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Barbados Report - Long'ish

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Just got back from 10 days in Barbados and had some good, and some awful meals. Here are a few:

Cocomos - Great lunch place with fabulaous rotis and an amazing blackended flying fish wrap

The Cliff - What a great spot, unlike the rest of the island where service was at best spotty, this place rocks! (please excuse the pun). had the terrine to start (excellent) as well as the crab salad (OK). Main courses were braised lamb with mustard mash and the thai seafood curry. Accompanied with a fine bottle of Gaja overlooking the sea this was a great evening, but not a cheap one!

Daphnes - Service was really quite awful but the location was great and the food was good. I requested a specific table in advance and they said they would hold it for me. A couple came in just before us and were seated at the same table I requested even though the restaurant was empty. Not a good start as they were completely unapologetic. Daphnes calls themselves an authentic Italian restaurant but it was quite an ecclectic menu. Had the sea bass baked in salt (amazing) and the fishermands linguini.

Lone Star - Great location and amazing service but the menu and food was not so good. Trying to be very Ivy (London) with an eclectic menu that featured everthing from shepards pie to Thai cury. Had to send my pasta back as it was way to salty (and I love salt) and the crispy duck in pancakes was dry and tasteless.

Roti Hut - Home made rotis that just taste amazing

Sitar - Fabulous curry restaurant in a little alleyway/mews on the west side. The naans are huge an dthe butter checken to die for.

Fish Fry - every weekend in Oistins. A food experience you will never forget.

Cheffette - Dont, please dont......

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  1. I live in Barbados and this is one of the best reviews I have read about the restaurants and service here from a visitor. I think that its a very fair review.

    I often experience some of the same problems you identifed. I have eaten at all the places you mentioned except the Cliff which I will do someday soon.

    I DON'T, EVER, do chefette:)

    1. Ooooh, jealous. I used to live in Barbados and I often dream of Sitar's butter chicken. I have yet to find a place that duplicates that heavenly flavor! Also dream of Tide's rack of lamb and lemon tart. Mmmm.

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      1. re: dinami

        You know, I am embarrassed. I didnt include Tides on my original post and it was a great place. Service was wonderful and the food was excellent. I had the special lobster with saffron rice and vegetables and it was fab. The setting is beautiful also. There were 4 of us and we all agreed that the food was on a par with The Cliff but the meal was a fraction of the cost. Thanks for jogging my memory Dinami!

      2. Nice report. I've been travling to Barbados for many years and love the island and the many great restaurants. But I haven't been on the island in about 4 years. In the past I've had excellent meals at The Cliff. But I didnt see Carambola. So,is Carambola still in operation... I imagine it would be. Have you been there? They always had a great chef and an amazing, amazing view right on the cliffs. On a much more casual note, I've had some nice meals at Olives.

        Also, have wonderful memories of La Cages au Folles in the old days... anyone remember this special spot and the owner, Nick?

        Barbados is such a wonderful place... timeless. Amazing weather, wonderful restaurants, great beaches (I stay in the St. James area), and warm friendly people.

        1. I've been to Bdos a number of times and sometimes a quick roti & juice from Cheffette hits the spot - especially if you have been out and about all day.

          A great made-in-Barbados alternative to lousy fast food, imho.

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          1. re: westhead74

            I agree--yummy rotis. And the potatoes they use for the fries have so much more flavor than what we get in the US--they must come from South America.

            Also Chefette is cheap! When in Barbardos on a budget there are not a lot of options--restaurants are expensive! Does anyone have any tips for bargain, authentic chow?

            A fish meal from one of the small kitchens at Oistins was probably the best thing I ate in Barbados...

          2. I thought I'de add Aqua on the list - I had an amazing dinner there a few months ago...it was hands down better than The Cliff which too many people rave on about :)

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            1. re: fifi

              To compare Aquas to the cliff is hilirous Aquas food was awful they hired a former chef from The Cliff and not to be rude but I can see why he isn't at the cliff.
              The food was over priced and portions small. I wa svery dissapointed to say the least.

              The South Coast( South Seas), Pisces, and West Tides and Yes Daphnes Of course ( The Cliff) Aqua will never be in this league period!