WHERE TO EAT

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Eat­ing out in Bar­ba­dos can be very ex­pen­sive, and food costs can ex­ceed those of ac­com­mo­da­tion. Hap­pily, though, there are plenty of good in­ex­pen­sive eater­ies on both sides of the is­land.

SAND DUNES BAR AND RESTAU­RANT, WINDY HILL

This restau­rant on the is­land’s rugged east coast is one of my favourites. The food is un­pre­ten­tious but full of flavour. The menu changes daily and con­sists of lo­cal favourites such as bread­fruit coucou (mashed with but­ter and milk), salt fish with gravy, and a salad or side veg­eta­bles. There may also be fried fly­ing fish served with rice and peas, and mac­a­roni pie. A full meal will cost around Dh57 a head.

Ermy Bourne High­way, Windy Hill, +1 246 422 9427

AN­I­MAL FLOWER CAVE, NORTH POINT

Aside from the de­li­cious, if slightly pricey, food – ro­tis from Dh63, sal­ads from Dh40 – what makes this restau­rant stand out is its lo­ca­tion on the cliffs of North Point, where be­tween De­cem­ber and April hump­back whales can be spot­ted play­ing in the surf. Be­neath the restau­rant is the is­land’s only ac­ces­si­ble sea cave, An­i­mal Flower cave, known for its fas­ci­nat­ing sea anemones (an­i­mal flow­ers). Guided vis­its adult Dh37, child Dh9.

+1 246 439 8797, an­i­malflow­er­cave.com

ORANGE STREET GRO­CER, SPEIGHTSTOWN

Ba­jans are not big cof­fee drinkers, but a hand­ful of places serve re­ally good cof­fee, and this cafe, with a large ter­race over­look­ing the ocean, is one of them. It serves sal­ads, pizza and other light fare, but I find these a lit­tle pricey, so usu­ally stick to cof­fee and one of their desserts, which cost around Dh28.

the­o­r­angestreet­gro­cer.com

CUZ’S FISH SHACK, NEAR PEB­BLES BEACH

Even if you’re not stay­ing on the south coast, pay a visit to this colour­ful and some­what ram­shackle Bar­ba­dian equiv­a­lent of a food truck. Cuz first be­came a favourite among divers and surfers on nearby Peb­bles Beach. The ‘cut­ters” – the lo­cal term for any sand­wich made us­ing a bun known as salt bread – are filled with fried steak­fish, tomato, let­tuce, Ba­jan pep­per sauce and mayo, with op­tional top­pings of cheese or a fried egg. They cost Dh9 to Dh24 and are de­li­cious with a Plus, an en­ergy drink made from sug­ar­cane.

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Even if you’re not stay­ing on the SOUTH COAST, visit the colour­ful and some­what RAM­SHACKLE lo­cal equiv­a­lent of a food truck called Cuz, for its fried steak­fish and BA­JAN PEP­PER SAUCE sand­wiches

The Orange Street Gro­cer serves ex­cel­lent sal­ads and of­fers a lovely view. Best come for cof­fee and cake at the pricey An­i­mal Flower Cave (be­low right) while Cuz’s Fish Shack’s ‘cut­ters’ are pop­u­lar with divers and surfers

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