Bajan food and entertainment with spectacular cliffside views.
Point of View is an open-air bar and restaurant on a grassy cliff-top on the most easterly point of Barbados. It serves traditional Bajan food and drink and provides evening entertainment in the form of karaoke on Saturdays and live music on Sundays.
After you have negotiated the bumps and twists of the journey up Highway 5, and taken a right at Marley Vale towards the lighthouse, Point of View is immediately on your left in the grounds of a large cream house with an orange tiled roof.
The clue is in the name. The first thing that strikes you is the view. The restaurant faces out over the Atlantic and the wild and rugged northeast coast of Barbados. Everyone who arrives for the first time is compelled to walk over to the cliff edge and just take in the view. On a clear day, you can see almost to the top of the island.
The dining area is entirely open-air on a raised, covered platform. In inclement weather there are weather-proof sides that can be lowered to protect the diners. The building behind the dining area hosts the bar and kitchen.
The menu is mostly traditional Bajan fare such as coconut shrimp, fish cakes and chicken wings, served with a variety of sides including rice and peas, macaroni pie and breadfruit fries. It’s all delicious and reasonably priced. Occasionally, they offer special treats such as Conkies or Souse. The Catch of the Day is particularly good value, consisting of a generous serving of fish with sides and salad at around BDS$30, just under the £10 mark depending on the exchange rate. They have a well-stocked bar and a great cocktail menu. It was here that I was first introduced to the devilishly divine Bajan version of the Mudslide. A gloriously calorific, frozen concoction of rum, Baileys, Kahlua, cream and chocolate sauce for just BDS$18, or £6.
The staff are attentive and friendly, and the service is excellent. The tireless and lovely, Da Reisha, and the rest of the team, go all out to make you feel welcome and looked after, even predicting your drinks order on arrival, when you have been there more than couple of times (as we have).
Point of View is largely aimed at the local market. Few visitors venture out this far. But, if you do, it will definitely be worth it, and they will make you feel at home. All sorts of people go there to eat and drink, from mature couples to young families, and everyone in between. They cater for large groups, but you’ll need to book in advance. Otherwise, at the moment, you are fairly sure to get a table if you turn up on spec.
During The Time of Covid, Point of View has reduced opening hours. They open around 5pm on Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays, and from 11am on Saturdays, but this is changing all the time. You will have your temperature taken on arrival and be asked to sanitise your hands. As with all shops, bars and restaurants in Barbados, you will not be admitted without a facemask. Once you are seated you are permitted to remove your mask but must put it on again to move around the venue.
For us, one of the highlights of Point of View is the entertainment. On Karaoke nights the audience is treated to a succession of musical favourites from the many regulars. Wizard’s, almost Country and Western, vibrato renditions of Shirley and Whenever You come Around, will melt your heart and ring in your head for days. Rasta-Man (aka Dreadie) will charm you with his Bob Marley, Johnny Nash and other reggae classics, and Andy, the singing chef, pops out between orders to deliver delightful falsetto performances of, among others, Ella Fitzgerald’s A Tisket a Tasket or Christina Perri’s A Thousand Years.
However, the real star of the show is the talented and beautiful Imira (real name Shondell Jahbari) who compares the Karaoke, occasionally treating us to her own spine-tingling deliveries of the likes of Gladys Knight’s Midnight Train to Georgia or Christina Perri’s Jar of Hearts. On Sundays she sings with two of the regular live bands, Therapy and The Project Band. Both are essentially cover bands but do include a few of their own original songs. Inevitably, whichever band is on, the night will end with everyone up and dancing to the rhythms of soca and calypso.
Sometimes, extra special guest artists have been known to make an appearance. The last time we were there we were treated to an incredible performance by the living legend, The Mighty Grynner. The utterly charming, charismatic, hip-swiveling, 74 year old Calypsonian, who has won the coveted “Tune of the Crop” award 7 times, and has a highway named after him, totally stole the show. Grynner Leggo
On Sunday the 29th of November, to coincide with Barbados Independence Day celebrations, Imira launched her own single, Love and Music, performing it live with the Project Band, as it was simultaneously live-streamed on social media. We wish her every success!
|Overall Value 5/5|