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While in Barbados this past week, I continued my slow food journey around the island, stopping off at the beautiful Cafe Luna on Barbados’ southern coast. Cafe Luna graciously invited me to join them for sunset cocktails and farm to table dining under the stars. It rained ALL day (you’ll notice how lush the plants look in some of the photos outside the restaurant). I was quite nervous about how the sunset would turn out, but the rain cleared up just in time to offer a stunning sunset before the best meal I’ve had on the island.
We arrived at the Little Arches Hotel, home to Cafe Luna, around 5 pm. Upon arrival we explored the hotel grounds just before sunset, and found Cafe Luna nestled on the rooftop. This beautifully designed hotel has a mediterranean architecture style and is decorated with tropical flowers galore. It was like walking into paradise. It is the perfect ambiance distract you from your everyday worries and let you slip into a whole new world.
Once we reached the top of the staircase, we walked into a beach lover’s dream. From the beautifully decorated rooftop we could see the ocean, the pool, and most importantly the sunset about to disappear into the ocean. The bar was open when we arrived, but the kitchen does not open until 6pm. Keep this in mind if you are hoping to catch the sunset in the winter months!
Over cocktails, we chatted with Chef Moo about his experience in Barbados, how he came to live on the island, and the opening of the restaurant 13 years ago. Chef Moo is a Canadian, like many others on the island, and discovered the island when invited to spend a winter here with a friend many years ago. Just a few years later, in 2003, Cafe Luna opened at the same time as the Little Arches Hotel and it has been one of the best known restaurants on the island ever since. What drew me to Cafe Luna was its participation in the slow food movement in Barbados. Eating locally to promote good, clean, and fair food for all. To learn more about the slow food movement in Barbados click here. For reviews of the slow food restaurants I’ve visited on the island click here.
To kick off the evening we sampled tropical cocktails. For me, it was the Passionfruit Colada as recommended by Chef Moo.
The menu offered several amazing dishes, making it a challenge to decide what to eat. I was fortunate to have a dining companion so I could sample more of the menu. When in Barbados, eat local! And that means the fish. We opted for the Mahi Mahi and a gnocchi to start the evening off. This was my first time trying Mahi Mahi and it was amazing. With smoked Mahi Mahi topping a potato pancake, I’m not sure I could have had a better introduction to the world of dolphin.
Next we ordered the fish crepe (another first for me!) and the bouillabaisse for my companion as our entrees. Both dishes included local fish and vegetable ingredients.
Of course by the time the dessert menu came around, I was absolutely stuffed, but if you know me, you know I can never turn down a chocolate dessert! We ordered a chocolate cheesecake to share and it was absolutely divine. Even though my travel companion is not usually a fan of dessert, she came back for seconds on this one.
The bottom line? If you will be spending time in Barbados be sure to add Cafe Luna to your itinerary for fabulous food, a great sunset view, and dinner under the stars. We had a wonderful experience and cannot wait to return.
I received a complimentary meal as part of my research on Slow Food in Barbados. Although the meal was complimentary, all opinions in this review remain my own and I was in no way influenced by the restaurant.