Instagram Appeal: 4/5
Yum Factor: 5/5
Overall Atmosphere: 5/5
Owned by husband and wife team Guy and Tammie Beasley, The Tides has become a Barbados holiday classic. Guy Beasley trained at the Roux brothers’ two Michelin star restaurant Le Gavroche, before showcasing his culinary voice and fine French training at the Beasley’s restaurant here in Barbados.
Walking through the tree-lined courtyard, lined with local art, and onto the main restaurant terrace is a well thought out welcome. The restaurant is on the water’s edge and the sound of the waves are lulling in the background. We are shown to our table on an adjacent elevated wooden gazebo where the whirring fans keep the evening humidity at bay and the white pulled back curtains are a romantic detail.
The lighting is soft and the sea is just visible from the moon’s reflection. Ocean views reaching the horizon are available for the lunch seating which I am positive would bring up the ‘Instagram Appeal’ to 5/5.
The food is focused on light, tasty and interesting flavours: the fruit salsa over Cajun spiced blackened Mahi Mahi is particularly divine. The menu has a range of international influences from Italian to Hawaiian but are brought together in the unique way in which Beasley prepares them. Dessert is a rich affair of peanut mousse, chunky Mars Bar and Oreo cheesecake, the signature ‘Little Sticky Toffee’ and a host of other sinful delights. All of this naughtiness is elevated by the refined presentation.
However, my stand out was the service. From the second we were greeted at the car the staff were friendly, helpful and attentive without being the least bit intrusive. Jermaine foresaw our needs and took a genuine interest in our restaurant experience.
Overall, a fantastic evening!