Hi everyone. Just a brief trip report, mostly restaurants.
We were at The Crane 11/26 - 12/3. Sadly, it was by far the rainiest trip we have had in our eight trips to Barbados. There was some rain every day and at least four of the days were complete wash outs. Only one day actually had sun.
We did manage to go out on Cool Runnings and, although it wasn't sunny, it didn't rain. We had not been on their big cat before and it was really beautiful and spacious. Food, crew, turtles were all great.
One very rainy day, we went on the tour at Mount Gay Rum, which was interesting and not something we would have normally done. A good rainy day activity.
At The Crane
Dinner at D'Onofirio's was not good at all. The original chef is no longer there. The menu offerings are pizza, calzone, lasagna or pasta, where you choose the type of pasta and then the type of sauce - kind of like a number of the less expensive places back home - that's it for options. Wine prices were very high in relation to food - for example, pizza is 25Bds and wine 90Bds and up. Service was terrible. We had to ask two and three times for simple things like a menu or drinks. It's a shame, because it was really good last year. I still remember the gnocci with mushrooms and the homemade rum & raisin ice cream - yum.
Zen was as good as always and we were pleased to see that the waitresses had the long Japanese dresses on again (apparently this is only on Sun. and Mon.).
L'Azure - had two lunches there and they were good. Service was effecient and prompt both times.
Carriage House - food was fine. There was a shortage of flying fish while we were on the island and there was none here.
Carib Beach Bar - had not been there since it was refurbished. There was a dj with great music and lots of dancing. Good local food. Does anyone know the trick to where to park other than the tiny side streets?
Bert's - this was our first time and we were very impressed with the food and the service.
Naru - this was our third time and we will not be back. The new location is really nice and the food was very good, but the service was painfully slow - an hour just to get our drinks. Over an hour and a half to get our food. Our waiter kept apologizing for how long it was taking for the bar and the kitchen.
We had planned to do a lot more, but the rain put an end to a lot of it. The rain dampened our trip, but not our love for Barbados. The good news is I will be back in a little over nine weeks.