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The top cuisine in Barbados is dominated by Caribbean or Creole food, but there are a few surprising appetizers and main courses that are worth checking out. It’s not often that you’ll find a bad meal on this island, but here are Forbes Travel Guide’s top five picks for Barbados’s best food experiences.
1. Smoked Fish Trio at Champers. You might fill up on the flavored olive oils with fresh bread or the caramelized sea scallops, but our favorite starter is the trio of smoked fish. It includes healthy samples of smoked salmon, tuna and grouper and comes with a petit salad and a caper remoulade.
2. Barbadian Hots at Brown Sugar. Try something you cannot get at many Caribbean restaurants outside of Barbados — Barbadian Hots. At this popular eatery, strips of seasonal fish are marinated in hot regional spices then fried to a crisp and served with a special cocktail sauce. We’d suggest topping them with a little Bajan Pepper Sauce.
3. Traditional Bajan Flying Fish Cutter at L’Azure. Most folks will suggest waiting until you stop by the Oistins Friday Night Fish Fry to try the signature Barbados dish of flying fish. But an upscale version worth checking out is served at L’Azure, and comes on salt bread and with a dried raisin slaw on the side.
4. Thai Green Curry Shrimp at The Cliff. Any excuse will do to bask in the beautiful atmosphere at The Cliff restaurant. While sitting atop the ocean and feeling the breeze, you can indulge in the Thai green curry shrimp in coconut sauce, which comes with coriander rice and fried basil.
5. Fresh Catch of the Day at Fish Pot. The restaurant is called The Fish Pot for a reason. Order the fresh fish of the day, which you can have pan-fried or grilled and covered with a lovely caper beurre-blanc sauce and cilantro oil.