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Nov 22, 2010 10:21 AM

Barbados Dining?

What's the best way to spend a week in Barbados? All Inclusive or dine around? If dine around, what are the highlights?

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  1. I would be curious, too. Looking for February sadly husband and I will be travelling with a non-Chowish couple, but we still need to eat!

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    1. re: dennisl

      Go to St. Lawrence Gap Friday night for Oistens Fish Fry. Flying fish is's a fun local event...NOT to miss. If you ever see Roti on a menu, try's a burrito Indian kind of treat filled with chicken or fish...

      1. re: phelana

        Second Oistens (FRIDAY NIGHT ONLY - local food, fish market w/stands, music) - ask for "2 and a bun" . . .

        Second Gap (means "road" in Barbadian) - Pisces (get the baracuda) and Sweet Potatoes (see more in post below).

        Barbados has 2 beers (IMHO Danks is better).

        1. re: financialdistrictresident

          Any night in Oistens is good for local fish.

          Specifically try Pat's (my #1) or Margaret's (spelling?). Get the dolphin fish (mahi-mahi) grilled and the flying fish fried. Sides are so-so but Pat's homemade pasta (like a German spaetzle) was great. Tried to get the 5 spices seasoning recipe from Pat but no luck. Definitely thyme and allspice in there though.

          Best meals in Barbados.

          1. re: PoppiYYZ

            Thanks PoppiYYZ.

            Hoping to get to Oistins and enjoy the music, bars & food stalls. Is there only music on Fridays?

        2. Have to agree with the Oistins Fish Fry - amazing and fun! Probably the closest thing you'll get to 'real' carribbean food in Barbados, short of getting out tf the tourist areas.

          At the top of the Gap, where the Gap road meets the main road, there was -a a few years ago - a great roti place right on the corner. Shrimp roti packed full of shrimp. There was also a very expensive seafood restaurant in the Gap - Poisidon? Atlantis? - which was quite good.

          Be warned - Barbados is VERY expensive to eat out.

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          1. re: BequiaT

            I think the seafood restaurant you're thinking of is Pisces ... I haven't been in a few years but it used to be very good and a beautiful setting ...

            1. re: CocoTO

              Hi there,
              Love Barbados! Love! :) We were just there for 2 weeks in November and had an incredible time.

              You must do Oistin's as everyone suggests, on Friday night. You MUST also go to Shakers - owner is Amy. Another little gem called 39 steps. Chef is Jon.
              And please, if you see any street food, and you will, stop and eat. Especially if it is in a church parking lot. Trust me :).

              It captured our heart so much that I wrote a 3 part series about it here:

              The titles are:
              1. 13º 10 N 59º 32 W …
              2. Promises ...
              3. Bottoms up ...

              Have a great time! :)

              1. re: oana

                oana, we're planning another trip to Montreal in Spring . . .check out the Montreal Board. Suggestions welcome . . .

                Second your street food rec. SO always eats at the street vendors/carts. Bajan hot sauce please!

                1. re: oana

                  Really enjoyed Shaker.

                  Had grilled potatoes, cole slaw, side salad, and beer breaded flying fish. Bajan hot sauce.

                  Cash or local checks only. Not a cloth napkin kind of place.

                2. re: CocoTO

                  It's Pisces. Reservations are suggested. Get the baracuda.


                  Also in Gap area - Sweet Potatoes. This might be more of a drinking & music place . . .Don't remember hearing much about the food here from SO. . .

                    1. re: financialdistrictresident

                      Hey fdr,

                      I wish I was able to be there now.

                      I'm pretty sure we'd be able to find somewhere else to get a tasty bite and something to wash it down with...


                      1. re: PoppiYYZ

                        PoppiYYZ, drove by Oistins. Not planning to go before Christmas. Too crowded. Maybe when it's not high season.

                        Really want to try cou cou, bread fruit. Never had fresh papaya before. So good.

                    2. re: financialdistrictresident

                      Went to Sweet Potatoes. No live music when we were there. Had cou cou made with bread fruit. Very good. Looking forward to trying cou cou made with cornmeal and okra. Food was just okay. Service was slow. Would probably not return.

                      Also went to MOJO. Heard food is good. We just had drinks and apps.

                  1. re: financialdistrictresident

                    and the fish fingers. drinks were great's just past the Gap going towards Accra Beach, right on the beach. We just got back. Had great dinner at NARU....small plates, excellent. Also good were Cafe Luna, Tapas, Champers and Lobster Alive. Something less expensive and casual....Just Grillin....and the Chefette/bbq salad bar place. Had a wonderful lunch at Mullins beach bar....chef salad with Dorado and the fresh tuna melt. Don't do all inclusive...there is just too much out there.

                    1. re: ncara

                      Chefette is on my short list. Local and all over, including on South coast near Just Grillin'

                    2. re: financialdistrictresident

                      Carib Beach Bar is closed for renovation. Since Nelson's (opens later) and Carib were closed, we walked to St. Lawrence Gap. Cafe Sol (Mexican) and Moonbay were open. We walked up past Pisces and discovered Crave. Crave (next door to Reggae Lounge, across the street from Pisces). Newer, open about a year. Live jazz Sunday night.

                      We had the place to ourselves for a late lunch. Started with some proper rum drinks and chips (sweet potato, etc.). SO had the pulled pork sandwich. Side of sweet potato fries. Really good with Bajan hot sauce (Delish) and the chipotle mayo. I had the blackened flying fish with white rice and local green peas. Finally a vegetable. . . had a broccoli spear, two green beans and two carrots. Veggies were cooked perfectly, tender crisp. Everything was very good.

                      Our bartender/server Clayton was professional and friendly.

                    3. SO told me Champers is the best in Barbados:


                      PS BequiaT - I see what you mean re: food "is VERY expensive"! Is most food flown in?

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                      1. re: financialdistrictresident

                        On the South coast Champers, Naru, Tapas are the more upscale restaurants.


                        If you're from NYC, Montreal, etc. Champers might not wow you.

                        Cin Cin, The Cliff, The Tides are on the West coast. Think Rihanna, Louis Vuitton, etc.

                        We passed on Zen (Thai), prefer local food. Maybe Naru in the future. I have also heard good things about Harlequin in "The Gap."


                        If you are accustomed to air conditioning, please note dining is often outdoors and fans provide cooling when there isn't a breeze. Restaurants also add VAT and tip. Several restaurants also posted "1 check per table."

                        I like the walkability and casual vibe of the South coast (St. Lawrence Gap aka "The Gap", Boardwalk, beach & sea, restaurants, etc.).

                      2. Fish Fries are not limited to Oistins. I've been to the Moon Town one, and it's great. Also much easier to get to if you are staying any distance north of Bridgetown.


                        Another poster warned of the expense of the swisher places, and they're all too correct! Unless you are teetotal, somewhere like The Lone Star can easily be $100 per head all in for dinner. There used to be quite a good pizza place (info. a couple of years old) right on the beach at Holetown. Parking too.

                        Found it: