There’s no shortage of Barbados dining experiences to enjoy on the island. All your favourite international dishes are on offer. This includes French, Italian and Asian. There are fusion menus as well with the traditional Bajan foods you won’t find anywhere else. A great dining experience also requires the right setting and atmosphere. You certainly won’t find Barbados lacking when it comes to either of these important requirements. Here are the ultimate dining experiences you can enjoy when on holiday in Barbados.
Oistins’ Friday Night Fish Fry
While a restaurant visit is a key ingredient of a great vacation, our tips for top dining begin with an outdoor experience that no visitor to Barbados should miss. Oistins is a small coastal area a few miles south of Bridgetown. It has a huge reputation for traditional Bajan street food. Friday nights here are an event where people turn up in numbers to soak up the friendly, party vibe. You can listen to live music, enjoy refreshing drinks, browse the many arts and crafts stalls and sample some amazing dishes. As an island, Barbados has plenty of fresh seafood. This includes marlin, mahi-mahi, kingfish, flying fish and other Bajan favourites.
Though the name looks slightly unusual on paper, its pronunciation, ‘chin-chin’, as in ‘chin-chin old chap’, gives you the biggest clue that this is one of the island’s most exclusive restaurants. The menu is unique too, adding a streak of Caribbean pizzaz to a range of Mediterranean dishes. Some of the chef’s specials, meanwhile, are eccentric masterpieces. Of course, you’ll dine in sumptuous surroundings, with meals artfully presented by warm and experienced staff.
Chef Guy Beasley is well known on the island’s culinary circuit for his eclectic and dazzling array of dishes. His other great creation, of course, is the restaurant itself. With excellent beachfront views, this former villa is a perfect setting to enjoy a great evening out.
Perched on a cliff top overlooking the west coast, The Cliff is arguably the most famous restaurant on the island. Renowned for its amazing views, the A-Listers that make a beeline here when they visit, and the sublime menus created by chef, Paul Owens, tables are not easy to get hold of unless you book well in advance.
Holetown’s Limegrove Centre is known for its shopping experience. It’s here that you’ll find the very chic Fusion Rooftop. As the name suggests, the menu is a fusion of mouth-watering Italian and Asian dishes, including sushi and Thai.
Situated at the penthouse level, the restaurant provides a unique alfresco dining experience. Its modern lounge is stunningly designed to offer starlit dinners surrounded by firepits, Zen water tables and living walls all laid out in a relaxing Feng Shui design.
Royal Westmoreland Beach Club
Imagine dining at Barbados’ most beautiful beach, at a waterfront terrace table, and watching the magnificent Caribbean sunset turning the sky crimson and gold. That’s the one-of-a-kind experience you can only get at the sensational Royal Westmoreland Beach Club.
Situated at Mullins Beach, it’s not just the views that are spectacular. The award-winning chefs consistently deliver exceptional dishes, elegantly presented and served with genuine hospitality and attention to detail. The menu includes chicken roti, the local catch of the day, delicious salads and more. There’s a great range of wines and rum cocktails too.
Where to stay
Just a stone’s throw from the Beach Club and within easy reach of all the restaurants above is the island’s most prestigious resort, Royal Westmoreland. Set on a lush 750-acre estate overlooking the west coast, it is home to just 250 exquisite villas, apartments and townhouses, featuring open-plan living, en-suite bedrooms, designer kitchens, terraces and pools.
The resort boasts a wide range of world-class facilities, including a championship-class golf course, state-of-the-art gym and Club House. Guests to this private estate have exclusive use of its amenities, including the Beach Club, and also benefit from a housekeeper, well-connected concierge and private chef service.
For more information, visit Royal Westmoreland’s Holidays Page.
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