A free portion of Bajan Fish Cakes (an appetiser on Bus Stop’s menu) for all Great Food Club members. Please show your membership card on arrival.
Bus Stop is a Caribbean restaurant that “brings Barbados to Brighton”. We ventured in on a wet and stormy night and were met with the sound of soft reggae, a friendly greeting and the delicious smell of warm spices.
The restaurant is filled with warm woods and really does feel a bit like a Caribbean shack. It’s authentic, not tacky or touristy, which is probably due to owners Dominique and Danny’s experience of Bajan living. Dominique met Danny at her Barbados restaurant during her 16-year stint there, while Danny is a Bajan/Irish chef. Both were present during our visit and were warm, friendly and informative, without being overbearing.
Starters range from calamari to goujons, buffalo wings to dhals. We chose the most unusual option – Pickled Sea Cat (octopus, smoked salmon, tomato and cucumber, in a vinaigrette and served with crackers). It was delicately flavoured and delicious. Mains comprise fabulous-looking comfort dishes – classics such as Catch of the Day, Bus Stop Burger, dhal wraps and curried goat. We went for jerk chicken, macaroni pie and fried plantain, plus Trini Curry Roti with beef. The jerk chicken was beautifully spiced, crispy on the outside and moist in the middle, and it soon became obvious why the mouthwatering plantain and macaroni pie are Bus Stop’s signature sides. The beef Trini Roti was perfect street food, arriving in a little paper package and demanding to be messily wolfed down.
We took our waiter’s advice and washed the food down with a couple of Bajan rum cocktails. They came with cherries, which was fitting, as these drinks were the cherry on top of our evening. They packed a punch (pun unintentional) and were definitely not left wanting for rum. Our plan to go home after dinner changed and we were soon dancing, bellies full of Bajan delights. A great evening. We will return.
By Sally Bunkham, Brighton correspondent
Pictures: Bus Stop Facebook page