25 September 2018
Barbados is best known for its glorious white-sand beaches, luxury resorts and friendly locals, but it’s no stranger to great food either. This small Caribbean island is jam-packed with fantastic restaurants; we’ve shared our favourites so you know where to treat your tastebuds on a Bajan retreat.
Perched on the famed Platinum Coast, this exclusive restaurant is renowned for its idyllic setting, laid-back atmosphere and celebrity clientele. Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, its menu is a fusion of European fare and Caribbean influences, such as shredded aromatic duck and Lone Star chicken tikka marsala curry. Ask your Travel Counsellor to book you a table, as reservations are usually mandatory for the island’s most popular eatery.
“What I had not realized before visiting Barbados was the great food I would get to sample. There are some absolutely fabulous restaurants to try, our favourites being Champers, The Fish Pot and Lone Star, which is right next to Ju Ju’s, a great beach café.”
Katrina, Travel Counsellor
Also located on the Platinum Coast, this is another Barbados institution. On the menu is a vast array of both Caribbean and worldwide favourites, from chargrilled mahi-mahi to shrimp ravioli. The Cliff also specialises in celebrations, so if you’re looking to mark a wedding or other special occasion or to host a private party, your Travel Counsellor can help you to arrange it at The Cliff.
While this is not strictly a restaurant, you can’t talk about eating out in Barbados without mentioning it. Oistins is a town on the country’s south coast, and on a Friday night, Oistins Bay Gardens plays host to ‘fish fry,’ an informal outdoor grill using fresh Bajan ingredients, prepared right in front of you. Whether you’re looking for seafood, meat or a vegetarian option, you’ll find a vendor to pile your plate high with delicious island food.
Daphne’s is the perfect place to enjoy a refined meal in a beachfront location. The food is a fusion of modern Italian and island seafood. Those staying at The House by Elegant Hotels, who own the restaurant, have access to the themed nights held here. From the Bajan dinner buffet to Fisherman’s Night, you won’t be disappointed by the tantalising offerings from chef Marco Festini Cromer.
Known for its fresh seafood and panoramic views of the Atlantic Ocean and Crane Beach, L’Azure restaurant serves up a tempting range of classic international and Caribbean delicacies, from seafood soup to mouthwatering desserts. One of its best offerings is its Sunday morning Gospel Breakfast, where you can dine to the sound of a live performing choir.
A favourite of those visiting the island, Champers is one of the south coast’s best restaurants, with a spectacular oceanfront setting. Expect plenty of fresh seafood in generous portion sizes and with striking flavours, such as shrimp with mango. Make sure you allow time for a wander around the fantastic art gallery upstairs, which features the works of regional artists.
One of Barbados’ best pick-up-and-go options, Chefette is the biggest restaurant chain on the island and is known for its rapid service and variety, offering everything from burgers and chicken pasta to a special healthy menu. You can even use a Chefette drive-thru if you’re in a hurry.
As well as a menu of great snack food including flying fish fingers, popcorn shrimp and beer-battered fish of the day, Shakers is known for its rum cocktails – as a great digestif. This south coast institution is a great place to spend an informal evening in a cosy setting.
If you would like to book yourself a tasty trip to the isle of Barbados, contact your Travel Counsellor.