If you’ve got sand under your feet, amazing food and great drinks, and can hear the sweet sound of world beats, you’re more than likely at La Cabane.
The shabby chic restaurant on Batts Rock Beach is the first port of call for a great time and gastronomical beachside yumminess on Barbados’ famous West coast.
As you walk through the bamboo archway to the tiki torch-lined entrance, you feel a laidback – Bajan meets Mediterranean – vibe coming through. The bar and kitchen are positioned in a thatched roof bamboo beach shack, facing the crystal-clear blue waters. Tables sprinkled across the sand under the trees are just steps away from the water’s edge. And the deejay spins an eclectic mix that adds just the right touch to the chilled relax Bohemian-esq ambiance.
Once you are seated by the super friendly and attentive staff, they direct your attention to two large surfboards, which serve as menus, for you to select your meal or cocktail of choice. The smell emanating from the open kitchen is the first indicator of the delicious fare that will delight your taste buds and satisfy your tummy. Will it be the fish brochettes to start? Or how about a beautifully plated mango salad, a duck wrap, grilled lobster or a side of breadfruit chips? The menu is simple and provides options for even the pickiest of eaters. No matter where your palate leads you, it’s all fresh Barbadian produce with a little bit of south of France flavour.
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Bringing that flavour are the owners of La Cabane, Clement Meniaud and Papa Jules, and Barbadian chef Ryan Hinds. Jules, who is originally from St Tropez, says the concept is based on the French Riviera’s model of pop-up summer restaurants on the beach.
“This style is very traditional in the South of France. It is pretty simple – the furniture, the menu – but it is rooted in the culture of Barbados, this is first, the service, the produce. It’s farm to the table; this is very important to us. We use almost nothing imported. Everything is prepared simply, we celebrate the food and give it a bit of Mediterranean twist; it’s grilled and it’s healthy.”
In the almost year and a half since it’s been open, La Cabane has become a favourite for locals and tourists. Jules believes his fantastic team makes all the difference to the La Cabane experience.
“Interaction with the staff is super important. It’s ok if the food is great and the music is alright, but the staff are the most important part. I’ve worked all around the world and the Bajan people are the best people to work with in the industry because they are naturally smiley and have a positive attitude. When you have that type of person working with you, the guests will remember it more, it makes the experience even better.”
If you are in the mood for a swim and a sundowner, La Cabane’s bar boasts an extensive wine list and specialty crafted cocktails that go perfectly with the spectacular view of the Bajan sunset. Open for breakfast on the weekends and lunch and dinner Tuesday to Sunday, La Cabane is the day at the beach that Caribbean dreams are made of.