FOR AN ISLAND TERRITORY SO SMALL, BERMUDA PACKS A LOT OF AWARD-WINNING FLAVOUR IN ITS RESTAURANT AND NIGHTLIFE SCENES. Perhaps one of the most surprising things about Bermuda is its abundance of top-quality restaurants and bars. You’ll be hardpressed to find an eatery that hasn’t received accolades for its culinary offerings, which can range from classic American, English and Bermudian fare to refined French, Italian, Spanish and more. One of the best ways to get to know the island is by venturing beyond the hotel and exploring all the dining opportunities in store. And once the sun sets, it’s time to discover Bermuda’s nightlife. FOR STARTERS Though you can enjoy food of all types in Bermuda, you must try the local traditional meals whenever possible. Bermudian food combines the best of the Old and New Worlds, and mixes it with mid-Atlantic goodness. Because of this, for most new arrivals, our food seems oddly familiar even if it might be the first time they try it. Let’s start with the basics: Fish chowder is the backbone of every Bermudian kitchen. Thought to have arrived with settlers in the 17th century, this savoury dish — which has more of a soup quality than a true chowder — consists of a stock made with local fish, such as rockfish, in a tomato base. Fish fillets and a number of vegetables and spices may be added, and variations on the recipe run the gamut. There is only one rule to follow with Bermuda fish chowder: It must be seasoned with Gosling’s Black Seal Rum and Outerbridge’s Original Sherry Peppers sauce. Go easy on both of these condiments if you’ve never used them before; though they enhance the flavour of the dish, a little of either goes a long way. Outerbridge’s Original Sherry Peppers is the hot sauce of Bermuda. Centuries ago, sailors used a mixture of sherry and hot peppers to season their spoiled rations in order to mask the taste. Bermudians adopted this condiment and introduced it to their cuisine. But it was not until the 1960s, when Yeaton Duval Outerbridge developed his own version of this sherry-peppers sauce, that this became a true icon of the island. You’ll find this hot sauce in just about every restaurant on the island, and the fiery concoction can be added to almost any dish, not just fish chowder. Before you go home, don’t forget to take some with you. Gosling’s Black Seal Rum, meanwhile, is one of the unofficial ambassadors of Bermuda. Used in many dishes and cocktails, it has been made since 1857. It received its “seal” in the early days, when purchasers stopped by the Gosling store in Hamilton to fill their own bottles with rum straight from the cask. These were then sealed with black sealing wax. As mentioned, the rum is used not just in drinks, but also as a seasoning in many dishes, including fish chowder and rum cake. Portuguese red bean soup has given Bermudian fish chowder a run for its money as the signature dish of the island because of its popularity with locals and visitors alike. It is believed to have been brought by sailors and immigrants from the Azores and has since become a staple of Bermuda’s cuisine. This hearty dish includes beans and chorizo, which can already be seasoned to be slightly hot, and often includes an extra kick of cayenne pepper. And if that’s not enough, you can always add some sherry-peppers sauce to it for good measure. Cassava pie is not something that you’ll find on the menu every day, but if you’re visiting around Christmastime, you may see it offered, as it is part of a traditional holiday meal. This concoction dates back to 1612 and is not a dessert but, rather, a sweet-and-savoury main course consisting of cassava, eggs, chicken, pork, sugar and nutmeg. Rum cake, however, is very much a dessert that’s cherished in Bermuda. Whilst the English rum cake tradition is not exclusive to Bermuda, only Bermuda’s cakes are made with the distinct flavour of Gosling’s Black Seal Rum. You’ll find many places offer cakes as souvenirs, including the Bermuda Rum Cake Company in Dockyard and Dockside Glass in St. George’s. GLOBAL FLAVOUR Beyond the traditional, Bermuda’s culinary offerings soar above expectations by blending local flavours with international flair. You’ll find many AAA Four and Five Diamond Award–winning restaurants, as well as places that have earned accolades from Wine Spectator and Michelin. Restaurants such as The Point Restaurant & Terrace at Tucker’s Point, Blû Bar and Grill, The Waterlot Inn, Fourways Inn, and Royston’s Grill Room and Coconuts at The Reefs Resort will tempt your palate with delicious, sophisticated takes on intercontinental dishes. Don’t forget to dress to impress for these establishments, as dress codes are strongly encouraged. Men often are required to wear a dinner jacket to maintain decorum. A more casual ambience can be found at places such as Portofino Restaurant, Bouchée Bistro, Griffin’s Bistro & Bar, L’Oriental, Bone Fish Bar & Grill and The Newport Gastropub, all of which do not skimp on taste but offer a decidedly more relaxed vibe. Forget the suit and tie, but remember you’ll still enjoy world-class Italian, Asian, Mediterranean, French or modern cuisine. AFTER DINNER Whilst Bermuda may not appear to be a party destination, the locals do know how to let loose after the sun goes down. In Hamilton, places such as Cafe Cairo, The Club @ MG and Cosmopolitan turn up the music and lower the lights after dinner, making it a veritable party destination with great drinks and beats. Over in Dockyard, Club Aqua keeps things lively late into the evening, with some of the island’s best Djs, and welcomes locals and visitors alike to a party under the stars on the sands of Snorkel Park Beach. On the South Shore, check out Henry VIII Restaurant, where you can enjoy great entertainment and dance the night away. Even old St. George’s, with its pristine, unassuming façade, has some after-dark happenings at the White Horse Pub & Restaurant, where the bar stays open late. Whilst in Bermuda, enjoy a classic Cuba Libre, Daiquiri or Piña Colada made with BACARDÍ® Superior or Gold rum, or have one of the many skilled and knowledgeable bartenders prepare one of their fabulous, delicious signature drinks made with a BACARDÍ® flavoured rum. If rum doesn’t suit your fancy maybe a tantalising GREY GOOSE® vodka Martini or simply enjoy the wonderful flavour, complexity and smoothness found in the DEWAR’S® blended and “double aged” older Scotch whiskies. Remember whichever brand you may choose, please enjoy it responsibly. Pick up any of these fine brands at Burrows, Lightbourn Limited. (295-1554, 297-0409) ISLAND FEAST As you make your way from parish to parish, you’ll see why Bermuda is a destination cherished by foodies. Here are some of the best spots for dining and nightlife on our islands: A taste of Tuscany on the South Shore, Bacci’s talented chefs prepare traditional Italian dishes with passion and authenticity. From handmade artisanal pastas to classic comfort foods like Chicken Parmesan and Fettuccini Alfredo, each plate is lovingly prepared using the freshest seasonal ingredients. Sweeping views of the ocean, their golf course and the Gibbs Hill Lighthouse provide the perfect backdrop for dinner with family and friends. It’s Italian with a passion... bravo Bacci’s. Open for dinner 6 to 10 p.m. (238-8000, fairmont.com/southampton) The Beach House (formerly Blackbeard’s), located at Achilles Bay, is in the shade of historic Fort St. Catherine, the most easterly point of the Bermuda islands. Check out their new lunch menu and sip their signature cocktail, the “Sunset,” or elect to have your own keg of cold Heineken at your table. The Beach House is your own personal place to unwind and have a cocktail or two and watch the sun go down. The Beach House then transforms to an upscale eatery with a great Mediterranean menu with local influence, impeccable service and a select wine list that has something for everyone’s taste and budget. Chef Piero and his team look forward to hosting you at one of the most unique spots on the island. (297-1400) The Blû Bar and Grill is ideally located to showcase fabulous views across the Belmont Hills Golf Course and stunning sunsets and water views over Great Sound. Blû offers great food characterised as bold American cuisine and steakhouse with a Southwestern flavour. This effervescent restaurant provides a wonderful atmosphere with wines and service to match. Visit for dinner any day of the week or treat yourself to a delectable Sunday brunch. (232-2323, diningbermuda.com) Bone Fish Bar & Grill in Dockyard has an exquisite view of Bermuda’s breezy Great Sound; an award-winning, toprated chef at the helm; plenty of fresh fish and top-grade meats. How can you go wrong? Bone Fish offers locals and tourists alike a reasonably priced menu with seafood, homemade pastas, a great wine list, draft beer and desserts to die for. Open seven days a week. Come to enjoy daily entertainment or have a magical cocktail at their new Boner Bar. All are welcome at the newest, happening place to eat in Dockyard. (234-5151, bonefish.bm) Bouchée Bistro is one of Bermuda’s best-kept secrets. One of the island’s residents’ most popular restaurants, Bouchée offers amazing breakfasts, sumptuous lunches and French-inspired dinners. Located at the western end of Front Street, it offers the diner an aesthetically pleasing and comfortable dining room setting with excellent service and affordable, delightful food. Their wine list is perfectly balanced with something for everyone’s palate, from a sophisticated burgundy to a charming chardonnay and everything in between. The owners say, “We pride ourselves on the fact that we have a sophisticated-casual atmosphere with a customer-focused menu.” So what would they recommend? Well, they point their patrons towards the French pâté and pan-seared scallops followed by perhaps local rockfish or wahoo, cooked to order. After dinner, sit back and relax and enjoy an after-dinner drink and coffee. Open Monday through Sunday, 7:30 a.m. through 2:30 p.m., with dinner Monday through Saturday, 6 until 10 p. m. (295-5759, bouchee.bm) Watch the sun rise over the ocean from The Cabana terrace or their pinksand beach... and allow them to serve you from dawn to dusk at Fairmont’s Private Beach Club. When hunger strikes, enjoy quick, delicious, super-relaxed and satisfying selections, served chaise-side or on the terrace. Their beach bar serves up the best in tropical cocktails to keep you cool under the warm, summer sun. Open daily from dawn ’til dusk. Happy hour, with live entertainment, is Thursday to Sunday from 4 to 6 p.m., seasonal. (238- 8000, fairmont.com/southampton) Café Amici, located at the corner of the Clocktower Mall, is an Italian familystyle restaurant in the heart of historic Dockyard. It is a place for friends and family to gather and enjoy the spirit of Italian culture and cuisine, enjoying laughter, exceptional food and each other. Executive Chef and owner Livio Ferigo has created a menu with many of his favourite childhood dishes that he enjoyed whilst growing up in Italy. Café Amici offers a friendly intimate atmosphere, with casual attire and simple, uncomplicated and affordable Italian cuisine, as well as its Bermuda codfish and potato breakfast every Sunday from 9 a.m. to noon. Business or pleasure, visit for a flavourful and relaxing meal. It is open seven days a week, serving breakfast 9 to 11 a.m., lunch to 5:30 p.m. and dinner 6 to 10 p.m. Café Amici, where friends and family come together. Buon appetito. (234-5009) On Front Street in Hamilton, Cafe Cairo offers a unique experience for dining and entertainment. Selected by Condé Nast Traveler as one of the top 25 hot spots in the world, Cafe Cairo offers an exotic fusion of Middle Eastern cuisine and a delicious late-night menu available until 3 a.m., against a background of Middle Eastern–inspired décor that includes a Sultan’s Tent room that is perfect for groups. Cairo transitions to a hip club after 10 p.m., where their Djs will keep you dancing till the wee hours at Hamilton’s No. 1 party spot. (295-5155) The Cellar Club Lounge is Bermuda’s exclusive, premier, top-40 music nightclub. With no cover charge and awarded Bermuda’s best nightlife experience for 2012/13, they cater to a distinguished audience with higher sensibilities. Located 40 feet below Bermuda’s natural elements, this exquisite retro-haven nightclub encompasses everything that locals, visitors and guests of The Fairmont Southampton would desire in their nightlife — crystal chandeliers, LED dance floor, sports television and pool tables. The Cellar is also rich in tradition, with original retro designs, stone pillars and solid wooden beams. The flawless location maintains its position as the most desirable cosmopolitan hot spot on the islands. The lounge is open daily from 9 p.m. to 1:30 a. m. and is available for bachelorette, birthday and many more semi-private parties. (705-2582, email@example.com, thecellarbermuda.com, Facebook page: Cellar Bermuda) Set into the rocks of South Shore, open to sunsets and starlight with the sound of waves lapping nearby, Coconuts at The Reefs Resort has earned praise from Frommer’s as the islands’ most romantic spot for an alfresco sunset dinner and was voted Best Place to Fall in Love by The Bermudian magazine. Linger over cocktails at the Sand Bar whilst exploring the menu of fresh Bermudian fare. Reserve in advance for dinner on the beach, and dig your toes into the pink sand whilst enjoying an intimate meal, complete with tiki torches and the sea whispering in your ear. Lunch is served April through November; dinner, May through November. (238-0222, thereefs.com) Cosmopolitan Ultra Lounge & Nightclub is Bermuda’s newest, liveliest and only indoor/outdoor nightclub in Hamilton. Rated as Bermuda’s No. 1 nightclub, Cosmo awakens every evening on Front Street, in the heart of the city, and draws hundreds of restless souls by transforming their nights into alluring once-in-a-lifetime experiences. Feel what it’s like to dance under the stars as the islands’ top Djs vibrate your heart with the highest-energy music and state-of-the-art lighting. You don’t want to leave Bermuda without saying you went to Cosmopolitan. With no cover charge, it opens Monday to Saturday, 9 p.m. to 3 a.m., and is available for bachelorette, birthday and many more semi-private parties. (705-2582, firstname.lastname@example.org, thecellarbermuda.com, Facebook page: Cosmopolitan Nightclub) Experience the chic, new waterside lounge at The Dock at the Waterlot. Sip a refreshing drink from their locally sourced cocktail menu whilst you watch spectacular sunsets over sparkling Jews Bay. Enjoy a beautiful Bermuda evening on the contemporary, stylish loungers listening to great music under a canopy of stars. Join them for grilled fare straight from the outdoor kitchen in the comfort of the dockside living room. The Dock has a chill, sexy vibe, perfect for catching up with friends or relaxing with your special someone. Open Wednesday to Sunday, 5 to 10 p. m., seasonal. (238-8000, fairmont.com/southampton) The Dockyard Pastry Shop is the newest addition to the Royal Naval Dockyard. Opened in 2011, it offers daily-made pastries, Danish or cookies, together with freshly brewed specialty coffees and teas. Light lunches, such as paninis, club sandwiches (also available gluten-free), salads and quiches are on the menu. One can enjoy a traditional serving of an English-style afternoon tea, as well as a nice glass of wine or a cocktail. (232-2253, cpastrybermuda.com) The Dog House, “Where everyone ends up in Bermuda,” on Front Street in Hamilton, offers Bermuda’s best selection of beer on tap, available by the pint or yard, and the coldest bottled beer in town. The party never stops with widescreen Tvs, pool and foosball tables, Djs, and live entertainment mixed in a casual party atmosphere. “American bistro-style” food can be enjoyed in the bar or on the spacious veranda. The Dog House is rocking until 3 a.m. with delicious late-night menus. (295-5155) Exclusive Charters offers cruises aboard Holding Firm II, a 37-foot Sea Ray Express Bridge. She has a fully air-conditioned cabin bridge with fully enclosed seating and a capacity to carry up to 20 passengers. Cruise packages vary according to clients’ preferences. They offer cruises for various events such as cocktail parties, birthdays, family days, corporate and sunset, to name a few. Ground transportation, catering menus, photography, pedicures, manicures and massage therapy are available on request. If you have any special requests, they will do their best to accommodate you. Onboard amenities include a bathroom with a hot and cold shower, two flat-screen televisions with DVD player, CD/radio player and microwave. Their captain has more than 15 years’ experience around Bermuda’s waters, and both captain and all crew are CPR-certified. They look forward to having you aboard and providing you with a first-class Bermuda experience. (337-3700, exclusivechartersbda.Com) Recently renovated, Flanagan’s is Bermuda’s premier Irish pub, serving great Irish and local fare daily for lunch and dinner. Located on Front Street in Hamilton, Flanagan’s offers a cosy pub atmosphere, affordable prices and friendly service. It has elevator access and outdoor seating with views of Hamilton Harbour. For a bit of Ireland in Bermuda, where you can enjoy a pint of draft beer and the all-day English breakfast in a lively environment, Flanagan’s is the place. Featuring 22 wide-screen, high-definition televisions, Flanagan’s Outback is Bermuda’s true sports bar. Watch the big game on the big 63-inch HDTV or watch the match from your own booth with your own TV and remote control. No matter what team you cheer for, you have the best seat in the house at Flanagan’s Outback Sports Bar, the place to tailgate in Bermuda. Both are located in the Emporium Building at 69 Front Street. (295-8299, flanagans.bm) Elegance, charm and superlative service await you at Fourways Inn. Long recognised as one of Bermuda’s finest gourmet restaurants, Fourways Inn offers a first-class dining experience and an award-winning wine list in a historic 18th-century manor-house setting. An old-world “peg leg” bar on the premises provides a casual atmosphere for a cocktail before dinner or a relaxing afterdinner drink. Dining service is available Monday to Saturday, and on Sunday experience the inn’s extravagant, indulgent Sunday brunch. (236-6517, diningbermuda.Com) The new Grand Cafe in Hamilton offers a new, more affordable way to dine. Their menu centres around two sizes of dishes, grand and petite, which come with corresponding set prices. The menu is described as eclectic with a “little bit of everything.” The lunch menu is loaded with wraps, burgers, soups and salads along with entrée selections, including kebabs, hummus and tabbouleh. For dinner, customers can find items such as lamb chops, seafood and a selection of steaks. They also offer a fixed-price hot and cold buffet for breakfast and lunch in addition to their à la carte menu. The Grand Cafe is open Monday to Friday from 7 to 10 a.m. for breakfast, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. for lunch, and 6 to 9 p.m. for dinner. Saturdays they are only open for dinner. (292-2777, grandcafe.com) Overlooking the UNESCO World Heritage Old Town of St. George’s, Griffin’s Bistro & Bar is located within The St. George’s Club, a cottage hotel and vacation ownership resort. It is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Chef Piero has transformed the bistro with a new menu and a selection of great wines to satisfy both taste and budget. If you want to try something different, the Branzino done in sea salt and plated at the table or the pasta with lobster served family-style are personal favourites. (297- 4235, stgeorgesclub.com) Hammerheads Bar & Grill at Snorkel Park Beach in Royal Naval Dockyard is the place to relax and unwind island-style. Enjoy delicious Bermudian and American food, classic snacks and the most refreshing frozen cocktails and Swizzles at the huge terrace bar whilst you take in spectacular beach and ocean views. Island favourites are served daily, and sunset dining features live entertainment on select weeknights. When the sun goes down, the nightlife heats up at the openair, top-40 Club Aqua. (234-3100) Harbourfront Restaurant, located on the waterfront at the Bermuda Underwater Exploration Institute, offers beautiful water views and is the perfect setting for any dining occasion, casual or otherwise. The varied menu features items from its popular sushi and tempura bar, dry-aged steaks and meats, and the freshest fish and seafood. A wide variety of seafood and meats are prepared on the specialised robata grill, which uses charcoal and smoked wood chips. The restaurant opens Monday to Saturday for lunch, 11:45 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.; dinner from 6 to 10 p.m.; and sushi happy hour from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Sunday is dinner only, 6 to 10 p. m. (295-4207, harbourfront.bm) Awarded the Best of Bermuda Gold award in hotel dining by The Bermudian magazine, Harley’s Restaurant and Terrace at The Fairmont Hamilton, offers guests an incomparable dining experience in a bright and airy atmosphere. Enjoy alfresco dining whilst taking in the breathtaking views and the spectacular harbour-side setting under the beautiful Bermuda sky. Enjoy delightful international fare for lunch and dinner, with succulent entrées, for one of the most unique seasonal dining experiences on the islands. Smart, casual dress is suggested. Harley’s opens daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Hours of operation vary seasonally. (295-3000 ext. 7806, fairmont.com/hamilton) Henry VIII Restaurant, Sushi Bar & Pub has been one of Bermuda’s premier restaurants for more than 40 years, offering inside and outside dining with breathtaking views of South Shore. Enjoy dishes from English and European cuisine to fresh local fish, seafood, plus their famous Bermuda Fish Chowder. If sushi is your choice, sample many different creations at Bermuda’s best sushi bar. For a more casual option, there is a pub menu. Unwind with the daily happy hour or join them later for great entertainment and dance the night away. (238-1977, henrys.bm) Comfortable and sophisticated, the The Heritage Court at The Fairmont Hamilton Princess, offers the most cosmopolitan setting in Bermuda for cocktails, cuisine and conversation. In fact, it has been deemed the place for Best Exotic Cocktails in the Best of Bermuda awards. Here, an extensive collection of fine rums, wines and Champagnes create an ideal mood, whilst the menu showcases classic Bermudian dishes. Its fabulous afternoon tea service and delicate pastries and sandwiches have also garnered a Best of Bermuda award from The Bermudian magazine and were named amongst the 10 Best Afternoon Teas by Air Canada’s enRoute magazine. The Heritage Court opens daily from 11 a.m. to 1 a.m. Afternoon tea is served from 2:30 to 5 p.m., reservations required. Smart, casual dress is suggested. (295-3000 ext. 5779, fairmont.Com/hamilton) Elegant and relaxing, Jasmine, just off the Fairmont Southampton lobby, is the ideal spot for meeting, greeting or simply relaxing. Your favourite cocktails are served throughout the day and evening along with an elegant selection of small plates, snacks and sinful desserts. Their tea sommeliers host special afternoon tea daily with all the trimmings: freshly baked scones, jams and delightful tea sandwiches. In the evening, enjoy live entertainment at Bermuda’s home of the quintessential martini. Open daily from 11 a.m. to 1 a.m. (238- 8000, fairmont.com/southampton) With its dragons and Asian mystique, L’Oriental’s restaurant entrance, next to Little Venice, entices customers up the stairs into a world of fusion cuisine. L’Oriental is the islands’ first Oriental-fusion restaurant, offering the combined tastes and delicacies of the Far East. The meticulously handcrafted pagoda and décor provide a unique backdrop to the teppanyaki table and sushi bar, which provides immaculately prepared sushi. This award-winning restaurant is well-known for its food, service and outstanding interior. Hours are Monday to Friday for lunch from noon to 2:15 p.m., and Monday to Sunday for dinner from 6 to 10 p.m. (296-4477, loriental.bm) Join friends aboard the LadyBoats for an evening like no other. Dine with Bermuda’s finest caterers whilst enjoying an ever-changing view of the shoreline. Dance on the top deck, sip cocktails from the fully stocked bars or just find a quiet place to take in the views. These boats have hosted the royal family, celebrities and, soon, you and your group. Check their website, or call or e-mail to make a booking or get more information. (236-0127, email@example.com, ladyboats.com) Little Venice is Bermuda’s first Italian restaurant, celebrating more than 40 years of fabulous service and fine food. It is touted as the best Italian restaurant in Bermuda by The New York Times and The Boston Globe. This Hamilton restaurant is dedicated to producing an authentic taste of Italy with meticulously prepared classic and contemporary Italian specialties. The adjoining wine bar offers the islands’ most comprehensive wine list, providing excellent selections from around the world. Little Venice opens Monday to Sunday for lunch from noon to 2 p.m.; dinner from 6 to 10 p.m. (295-3503, littlevenice.bm) Margarita’s Grill is the place to go for mouthwatering food with a Mexican flair and the best margaritas in town. Offering margarita happy hour specials every Friday evening along with specially priced drinks with scrumptious tidbits and nibbles sure to suit everyone’s fancy. Margarita’s Grill is transformed into The Club @ MG every Friday and Saturday night from 9 p. m. to 1 a.m. with their in-house DJ shaking and stirring the best in House, Euro, Dance and Top 40. This venue is perfect for all occasions from birthday to anniversary celebrations catering to as many guests as you would like. Margarita’s Grill is open Monday to Thursday, 5 to 10 p.m.; and Friday to Saturday, 5 p.m. to 1 a.m. (296-3330, diningbermuda.com) The MV Venetian is luxuriously equipped to ensure that any event, ranging from a private social soirée to a fancy corporate affair, is a spectacular success. Lavish, well-appointed staterooms and state-of-the-art communication systems provide the perfect setting for a relaxing day cruise or an overnight voyage. The well-established catering service offers the finest cuisine for breakfast, lunch and dinner, supported by the best crew available in Bermuda. (704-3000, venetian.bm) No visit to Royal Naval Dockyard is complete without a visit to the Nannini Häagen-Dazs Ice Cream Parlour in the Clocktower Mall, open seven days a week and featuring only Häagen-Dazs ice cream, sorbets and frozen yogurt. Treat yourself to one of the 16 flavours in a cone, sundae or milkshake. It can even be packed for you to take home. Nannini also offers a variety of indulgences from Italy. So give yourself a treat and visit the Nannini Häagen-Dazs Ice Cream Parlour. (234-2474) Let your hair down, take off your jacket and tie, and get ready to experience The Newport, a Gastropub. It’s an imaginative, innovative culinary adventure featuring modern and creative cuisine inspired by the classics. Their warm and cosy pub-like atmosphere lends itself to watching major sporting events whilst enjoying friendly service, great food and a creative line-up of handcrafted draft beers and fine wines. Start off with their charcuterie station and fresh raw bar, then explore their original menu that draws upon locally sourced products and modern versions of classic dishes served with a fun twist. Open daily, 5 p.m. to midnight. (238-8000, fairmont.com/southampton) Perched high atop the cliffs, Ocean Echo’s impressive wall of windows complements each meal with a striking panorama of glittering ocean. The menu emphasises classic Bermudian cuisine and remastered favourites such as pan-fried rockfish, grilled beef tenderloin, seared maple duck breast and local fish cakes, served in rooms lined with cedar beams and Bermudian artworks. Ocean Echo hosts an extensive Sunday brunch, voted Best on the Island by The Bermudian magazine for its dizzying array of treats, spectacular balcony seating and famously impeccable service. (238- 0222, thereefs.com) Enjoy the finest culinary experience in Bermuda at The Point Restaurant & Terrace. The stunning restaurant displays Pan Am’s one-of-a-kind Sky Club murals depicting the world’s major ports of the 1880s. The cuisine is clearly influenced by international flavours inspired by the murals, but with an infusion of fresh local ingredients. Fine linen, bone china and French cutlery complement classic service. The Point Restaurant serves breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. (298-4070, rosewoodtuckerspoint.com) Experience the flavour of the finest in traditional Italian cuisine at Portofino Restaurant. For over 35 years they have been Bermuda’s favourite Italian restaurant. From a quick, delicious pizza to homemade pastas and exotic dishes, all will delight in their bustling, Italian-town atmosphere. Prices are right and they now offer alfresco dining. Lunch is served from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday. Dinner is served seven days a week, 6 p.m. to 12 a.m. Their take-out service is second to none and is available Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 10 p. m., and on Saturday and Sunday from 4 to 10 p.m. They are conveniently located just off Front Street on Bermudiana Road, Hamilton. Winner of the City of Hamilton Food Festival 2012, People’s Choice Award for Best Restaurant and TripAdvisor certificate of excellence for 2012. (292-2375, Take Out: 296-0606) Q’s Bar-B-Q Bar & Grill is the newest authentic barbeque restaurant located on the South Shore (Gold Coast). Their menu offers different kinds and styles of barbeque: ribs, chicken, beef and pork. Also available are whatever-you-please burgers, and Bermudian favourites such as Hop & John, coconut red beans and rice, and macaroni, all served on their terrace and patio. Don’t forget to bring your bathing suit and towel, as you can relax the afternoon away whilst “chillin’” around the only public saltwater pool on the island, sipping one of their signature drinks like the Gold Coast or the Blue Horizon. If you’re not up for a cocktail, visit their ice cream parlour serving 24 flavours, ice cream or fruit smoothies and snacks. Enjoy relaxing music and Wi-Fi whilst dining at Q’s. (236-7807) Its grand fireplace, rich, dark wood and candlelight give Royston’s Grill Room the warm feel of a traditional supper club. Named after the owner’s father, Royston’s incorporates details reflective of the real Royston’s tastes, even using his handwriting for their menus. Portions are ample and the wine list extensive, with items such as Gosling’s Bermuda rum-soaked pork chops and beef Wellington. Diners enjoy views of the display kitchen, available for cooking demonstrations and wine tastings. The Wine Room, which can be reserved as a private dining room, features a custom-built mahogany wine storage unit holding close to 1,000 bottles. (238- 0222, thereefs.com) Blessed by the scenic tranquility of Mangrove Bay, the Somerset Country Squire is the place to go for picturesque lunches at reasonable prices. On a sundrenched terrace lined by palm trees, the restaurant offers superb dining à la carte. Downstairs is a sports bar with excellent satellite coverage and lots of local character. (234-0105) Enjoy harbour-side seating and cosy romantic dining year-round in St. George’s at the Tavern by the Sea. The menu reveals culinary skills from their international chefs, offering fresh seafood, juicy meats, healthy salads and signature comfort meals. Try their delicious local lobster specials with a savoury stuffing prepared to your liking. (297-3305) Also in St. George’s is Temptations, specialising in great-tasting, affordably priced food to satisfy any appetite. Enjoy a hearty breakfast bagel, delicious homemade soup, the best sandwiches in town, sinful desserts, ice creams and sherbets, or a piping-hot cup of tea or cappuccino. Eat in or take out, open for breakfast and lunch Monday to Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. (297-1368) Wahoo’s Bistro & Patio is centrally located in the heart of the historic Town of St. George and boasts panoramic views of the harbour. It offers a wide range of menu choices guaranteed to satisfy any picky eater, from the famous locally caught fish items — including wahoo nuggets, rockfish Picasso and, of course, the award-winning fish chowder — to the delicious schnitzel sandwich and ever-changing pasta special. Bring your family for a nice, relaxing meal or come for a romantic dinner overlooking the moonlit harbour. (297-1307) Defining Bermuda’s steakhouse experience for nearly 350 years, the historic Waterlot Inn remains Bermuda’s best. Serving the finest prime-aged steaks and chops, this classic dining room has introduced a newly updated and inspired menu that spans time-honoured signature specialties and incorporates bold new flavours. Fresh ingredients, unique preparation and award-winning service surrounded by warm furnishings are the hallmarks of The Waterlot Inn. Open for dinner 6 to 10 p.m. (238-8000, fairmont.com/southampton) The White Horse Pub & Restaurant is Bermuda’s favourite pub and seafood restaurant in St. George’s, well known for its creative and colourful dishes, friendly service and breathtaking views of St. George’s Harbour. The pub offers inside dining, covered waterside dining and an outdoor waterfront bistro area. The White Horse serves a wide selection of fresh local fish, flame-grilled steaks, as well as popular English and Bermudian pub favourites. Great food, great prices, great menu selections, all in a relaxed and casual atmosphere for you to enjoy. Fancy something cool and refreshing? Then sit back and relax whilst sipping on one of their signature cocktails, mojitos or frozen drinks made especially for you. For all you sports fans out there, this is Bermuda’s No. 1 sports bar in St. George’s. Come enjoy wall-to-wall sports coverage of your favourite teams from morning to night. The White Horse is open seven days a week for lunch and dinner, from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; bar open until 1 a.m. or later. Takeout is available. (1-441-297- 1838, whitehorsebermuda.com) Sun, socialise and dine poolside with family and friends. Wickets is a thoroughly refreshing option for lunch, dinner and light bites and features a fabulous variety of creative burgers, sandwiches, salads, shakes and more throughout the day. Hang out on a chaise or hop in the pool for a quick swim. Dine and Dip at Wickets every day from noon to 8 p.m. (238-8000, fairmont.com/southampton) Greet the week with a Bermuda tradition... Sunday Brunch at Windows on the Sound. Classic brunch items take the table with island classics sourced from Bermuda’s local harvest and prepared by their seasoned Bermudian chefs. The bountiful buffet features made-to-order omelets, Belgian waffles, smoothies and so much more. Breakfast is served here daily and is enjoyed by hotel guests and Bermudians alike. Open daily from 6:30 to 11 a.m. Sunday Brunch is 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. (238-8000, fairmont.com/southampton)
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