot is said to be the first of its kind in Portmore, St Catherine.
According to Yang, the restaurant and bar, were created to fill a void that had existed in Portmore and surrounding areas for a while, and are an addition they will really appreciate.
"The population in Portmore is huge, and there is really nowhere else for them to sit and dine in a setting like this. I have been living in Portmore and I would have to drive to Kingston to enjoy a place like this. And since the opening, people don't necessarily have to do that," Yang told Food.
Armed with a background in the food industry, Yang knows that a bar and restaurant are only as good as the food that they serve. Meticulous care is now being taken to develop a menu that will adequately satisfy the taste buds of diners. The menu that will offer a fusion of Chinese dishes will officially be launched soon.
Great-tasting food is always complemented by a nicely crafted setting and V Bar and Restaurant is definitely not falling short in either department.
Asked about the inspiration behind the ambience, Yang noted that the design was influenced by his extensive travels.
Garfene Grandison, Assistant Lifestyle Coordinator
It isn't every day that you come across a Caribbean artistic genius poised to take over the fashion scene. Since 2003, The House of D'Marsh, under the leadership of Creative Director Glenroy March, has crystallised his creative impulses into a synergistic blend of structure and design manifested in its couture and ready-to-wear collections. Fast-track to 2013, where his creative genius is epitomised in his artist's ability to present beauty in new and interesting ways.
Jamaica-born New York-based March honed his design skills at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts costume department. He later worked for top Caribbean fashion house, Uzuri International, as an assistant designer.
At the tender age of 21, March represented Jamaica at the internationally renowned fashion competition, 'Total Look Award' in Toronto, Canada, where he made a name for himself. Of course, this was just the beginning. With the formation of The House of D'Marsh, March looks to marry sophistication with fashion-forward sensibility. According to the designer, "You have to find that delicate balance between expanding the taste and sophistication of your audience, while staying in the realm of what they are comfortable with."