Whenever I go to a new destination and I want to find the best restaurants, hotels, and event venues, I can always count on hotel front desk staff, concierges (of course) and taxi drivers to steer me in the right direction. Last week when I was in Barbados was no exception. You see my previous stays were overnight and I didn't have time to explore.
So, when I posed my question, one name topped each and every list, Brown Sugar. (It's close to all of the business hotels in Barbados that I featured yesterday.) So, last Thursday, before I headed to the airport, I had lunch at Brown Sugar.
As soon as I entered, to the right there was a large, covered, stone patio with tropical plants and a small waterfall. I was hooked.
Brown Sugar is bright, spacious with water gardens and a veranda. It's beautifully decorated with local crafts, books, and art work, similar to what you would find in a Bajan home.
(Alas, I had forgotten my camera in the car after dining at Waterfront Cafe in Bridgetown the previous night. I didn't retrieve it until after lunch. Fortunately, the manager graciously allowed me to use photos from the website's photo gallery. The next time I'm in Barbados, I promise to update this blog entry with more photos.)
I joined the line for the lunch buffet and was treated to a range of Caribbean dishes. The names were familiar but the dishes were different from what we call them in Jamaica. For example, in Jamaica, pepperpot is a spicy soup. In Barbados it's a delectable stew with oxtail and other delights. There was creole chicken, roast beef, fish, cou cou (i.e. couscous). Okra usually isn't one of my favorites but I enjoyed the way the chef had prepared it.
I topped my lunch off with a cool, refreshing lime squash (similar to lemonade but with soda water added for a special zest). My only regret is that the rice and peas and chicken were so delicious that I had seconds, leaving no room for dessert. I only wish that I had dined at Brown Sugar earlier in the week so that I could have had the pleasure twice. I will definitely return.
Event planners, here is the good news. Yes, it is available for receptions and special events. You can have exclusive use of the entire restaurant or book part of it for corporate events, weddings and galas.
Brown Sugar caters to groups of all sizes. There is seating for 175 guests but, if your party is smaller, you can reserve:
- the veranda for 30
- the patio for 60
- the garden for 85 persons
For group dining, you can select from buffet and a la carte menus.
Next time you're planning conferences or corporate events in Barbados, Brown Sugar is the perfect pick whether you need a lunch venue for a small group during business meetings or a fabulous setting for your gala.
Photo Credit: All Photos, Courtesy of © Brown Sugar Restaurant, Barbados, Used with Permission