We had dinner here on a Sunday night. We started each with a cocktail - non alcoholic for the kids and myself, and a fabulous Mojito for my wife.
The menu is reasonably adventurous, and whilst it tips its cap to Bajan cuisine, it is really more European. All the dishes were slightly different to what we expected, in all cases cleverer and more subtle dishes. To start I had a lobster and mushroom risotto, which came with a lobster bisque sauce. It was delicious. My daughter had what amounted to a tuna carpaccio, and my wife a special with thin strips of salmon carpaccio threaded amid a tasty salad. For main courses, the fish dishes were excellent, and perfectly cooked each. Even my elder daughter who at 12 "doesn't like fish" enjoyed her tuna steak, and a pan fried snapper, scallops and sea bass, and monkfish all went the same happy way. The plantain and avocado that accompanied the tuna were agreed to be a miss, but otherwise all the accompaniments were happily consumed. Again the dishes were beautifully presented and clever dishes.
Portion size is not enormous, but that was welcome given the extreme propensity for holiday weight gain - anyway nobody left still hungry and we have some robust appetites. For pudding my daughter enjoyed some excellent sorbets, whilst my wife got stuck into a peanut butter mousse, with brittle, peanut caramel nest and a raspberry sauce - wonderful and light this was a perfect pudding. She required some help with this!
The ambience is lovely. As with many places in Barbados you sit under a permanent roof, but essentially in the open air, in this case the edge of the restaurant is about 2m from the sea itself. The restaurant is nicely lit and the waiting staff attentive without being overbearing. They seem to be good at birthdays - two when we were there and the staff gathered round to sing a calypso "Happy birthday". Good fun...
So where is the rub? It is expensive. We paid Barbados $1000 (about US$500) for 4 people, with one cocktail and a half bottle of mid range champagne. By any standards that is steep. It was compounded by the fact the bill was wrong - the special was charged at $35 over what was stated in the menu. This was quickly dealt with and deducted without any argument. What makes bills harder to interpret (not just here) is that tax seems to be quoted on the menu then deducted on the bill and added in again (I think) - confusing. The other rub was that having stung me for a 10% service charge, there was then a space for a "tip" - I hate this practice. Where I come a service charge is a tip, and if you include it in the bill, don't ask for a second one!
Would I go again? Yes - it was lovely.
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