Bermuda - third visit, what's new?
- whs Jun 11, 2012 05:50 PM
We've been to Bermuda twice and are heading back for a third visit over the American July 4th weekend. Staying at the Rosedon in Hamilton. We've enjoyed Harry's, Barracuda Grill, Pickled Onion, Silk, Ascots, Waterlot, Port o Call, Hog Penny,Rustico, Mickeys, the Harbourfront, among many. Are there any new spots that you recommend? We miss Waterloo House!
Tribe Road Kitchen on the corner of King and Reid Street East in town (see their Facebook page for details and photos of delicious food).
North Rock Brewery, South Road in Smith's has a new owner/chef who worked with Thomas Keller.
Wait until you see the behemoth that is replacing the lovely Waterloo House ...
I'll add Angelo's Bistro (inside the Walker Arcade between Reid St and Front St), Smokin Barrel bbq truck, parked by the Front St. ferry terminal, Little Mexico food truck, parked in the City Hall parking lot by the taxi stand. Taste at 141 Front Street (the new building heading out of town towards Bermuda Underwater Exploration Institute).
I haven't eaten at 1 or 2, have been to 3 and 4 and they're both ok. 3 is a value for money proposition which I don't believe they fill even though the food is tasty (not great but good). 4 is too hit and miss and it's pretty slow.
Have you been to The Dining Room at Gibbs Hill Lighthouse? It's by the Southampton Princess hotel, same owners as Rustico and the food is similar in style but the views are really pretty. I definitely recommend it. As well, Primavera's which was across the street from Harry's has been rebranded to Flying Fish, same owners as Rustico and Dining Room with more of a focus on seafood now.
Think that covers things.
Oh yes, lastly there'a new pastry shop up at Dockyard's, located across the road from the Visitor Information centre. If you're touring around the island up that way, I'd recommend it for a light lunch (although the portions are fair sized). I like sitting in the courtyard at a tall table and watching the tourists milling around. Plus they have free wifi.
Thanks again for your suggestions - highlight of the trip was the dining room at the Gibbs Hill Lighthouse. Spectacular view and my dining partner said the veal chop was the best he has ever had. My rockfish was perfectly prepared. Service was a little crazed, but two guys running up and down those stairs...oh my. Harry's did a nice lunch first day, Bouchee was a solid B foodwise, the captain of the Sally Bum Bum was taking his wife out for her birthday at the next table and we had a free-ranging and funny conversation. The weather was great, so all subsequent lunches were at Mickey's at Elbow Beach. Barracuda Grill was as good as we remembered, and Bolero served a tasty liver and onions! DP had blood pudding with potatoes roasted in duck fat - unctuous. Are the dress codes relaxing or is it our familiarity with Bermuda - everything seemed much less formal.