While on a recent visit to Barbados the Exceptional Villas team experienced some of the best cuisines Barbados has to offer. Although we have our own wonderful Chef Stephensen at Smugglers Cove 6 we couldn’t resist dining out.
There is an abundance of fine dining in Barbados, with a cosmopolitan blend of cuisine, from local Caribbean, Mediterranean, and Italian dishes, to name but a few. While dining in Barbados you are guaranteed to find something to satisfy your appetite. We enjoyed some fantastic meals in gorgeous beachfront restaurants, oceanfront cafes and we even had something to eat in a Rum Shack!
Here are some of our favourite Barbados restaurants.
Daphne’s Restaurant, Paynes Bay, St James, Barbados
Three of us dined in Daphne’s Restaurant located right on Paynes Bay. We walked along Paynes Bay beach which took about 5 minutes from Smugglers Cove to get to this stunning beachfront restaurant.
I had the Catch of the Day with Bajan Seasoning, Mediterranean Salsa and Green Pea and Potato Mash. It was to die for; the fish was so fresh and cooked to perfection. My colleagues had the lamb which was presented beautifully and we also had the blackened Dorado with Mixed Peas Rice, Garlic Broccoli and Carrots and Ginger Puree. Yummy!
We enjoyed the main course so much that we couldn’t resist a dessert so we decide to share one. A lot of the Bajan dessert consists of their famous Mount Gay Rum, so we decided to try a Rum Crème Brûlée with Banana Flambé it was scrumptious!
Overall we had a fabulous meal with great service and it was wonderful to work off the dessert by enjoying a walk along the beach back to the villa.
The Beach House, Holetown, St James, Barbados
A group of us went to the Beach House in Holetown which is located right on the waterfront and offers a fabulous Caribbean ambience. The restaurant is open and has a warm tropical breeze passing through; we loved it from the moment we sat down.
I opted to share a starter of their Bajan Fish Cakes with pepper sauce (the restaurant’s famous 37-year-old recipe) they were so delicious and used the freshest fish. Others enjoyed the Cesar Salad and their famous coconut shrimp. For mains, we enjoyed the Mahi Mahi and Seafood Linguini in a white wine sauce. Lots of Cream but Yummy!
We enjoyed the beach house so much that we went back two days later. We all had to go for the famous coconut shrimp, spicy mango and coconut dip with homemade fries.
Overall the welcome we received from the staff and the fresh food was just what we wanted. I would highly recommend it to anyone who is looking for a casual seaside dining experience in Holetown.
Round House Restaurant, Bathsheba, St Joseph, Barbados
On a wet a windy day in Barbados (which doesn’t happen too often) we were driving on the east coast and stumbled upon a little restaurant overlooking the beach and ocean in Bathsheba. The Round House was such a treat. We enjoy the beautiful location and sea views, the fantastic Jazz player and singer and the food was fantastic too.
We were dining out that night too so we decided to opt for some sandwiches. We had a Flying Fish Sandwich and Classic double-decker chicken sandwich. When it arrived we had some French fries on the side but also we were given some homemade breadfruit chips with spicy aioli which were really nice.
Although we didn’t have their signature dish of a pulled pork sandwich (Local pork slow-braised in saints beer, fresh herbs and spices and topped with caramelized onions and garlic aioli) it looked scrumptious.
Sandy Lane Hotel, Sandy Lane, St James, Barbados
We made a booking at the exclusive Sandy Lane hotel and dined there for lunch. We started with cocktails, they were simply delicious. We really enjoyed the food. The setting at the sandy lane is incredible. Located right on the beach with a fabulous sea view it is just a perfect setting for a light lunch or evening dinner. Be sure to make a reservation or will not be able to enter the hotel.