We arrived in Barbados on Wednesday and went to the Waterfront Cafe on Thursday night (22 Apr, 2010) with three friends at short notice, we met there at 7:00pm, and finally left between 10:30pm and 11:00pm.
Parking would be a problem on a busy night (we had a small Suzuki rental from Top Car). The location is right on the harbourfront on the south side of the bridge into town, so there are always commercial vehicles, taxis and other cars/SUVs parked every which way wherever they can find a spot, as well as empty hucksters stands and frameworks you have to move around whether walking or driving. The "off-night" that we were there we got in about 15 minutes before our meeting time and scored a parking spot against the sidewalk very close to the restaurant.
To get to the bottom line first, the total bill - with all appetisers, meals, drinks and two desserts - for five adults was a shade over BDS$500 (= CAD/US$250), or CAD/US$50 each..
Please note that we are not big spenders, nor do we have a big budget (I had invited the others and paid the entire bill), but it was by far well worth every penny, and I would go there again in a heartbeat.
The range of food available was quite good, what was ordered was what actually came to the table (unlike other places we have been to or stayed at), the portions were more than adequate (but not supersized), and the quality of the food was very high. We all left full, but not uncomfortable.
Also bear in mind that most of us are locals, living there or abroad, so these are very "educated" opinions!!
In the appetiser section, we all shared...
Bajan Fish Cakes - light and airy, not heavy like elsewhere
Bul Jol (an acquired taste - not for the faint of heart or nose!!)
Melts of the Flying Fish
On the Main course menu we had...
Flying Fish & Cou-Cou
Seafood St. Jacques
"Jerked" Pork Loin
Dessert (there were 2 abstentions) followed with...
Stewed Guava á la Mode
None of us could find fault with anything, except the service was possibly a bit slow - but it was much faster than at the hotel where we stayed and you ARE in the laid-back Caribbean!! Flavours and textures were right where they were supposed to be, and what was supposed to be fresh was definitely that.
About a hour after we arrived, three or four local guys arrived to provide first class jazz entertainment. It was an "off" night, so the most customers at any one time probably did not exceed a dozen, and we enjoyed the very un-frenzied pace.
We gave it 5 stars all around... we did not go there on the busy nights, but I would assume they have extra wait staff to cover the loads.
One suggestion... one of our guests (a local) ordered vodka with tamarind juice... my wife tried it and then had one herself. So you might to want to order one too - as a novelty - and see what it is like!!
This is one very good place to enjoy Barbados...
(bimjimmy)Edited: 29 April 2010, 19:48