When my family and I decided on Barbados as our vacation destination this summer we knew that we could expect sun, sand, and sea, but little did we know that this beautiful island is home to some of the best fine dining that you can possibly imagine. That nice little surprise was quite a treat for us because we love dining out. I did some research on the restaurants before we arrived on the island but it’s always a good idea to get recommendations from the locals. I was happy to find that several of the places on my list came highly recommended. Our first visit was to the Brown Sugar Restaurant which is a five-minute walk from the Hilton Resort. The food was so good that we actually ate there twice during our stay.
Brown Sugar has a large local following. On our first visit that Sunday there were a lot of church folks, which is always a good sign. Lunch is the only meal served during the month of June since this time of year is considered off-season on the island. You can order from the menu but most people choose the buffet which includes fly fish (a Bajan specialty), roast beef, chicken, plantains, collard greens, rice, pepper pot and a local delight that they call macaroni pie, which my family loved. They also offered chocolate cake, pineapple upside down cake and carrot cake for dessert. The food reminded me of going to your grandma’s or auntie’s house on Sunday afternoon for some real down home cooking, Bajan style.
Our second stop was a visit to Champers Wine Bar and Restaurant which is owned and managed by a Bajan woman of color, Chiryl Newman. Not only was the food and ambience great, but so was the service. The second level of the restaurant hosts an art gallery which features the work of local artists.
We hit another great restaurant called Tapas. which was delightful.
The final spot on our weeklong adventure was the Tides Restaurant. This place really knocked our socks off for the outstanding level of service, food and ambience. The photo below is the courtyard entrance which leads to the restaurant. Featured in this area is artwork by Sean Connery, the original James Bond.
What really made dining in these establishments such a pleasure was that they were filled with locals and despite the upscale atmosphere, there was no pretense whatsoever. It’s rare to visit an island where the locals can enjoy what’s typically reserved for tourists. If you check out the restaurant websites, keep in mind that the meal prices are quoted in Barbados currency. Next week I’ll share some photos of the beautiful Hilton Resort.