By Rhonda Massad
Barbados is one of my favorite places to visit when looking for warmth in the chilly Montreal winter months. Oistins is an active fishing town on the south coast and is a hub of activity on weekend nights. You can enjoy a very informal meal any night but Friday is the night when things are truly hopping.
The food is the main draw – excellent fish, (tuna, swordfish, marlin, mahi-mahi, flying fish), lobster, chicken etc served in take out style containers. You can get your fish grilled or fried depending on which vendor you choose from. It’s all cooked on the spot in front of you.
A plate of fish and a beer will cost you about Bds$30 – $35 (US$ 15 – 17.50). Ashley and I shared a meal while Daniel ate one order to himself. There is plenty of food in one order. Seating is plentiful. If you are so inclined you can watch some pretty decent dominoes tournaments.
On Fridays art and craft items on sale, including jewellery, pottery, ceramics, leather craft, wood carvings, straw craft, clothing and accessories, and original paintings and prints.
Frequented by visitors and locals alike, it’s a great place to spend an informal evening. Lots of parents bring their children.
We even got to pet a monkey!!
If you go after 8:00pm, be prepared occasionally for long waits for food. Dress down!