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Barbados Restaurant & Dining Reviews

The Cliff 12/01/2005
Reviewers Rating: Fair
I really have to question if some of the other reviewers actually regularly go to Michelin starred restaurants. This restaurant looks the part, in a beautiful bay on a cliff edge with the water floodlit, flaming torches and candles.
The waiters however were indifferent verging on the rude. There were no canapés, no appetizers, just straight into starters and main course. The bread rolls were merely average. I had a foie gras/ chicken liver terrine for starter which, considering the meal cost (£170 for 2), had very little foie gras and lots of the cheaper chicken liver. It was served with toast! Isn't brioche traditional? A main course of barracuda on mashed potato tasted like fish pie. Acceptable but way short of historic. Dessert of lemon tart with sorbet was nothing like the French classic and inferior to a decent supermarket. Unsurprisingly, coffee was extra but, unbelievably, petit fours were an additional charge on top of the coffee.
I doubt it (this restaurant) would merit a single Michelin star let alone 3 which the prices it charges suggest it should be capable of. Very disappointing, particularly as it claims to be amongst the best 50 restaurants in the world. Any average London restaurant would be superior. To mention it in the same breadth as any Michelin starred restaurants is a travesty.
Try Tides instead, cheaper with better food, better waiters and nearly as nice locations although don’t expect it to be Michelin star material either. Where is the Gordon Ramsey of the Carribean?
(review edited)

Richard Pickard

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