The best restaurant in Barbados?
Restaurant review: The Cliff, Barbados by Stevie Thomas
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There are few places in the world that could easily slip into a scene from any James Bond film. Without thinking you are low slung, bar-flying against a cooling grey marble bar, rare and expensive bottles illuminate in light that smooths the surrounding faces and lightens smiles, you are suddenly hiding behind a dark gold rum with a solid ice rock tasting temptation whilst the humid air tangles you deeper, down into the heart of the bedrock.
Cocktail Menu - Photo by @steviethomas
From the moment you walk in you just feel the energy change. Stepping out of your car you are leading into what is to become a new adventure. The setting is quite literally inside a cliff, and with the coolest, hypnotic deadbeat music playing that helps you shoulder shake your way through the experience with the slow clapping of waves reminding you that you aren’t in heaven, you’re in Barbados.
If you are planning to live your life like a rock star or how to find Cowell & co on Sandy Lane, then you really ought to learn the rules. Even the Gallagher's had a glow up - There's a reason the Jagger's, Hilfiger's, Delivigne's disappear to Mustique at least once a year and Barbados was no different.
A logo to die for. just saying. Photo by @steviethomas
I use the past tense here because Barbados has admittedly changed. It is now hideously marketed, even AirBnB's are rife and as the West and Central London nightclubs and when restaurants became less about the food, then society and more about spend per table, and now instagram; the Caribbean is changing just as quickly too. And change is good - yes, the world is getting smaller and we've all got to share I suppose. The secrets of the Caribbean cant be kept quiet forever, especially when there a new Made in Chelsea special every few years.
If you've got it - please for gods sake spend it in the right places. Learn the form, don't buy a good suit, buy a great suit and get it tailored. Read up on the island, you're going on your yearly travels, be Indiana Jones. Well read and dangerous. You'll have a Dark and Stormy; only drink the local rum. Mount Gay is the best, just saying. And don't just stop looking after the first page of google - maybe even buy a book about where you're going, it'll impress the other half; who am i kidding, just do a lazy tweet or post; i have no doubt someone will pipe up with a more than decent recommendation. Go local, wake up early and get fish from the market, that was caught that morning, and I swear you will taste the difference. Try and taste the Caribbean for your self, a little lemon with that salt fish will be all that you need to cook up the finest supper for you are your flock when you are tired of eating out.
And when you want the best and you're on arguably the best island in the Caribbean Sea you head here after you've 'caught and cooked' ya fish. You'll deserve it. And in this roulette wheel restaurant of firework'ing tastebuds and emotions - you just can't lose. All the colours, tastes, sounds and smells of that beautiful island and living through every, plate, shirt cuff, second glass and furniture piece.
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The Cliff sets the standard, it is pure class and a heritage site of the islands - it is easily one of the world's greatest restaurants. Never-mind that every dish we had was amazing; it's not just about the food here, the atmosphere alone is worth so much more just ry not to look at the bill. Played right, it is the stage to your movie and you are the star.
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