Food lovers are truly spoilt in Barbados. The local Bajan cuisine is among the healthiest and most innovative in the world. Fish is a crucial element of many items on the Bajan menu with tuna, red snapper, salmon and kingfish all highly commended. Also, shrimp, lobster and crabs are exquisite to taste while the national symbol of Barbados, the flying fish, is a delicacy worth trying. What makes the fish so special is not so much the local waters but the way they are cooked. Barbadians have taken the influences of their ancestors from Africa, the Caribbean as well as Europe and the West Indies to create a menu and a taste that is unique to the region. As well as outstanding seafood, meat is popular with traditional items like chicken, beef and pork forming the basis of many dishes. What makes the dishes special however is what they come served with macaroni pie, pelau and rice and peas are all popular sides, while the many local fruits and vegetables provide a mouth-watering alternative to the items common at home. Best of all, what makes Bajan cuisine so tasty is that the food is so fresh. With Bajan chefs preparing dishes using the finest local ingredients, you can be sure that your sumptuous meal not only looks fantastic but tastes amazing, too.