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Bermuda - Aqua at Surfside

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bdachow Sep 22, 2009 06:11 AM

Finally made it to Aqua over the weekend for a meal. I have to say that I always enjoyed it when it was over at Ariel Sands but now with it’s relocation to Surfside Hotel, I’d say the location is even better. The DP and I got a table right at the edge of the wall overlooking the water. What a wonderful view of the ocean! Definitely, good for romantic dinners.

We both opted for the mussels to start. Served in a fairly traditional white wine, shallot, tomato broth. Unfortunately, both plates arrived with more than half the mussels not opening properly. We had to send the dishes back. We were both offered the opportunity to order another appetizer so the DP ordered the ribs instead. A large plate (for an appie) showed up piled with about 8 or 9 ribs served over an Asian slaw. The ribs were quite nice, not falling off the bone but was still nice and tender. It was nicely glazed, not too much sauce so that it’s just dripping and the glaze was lightly sweet which I liked. The slaw was a nice touch with a nice crunch to it and hits of warm sesame oil. I ordered for my main, the asparagus ravioli appetizer and the DP had the snapper. For some reason I thought the ravioli would be stuffed with an asparagus filling but rather it was spears of asparagus served with a ricotta ravioli. It was nice with the ravioli al dente but nothing spectacular. The DP’s snapper looked quite nice, served with a cassava gratin and medley of vegetables. I didn’t taste it but he seemed to really enjoy it. We ended the evening with the soufflé of the day, which was a banana soufflé served with crème anglaise. I have to say that I enjoyed it immensely, as it had a nice banana flavour and it wasn’t too sweet which is why I don’t like the Fourways souffle’s too much. The DP prefers the Fresco’s ones better. The top part of the soufflé reminded me of the paper wrapped cakes (and that’s the literal translation of the name “zhee bao dan goh” that you get at Chinese bakeries which probably accounts for my preference for this soufflé.

Overall, a nice meal. The service was excellent and very attentive which combined with the view made the experience a very pleasant evening. The food was average, nothing spectacular unfortunately. Will go back at some point and see if it was a one off affair with the food. I hope so!

  1. bermudagourmetgoddess Sep 28, 2009 06:14 AM

    Instead of two dinners in one night we could do a tapas crawl - kind of like a pub crawl but with food!

    1. bermudagourmetgoddess Sep 24, 2009 01:10 PM

      We are going on "heroes" weekend also for the Food Network Food and Wine Show...We snagged tickets to Chelsea after dark, Tour De Beef, Olive oil & Cheese tasting at Fig & Olive and Mario's Chat...can not wait, not only to get off de rock, but also to dive into some extraordinary meals! Want to hear about all your eating adventures also!

      A mini chowdown sounds like fun we should try to set that up after the trip

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      1. re: bermudagourmetgoddess
        Athena Sep 25, 2009 01:26 AM

        I'm up for a Bda chowdown! Please keep me posted.

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          bdachow Sep 25, 2009 06:55 AM

          Excellent! We'll aim for after the trip to NYC. I think I'm keeping it low key this time, 2 dinners in one evening really pushed it last time. Was excellent but couldn't eat for a couple days afterwards. Oops!

          1. re: bdachow
            Athena Sep 25, 2009 12:57 PM

            Two dinners in one evening!! I thought only Calvin Trillin did that!

            OK - I'll wait to hear from you.

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              mrwynter Sep 25, 2009 02:20 PM

              wonderful to read..what is a DP?

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                bdachow Sep 27, 2009 01:00 PM

                DP=dining partner

      2. bermudagourmetgoddess Sep 24, 2009 08:04 AM

        Thanks for your post BDACHOW, I have been wanting to try Aqua, but as always when my husband and I go out it is always for sushi, because as my husband would say why go out for "cooked" food when we can do better at home.

        This past weekend I wanted to test a couple of dishes I have been working on, Sundried & Arugula pesto stuffed chicken breast served with a pan sauce of white wine and lemon along side of a sauté of double smoked bacon, wild mushrooms & asparagus. Pesto about 4 sundried tomatoes, 1/3 C macadamia nuts with about 1 ½ C of Arugula, pepper, and ¼ C fresh grated parmesan cheese, mix well (tasted before adding salt, if it needs some then add if not then don’t) now add a 2 tbsp of olive oil, I like my pesto for this kind of thick for this, so only add a tbsp at a time, you can add more to get the thickness desired. Placed the mixture between two seasoned (pounded out) chicken breast, floured lightly and sautéed in olive oil until golden on each side, about 5 to 7 minutes over med high heat, removed once done and make sauce by adding ½ c white wine, squeeze of ½ lemon, tbsp of butter, once it started to bubble, placed the chicken back in, covered the dish and turned the burner off.

        Sautéed double smoked bacon for about 5 minutes over ed high heat, now add the chopped wild mushroom (use what you like) sauté for another 7 to 10 minutes and add the asparagus, season with some pepper and a bit of salt (think of the bacon) sauté for 5 to 7 minutes and it’s done.

        And Scallop and Shrimp bake topped with homemade bread crumbs (parmesan cheese, garlic powder, sherry, salt, pepper, fresh chopped parsley, I laid the scallops and shrimp in a dish covered well with the breadcrumb mixture and drizzled melted butter over the top, baked at 400 for 17 to 20 minutes served them on top of savory grits – make grits with some double smoked bacon, parmesan cheese and chicken stock.

        With wine (for both nights, 1 red 1 white each night) and all ingredients both dishes ran me about $130.00 (shopping between SuperMart on Front Street and Miles) that was for 8 portions.

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          bdachow Sep 24, 2009 10:46 AM

          Mmmm....making me hungry!!! And surprising that the bill came out to that amount only.

          So it seems that we'll both manage to be in NYC for Oct. I'm managing to sneak off for the weekend of (formerly) Heroes Day. Can't wait to hear about your eating adventures.

          Was thinking perhaps one day we should do a mini-chowdown here in Bermuda. Granted it's a small group, I think only us 3 regulars, but thinking it could be fun. I attended in Vancouver with some local CH'ers and it was a fun experience. Thoughts?

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