On the occasion of the sister-in-law’s birthday, while looking for a special place for a lunch celebration, we stumbled on an understated, quaint, mostly empty (Bajans aren’t big on lunch during off season and on the weekdays), place on the beach. A smiling, friendly chap, greeted us warmly and offered to make us special non-alcoholic drinks. Looking around for the kitchen – it was nowhere in sight, since all we saw were a couple of grills on wheels, and a small bar – before our eyes settled on a beautiful, historical mural, depicting the history of Barbados, I began to worry that a big mistake had been made – and I decided that the best way out of this potentially embarrassing situation was to use a straightforward approach. I told the friendly host that I believed we were at the wrong restaurant. He answered confidently, looking me straight in the eyes: “No you aren’t, let me get you some menus.” Once we saw the menus, offering a variety of items from the grill including mahi mahi, octopus, and shrimp, I relaxed a little and decided to take a chance…and then I noticed the historical mural (few business owners in Barbados show such respect for their adopted country), the creative setting, the peaceful beach (children’s laughter was in the distance - they were playing gleefully in the sea), the unpretentious, yet at the same time casually elegant atmosphere. Pierre brought our drinks – a delicious mango and strawberry concoction and asked for our cameras. He took the time, without being asked, to immortalize the occasion of my sister-in-law’s 76th birthday (the pics were gorgeous and just the right thing to show off with on Facebook!). Just as we were being tantalized by the aroma of our grilled meal (we all opted for grilled fish, my adventurous husband ordered octopus), Pierre asked us if we wanted to see our food cooking on the grill – it made another great photo. The meal was delectable – just the right blend of ingredients to make the tummy smile and please the most discerning palate. Before we left we found out that our friendly host was the former owner of the award winning Mango’s By the Sea – we had eaten there and we had in fact been looking for his new place when we stumbled on it and almost missed the gem because we weren’t looking for such a unique place. My husband and I were so impressed with the entire dining experience that we made a reservation to return the following evening for the first “dinner club” at L’attitude – featuring a prix fixe menu at $85 Bds and live entertainment. Add the evening surf, candlelight, and music and it was perfect for a romantic date night. Needless to say, the food did not disappoint. The service was personable, but more challenged with a packed house for dinner. We definitely will return and recommend it to friends!