I have to admit, we’re not super foodies here at News of St. John, but we do know a good meal when we have one. And let me tell you all, Virgin Fire is absolutely delicious.
Virgin Fire is the latest restaurant created by Michael and Barbie Barry. It’s located on the upper level over at Mongoose Junction. The Barrys also own Sun Dog Cafe, which is another great spot. I was eager to try Virgin Fire, so I made a reservation and decided to bring along one of News of St. John’s biggest fans – my dad. We had dinner there last week and will definitely be dining there again. Here are the details:
We started off with the fresh baked house popovers. They were served warm with Coral Bay honey butter. We received three for $5 and they sure were yummy, especially the honey butter. Here’s a quick pic:
Each of us then had a Josephine’s Garden salad, which had organic greens, hearts of palm, dried cranberries, cucumbers and a sweet basil vinaigrette. The salads were satisfying and priced at $14 apiece. (Click here to learn more about Josephine’s organic greens, which are grown in Coral Bay.)
For the main dish, I chose the Churassco Steak and Papa News of St. John chose the Jamaican Jerk Pork Porterhouse. My dish came with rosemary gratin, blue cheese fondue (which was amazing) and grilled vegetables with a demi glace. This is a truly scrumptious dish for only $26. The steak was seasoned to perfection, as was the gratin and vegetables. The cheese fondue added a unique flavor that perfectly complemented the dish. The dish was perfectly portioned and left me feeling very satisfied but not overly full.
Papa News of St. John has not stopped raving about his meal since. He said it was his favorite jerk dish he’s found on the island thus far (although he did give high marks to a jerk wrap he had over at High Tide the other day). His dish came with cinnamon apples (which were to die for – I swiped a few), mashed yukon gold mashed potatoes and grilled vegetables. That meal was also priced at $26.
We opted to have dessert (for research purposes of course.) I chose the key lime dish and he chose a Dark & Stormy beer float, yes you read that right – a beer float. My dish was fabulous, especially the homemade caramel that was drizzled on top, and Papa News of St. John enjoyed his float as well.
Overall, I think Virgin Fire is going to be hard to beat. The food is delicious and priced well, and the atmosphere is very nice. Virgin Fire is open Monday through Saturday from 4 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. It will be open seven days a week beginning December 22. You can contact them by calling (340) 777-FIRE or by visiting their website at www.virginfirevi.com
We’ll leave you with a few more pics: