Barbados “Best for Foodies,” according to the UK Telegraph

Barbados “Best for Foodies,” according to the UK Telegraph

This morning’s Telegraph has a great “Best of” article about the Caribbean, naming Barbados “Best for foodies” … I’ll add TripAdvisor links to the places the Telegraph recommends.

I’ll also take this opportunity to promote the St Lawrence Beach Condos on the south coast (here on TripAdvisor), which is smack dab in the center of the south coast Restaurant Row, featuring the amazing Pisces Restaurant, Bellini’s Trattoria – where a guest told me the other day that she had Cajun mahi mahi to die for – and many others.

Foodies love Barbados! Consider staying at the St Lawrence Beach Condominiums on the south coast of Barbados on Restaurant Row in the St Lawrence Gap. Photo copyrighted Jane Shattuck 2011, all rights reserved.

Here’s the Barbados portion of the article from the piece from the Telegraph (click here to view the entire article mentioning other islands):

Best for foodies

Splashing out

Barbados is probably the best Caribbean island for gourmets. Wherever you stay, do so on a room only or b&b basis so you can eat out as much as you want in the many good restaurants. The food at The Cliff and Sandy Lane, the west-coast luxury hotel, is excellent (Michael Winner wouldn’t keep coming back to the latter otherwise), and from May to October, Gourmet Indulgence packages are on offer that include wine tasting, hors d’oeuvres making, cocktail mixing and a cooking demonstration class – booked through Caribtours, £3,266 b&b. (020 7751 0660,

A pizza Greg and I shared at lunch today. We ate at Mama Mia, one of my favorite south coast spots. The crust is soooo thin, with lots of chunky tomatoes, goat cheese, & basil on top, and baked in ovens from Italy. SO good!

On a tighter budget

There are lots of great, affordable places to eat on Barbados’ south coast. Popular with Bajans are Just Grillin’, a share-a-table, open-air grill in Rockley, and the long-established 39 Steps Bistro and Wine Bar in Hastings for international/Caribbean dishes. On a Friday evening, head to the fish town of Oistins for its no-frills “fish fry” – a platter of fried or grilled fish and a beer from the stalls should cost you well under £10. Stay at Little Arches, a chic little hotel just outside Oistins with a well-regarded (though not cheap) Mediterranean/sushi restaurant on its rooftop called Café Luna – through Caribtours, £1,125 b&b. (020 7751 0660,

7 Responses to “Barbados “Best for Foodies,” according to the UK Telegraph”

  1. Stephen says:

    I can’t believe they didn’t mention Chefette. Better than Donalds, The KF people , Windeys or King burgers.
    Oistins is a must if you know which grill to buy from.

  2. Our beloved fast-food chain Chefette ran McDonald’s off the island! It’s Rihanna’s first-stop when she visits home.

    Which is your favorite grill in Oistins, Stephen?

  3. Greg says:

    …and even the street food in The Gap is pretty darned good too – not mention inexpensive!

  4. Chris Hillier says:

    My wife and I will be over from Scotland (although she’s an Iowan!) and plan on being at Oistens on Friday. Which stand is the best? Recommendations gratefully accepted.

  5. Mimi says:

    I haven’t been to Oistins in such a long time. However I remember Mo’s grill putting out some tasty plates.

  6. Barbra Zarvis says:

    I ate at the Carambola years ago in Barbados and love it. Never forgot it or the flying fish sandwiches that are famous in Barbados!

  7. Carambola was a favorite of many but sadly it closed in 2005. I know what you mean about flying fish cutters … when they’re good they’re amazingly good. You’ll have to try Cuz Shack, on the beach just outside Bridgetown. FanTAStic flying fish cutters. xxJane

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