Alison Outerbridge 2017-05-02 04:02:51
Dining is an essential part of the Bermuda experience and key to a great vacation. But where to go? What to look for? What not to miss? Luckily in Bermuda your dining options run the gamut, from fine dining at a world-famous chef’s restaurant to family-run diners and food trucks. Many visitors want to “eat where the locals eat.” Rest assured: All the restaurants rely on their local trade, so you won’t find any tourist traps here! You’ll come across restaurants in their fourth, fifth and even sixth decade of welcoming guests in the door for a good meal. Bermuda’s cuisine reflects its culture and heritage, and you will find restaurants with European, Caribbean and Portuguese influences, along with the latest food trends. As a tiny speck in the middle of the North Atlantic, fish features prominently on menus; and during lobster season the spiny lobsters are served up in a variety of ways. Traditional Bermuda fish chowder is on the menu islandwide, varies in colour depending on the chef and, in some instances, has been re-imagined. Originally a poor man’s dish, fish chowder’s base comes from cooking down the rack, head and tail left behind once all the fillets are cut away from the fish. These days the fillets are put in too, along with plenty of Goslings Black Seal Rum and Outerbridge’s Sherry Peppers! FROM CLASSIC TO MODERN If you are looking for a fine-dining experience, you’ll be spoilt for choice — there are historic homes converted into romantic restaurants with classic European cuisine; modern bistros that source their produce from local organic farmers; and upscale hotel restaurants offering a weekly chef’s table. For a casual meal, the classic Bermuda pub is a great choice for a few pints, burgers, fish and chips, or pie of the day, and to catch a game on a big screen. Many of them host live bands or DJs on the weekend, and a Friday evening meal can easily turn into a lively night out! DIG IN AT DINERS If you want a no-frills, homestyle meal, a good place to start is at the neighbourhood diner, many of which have been open for decades, offering breakfast, lunch and dinner specials and homemade desserts — and all at a reasonable price. Look for taxis and trucks in the parking lot and you’ll know you’re at a good spot. For a quick bite on the go, stop at one of the food trucks parked in the City of Hamilton or even at an attraction like the Bermuda Golf Academy & Driving Range in Southampton. They offer burgers, codfish cakes, steak-umms and local-made pies; or try a Portuguese speciality. In October, the Food Truck Festival took place on Front Street with 15 trucks participating, one of which started out as a horse and cart in 1939. For waterfront dining, visit the historic Town of St. George and plan to stay for lunch or dinner, as the original capital boasts four restaurants with beautiful views of the harbour. If a meal with vista of Bermuda’s South Shore beaches is on your list, try one of the hotels, which stretch along the coast and welcome guests to their oceanfront restaurants. SANDWICH SAVANTS One topic Bermudians do not always agree on is: Where can you get the best fish sandwich? Everyone has their favourite spot for the biggest, tastiest, freshest Bermuda fish sandwich; so your best bet is to ask your taxi driver or the person sitting next to you on the bus. They may suggest the takeout window at a local cricket club, a grill on North Shore or the reinvented fish sandwich at one of the chef-owned restaurants. With a distinct lack of overseas franchises, Bermuda’s restaurant industry has remained authentic and unique. Fresh-caught wahoo served with seasonal fruits, hearty Portuguese red bean soup, spicy Jamaican beef patty, Indian curry, brick oven pizza… the choices are plentiful. No matter what you are in the mood for, Bermuda’s restaurants will serve you an experience to remember. NIGHTLIFE Whilst Bermuda may not appear to be a party destination, the locals do know how to let loose after the sun goes down. Many of Bermuda’s restaurants and bars transform into the hippest lounges and nightclubs after dark, with some parties going on deep into the night. To get the party started, enjoy a classic Cuba Libre, Rum Swizzle, classic Mojito or Dark ’n Stormy; or have one of Bermuda’s skilled and knowledgeable bartenders prepare one of their fabulous, delicious signature drinks. The complete island experience features Bermuda’s world-renowned Goslings Black Seal Rum. This deep, luscious rum is so versatile it can be sipped like a fine single malt or star in any rum-based cocktail, providing an extra level of richness. It pairs superbly with most any cuisine and is the heart of several popular Bermuda recipes. As Bermuda’s oldest company, you’ll find all of Goslings award-winning rums available islandwide, in Goslings own shops in town and duty-free at the airport. (298-7337, 298-7368; goslingsrum.com) ISLAND FEAST Anchor Restaurant, Bar & Lounge showcases a selection of international cuisine and a fusion of local traditional cuisine, all at affordable prices. They feature gluten-free and Paleo dishes on their menu. Anchor Restaurant is open seven days a week and serves breakfast, lunch and dinner with the added convenience of take out. There is also live entertainment during the week, and they offer free Wi-Fi to their customers. The restaurant is located just inside The Royal Naval Dockyard gates. (232-1345; firstname.lastname@example.org) For a Best of Bermuda award-winning meal, featuring sushi that can only be described as “the best you’ll ever taste,” visit Beluga Bar. They are located at the base of the stairs on the lower lever of Washington Mall in Hamilton. The restaurant is easily recognised by its unusual atrium-style design and friendly waitstaff. The menu bursts with unusual and compelling flavour combinations and a variety of daily specials. Open Monday through Saturday, serving lunch from 11.30 a.m. to 2.45 p.m. and dinner from 6 to 10 p.m. Drinks served from 5 p.m. daily. (542-2859; belugabar.bm) Bermuda Explorer provides visitors to the island with the unique opportunity of experiencing Bermuda the way locals do. Have you ever taken a trip to a country and left feeling like you really did not get to know the local native people and their culture? Bermuda Explorer introduces you to vetted local families that welcome you to their home where you learn their traditional ways of cooking local cuisine, and then you get to eat with the family as they tell you about their island home and heritage. Some families may even take you fishing, “Bermuda style, off de rocks,” then take you back home to cook up the fish you just caught and enjoy some Bermuda Rum Swizzle. Or maybe you prefer to have a traditional afternoon tea at a cosy Bermudian home. Tell them what sort of an experience you are looking for, and they will customise it for you. This truly will be an unforgettable experience as you meet new friends and create memories of a lifetime with these friendly and hospitable locals. (534-1797; bermudaexplorer.com) Tucked away in one of Hamilton’s most enchanting and historic alleys, Bistro J on Chancery Lane offers a unique, wholesome and imaginative daily changing blackboard menu, with an option of six appetisers, six entrées and six desserts for one set price, all served in a lively bistro setting. All wines on the list are available by the glass. Open for lunch five days a week and dinner nightly. (296-8546; bistroj.bm) Blû Bar & Grill’s stunning location overlooking the Great Sound gives it an unparalleled view of the water and local yacht and international sailing events. Its floor-toceiling picture windows offer breathtaking vistas of a watercolour sky and a memorable palette of blues. Its central location in Warwick, off Middle Road at the Belmont Hills Golf Course, provides the perfect backdrop of golfing greens and azure waters. Blû’s cuisine is Southwest American with generous Italian and Asian influences. This restaurant provides a chic, modern vibe in a singularly Bermudian setting where you can enjoy great service, food and wines. Visit for dinner any day of the week. (232-2323; blu.bm) Bolero Brasserie is a lively, bustling and friendly place with an atmosphere that welcomes people from all walks of life. At Bolero you will often see businesspeople in suits dining next to locals wearing more casual attire, people that are simply out for delicious food and friendly, efficient service and, overall, an enjoyable dining experience. Bolero, located at 95 Front Street in Hamilton, celebrates its 10th anniversary this year. Head Chef Jess changes dishes on the menu regularly; their aim is to offer something “a little different” to what you would normally see on menus in Bermuda. Their competitively priced wine list also has regular changes. (292-4507; bolerobrasserie.com) Bulli.Social is Bermuda’s only gourmet burger and dawg shoppe. They serve the most juicy, delicious burgers that you will ever taste; try the Bulls’ Eye with smoked brisket, bacon jam, cheese, tomatoes and a fried egg. The Persian Shepherd with lamb, cucumber, mint, yoghurt and grilled halloumi is also a favourite. They have a huge menu with something for everyone. Situated in the heart of Hamilton at 7 Queen Street, adjacent to Queen Elizabeth Park, Bulli.Social has an open-air patio and a fully stocked outdoor bar which is very popular with locals and visitors alike. Bulli.Social is great for small or large private events, with the part use of the park. Join them for lunch, dinner, late night on the weekends for “Social Hours,” or whilst out summer evening shopping during Harbour Nights. (232-2855; bullisocial.com) Calico Jack’s Floating Bar has been appropriately named after Calico Jack, one of the only pirates having set foot in Bermuda. This 75-foot pirate-themed floating bar, transformed from an original Bermuda ferry, has an island vibe and is known for its signature cocktails, laid-back atmosphere and breathtaking panoramic views. You can relax on board and listen to great music and sip on some of their signature cocktails, like a Frozen Pink Palm Tree or a Grog. Take in the fantastic views of the marina, watch the boats sail by or interact with the locals. After 9 p.m., Calico Jack’s has nightly entertainment by some of Bermuda’s best resident DJs. Calico Jack’s is permanently docked just through the main security gates of the cruise ship terminals in The Royal Naval Dockyard. They are open seven days a week from 12 p.m. to 1 a.m. and beyond in peak season. Closing hours vary when cruise ships are not in port. Calico Jack’s is available for private buy-outs alongside the dock or as a private charter. (504-5225; calicojacksbda.com) Confections is a Bermudian boutique bakery passionately dedicated to the simple beauty and nostalgia of the traditional Bermuda sugar cookie. Their recipe has been tried, tested and painstakingly perfected for well over 20 years, thereby ensuring that each cookie has a seamless and delectable blend of airy lightness, a respectable crunch and just enough sweet persuasion to keep you coming back for more. Their very special limitededition America’s Cup cookies, designed in celebration of the 2017 America’s Cup, are available by delivery to your hotel, at select retailers islandwide and at The Gift Garden of Salt Spray Soap Co. located at 7 Water Street in St. George’s. (505-DIE4 ; confections2die4.com) The award-winning Flanagan’s Irish Pub and Outback Sports Bar are two of Bermuda’s most popular watering holes. Conveniently located in the heart of Front Street and serving your favourite pub dishes as well as American and local fare, these two restaurants are not to be missed. At Flanagan’s you’ll experience a touch of Ireland in Bermuda with a cosy pub atmosphere, delicious draft beers and the classic all-day English breakfast. Enjoy a pint on the balcony and take in the beautiful view of Hamilton Harbour. For sports fans, Outback is the place to catch any match of the day on one of their 22 HDTVs or watch from your own private booth. No matter what team you cheer for, you always have the best seat in the house at Outback, voted Bermuda’s favourite sports bar several years in a row. Find both Flanagan’s and Outback at 69 Front Street in Hamilton. No trip to Bermuda is complete without a visit. Check them out on Facebook and TripAdvisor. (295-8299; flanagans.bm) Originally built in the 1720s, Fourways Inn & Restaurant has remained unchanged at heart despite extensive renovations. Nowadays an old 18th century Bermuda fireplace, sturdy cedar beams and original stone walls lend an alluring sense of character to a space already steeped in tradition. Dinner at Fourways is not merely a culinary experience but also a journey back in time. Sophisticated yet relaxed, Fourways’ patrons enjoy unerring hospitality, lavish meals and a Wine Spectator award-winning selection of reds and whites. An Old World “peg leg” bar on the premises provides a casual atmosphere for a cocktail before dinner or a relaxing after-dinner drink. Dining service is available Monday through Saturday; and on Sunday, experience the inn’s extravagant, indulgent Sunday brunch. (236-6517; fourways.bm) Generosa’s Portuguese Cuisine is a new concept to Bermuda, a Portuguese churrasqueira and café in one. They are a mobile food venue, offering traditional, quality meals like Vovô (Portuguese grandmother) would make, at affordable prices. Generosa’s bakes and prepares most of its own pastries, chouriço and cheeses using traditional and authentic methods and offers mouthwatering family platters or delicious house specialities like Shrimp Mocambique and bite-size Codfish Cakes. “Vovô’s recipes... cooked with love.” Enjoy your delicious food in a casual, shaded area or in the gazebo-covered Sports Lounge, featuring dart boards and largescreen TVs. Generosa’s is casual dining in an unbeatable location in Southampton, set on a quaint and lovely property — the Bermuda Golf Academy & Driving Range, offering an 18-hole scenic miniature golf adventure and full driving range. Something fun for the whole family to enjoy. (238-8580) Glaze Bakery-Café is Bermuda’s No. 1 bakery and famous for its unique and flavourful products, warm hospitality and colourful interior design. This neighbourhood bakery started out as wedding cake, birthday cake and custom-shape cake specialists, then moved to larger locations serving decadent pastries, delectable doughnuts, hot coffees, cold smoothies, delicious sandwiches and deli foods. Glaze Bakery-Café has something for everyone. With a priority on ensuring exceptional customer service, the goal of Glaze Bakery-Café is to provide the food you want to eat depending on the way you want to eat. For wellness, comfort food or indulgence, Glaze Bakery-Café has something special for you. (292-4422; glaze.bm) Go Jo’s Coffee Shop sits on the water’s edge next to the infamous Ducking Stool in the King’s Square, St. George’s. Enjoy some of the best local cuisine, freshly prepared for you each day: traditional Bermuda fish chowder, homemade codfish cakes, local fish sandwiches and Jo’s famous sloppy Go Jo burgers. A must-try is their ever-popular amazing carrot cake, fudge brownies, old-fashioned fudge and homemade apple pie. (297-0614) Hammerheads Bar & Grill at Snorkel Park Beach is the place to relax and unwind island-style. Enjoy delicious Bermudian and American-influenced cuisine, classic snacks and the most refreshing frozen cocktails to chill you in the summer heat. Get local and enjoy a Bermuda Rum Swizzle, a Dark ’n Stormy, or Tequila’s award-winning Shark Oil from the terrace bar whilst you take in spectacular beach and ocean views. Island favourites are served daily, and sunset dining features live entertainment on select nights. Tropical fun awaits the whole family at their Sunset Markets, Tiki Parties and Bonfires on the Beach. For the more laid back, chill out to the soft island music or walk the beach. Later, when the sun goes down, the beach heats up with the open-air dance floor and late-night dining. Bermuda’s top DJs bring you all the hits and island favourites (18+, ID required). You can party under the stars all night long. Book online or with your concierge. (234-3100; snorkelparkbeach.com) Harry’s is situated in The Waterfront Complex at Pitts Bay Road, just to the east of the Hamilton Princess & Beach Club. Open for lunch and dinner daily, except Sundays and public holidays, Harry’s philosophy is simple. Their new American steakhouse style incorporates sustainably farmed meats, including their famous dry-aged beef and the best of Bermuda’s fish, which are delivered right to their door. Through their partnership with Miles Market and Miles Farms, they take the finest, freshest ingredients to create their homegrown yet internationally sophisticated cuisine. You are able to choose your Harry’s experience from their different options: Harry’s Bar, waterside patio with Hamilton Harbour views, private dining room or main dining room. So whether you are looking for a light lunch, a drink at happy hour or dinner for two or 20, Harry’s will meet your requirements. Their extensive cocktail menu and Wine Spectator award-winning wine cellar cater to all tastes and budgets. Harry’s was named in memory of Henry C. D. Cox. His achievements, contributions to Bermuda’s culture and love of good food and drink shared with friends are the inspiration for all that they do. (292-5533; harrys.bm) Island Cuisine Restaurant serves food that locals and tourists have thoroughly enjoyed for 13 years. They use the best products, both local and imported, to produce delicious healthy food. Healthy cooking oils are used, and no preservatives, dyes, MSG or chemicals are added. They cook the old-fashioned way. They peel, chop, mash, steam, bake, pan-fry and stew. Many say their food — especially, soups, stews, and Saturday and Sunday Bermuda Cod Fish Breakfast Specials — are the best on the island. Taste for yourself. Breakfast is served all day. Other delicious specials include fish dinners, deep fried or pan-fried in olive oil and garlic; jerk chicken; braised pork chops; roasted lamb; BBQ pork ribs; curry chicken roti; baked chicken; Bermuda fish cakes; kid’s meals; paninis; wraps; sandwiches; fries; onion rings; heavenly mac ‘n’ cheese and so much more. Also, vegetarian soups, burgers and daily specials are available. Wine and beer are served. Try their delicious milk shakes, supposedly the best on the planet! Stop by as soon as you arrive; you’ll want to visit them more than once. They are centrally located in Southampton at 235 Middle Road, east of Camp Road and the Market Place. Open Monday through Saturday, 6 a.m. to 9:45 p.m.; Sunday, 7 a.m. to 2:45 p.m., re-open 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Free Wi-Fi. Great food, great company. (238- EATS ; islandcuisine.org) La Trattoria is one of Bermuda’s longeststanding restaurants and a favourite of locals and visitors alike. Perfectly placed in the heart of Hamilton makes it the ideal restaurant for a romantic dinner for two or a gathering with friends. This festive trattoria has warm and familiar red brick walls and rustic tile floors, giving an authentic Italian feel; or a few outdoor tables provide an alfresco experience in Washington Lane. It offers the island’s only wood-burning pizza oven as a centrepiece and is recognised as best in Bermuda for their hearty Italian food and warm, kid-friendly environment, all at an extraordinary value. (295-1877; latrattoria.bm) 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 superbly prepared classic and contemporary Italian specialities. The adjoining Wine Bar offers the island’s most comprehensive wine list, providing excellent selections from around the world and a popular happy hour Monday through Friday from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Little Venice opens Monday through Friday for lunch from noon to 2 p.m.; Monday through Saturday for dinner from 6 to 10 p.m. (295-3503; littlevenice.bm) 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 island’s first Oriental-fusion restaurant, offering the combined tastes and delicacies of the Far East. The meticulously hand-crafted pagoda and décor provide a unique backdrop to Bermuda’s only teppanyaki table and the elegant sushi bar, which provides immaculately prepared sushi. This award-winning restaurant is well-known for its food, service and outstanding interior. Hours are Monday through Friday for lunch from noon to 2:15 p.m.; dinner Monday through Saturday from 6 to 10 p.m.; and Sunday dinner, 6 to 9 p.m. (296-4477; loriental.bm) Like the hotel around it, Marcus’ is a visually striking affair, arrayed with modern art from the hotel’s owners, including original pieces by Andy Warhol, Liu Ye and Nelson Mandela amongst others. The signature restaurant occupies the former Gazebo Room, once a grand ballroom, offering a central bar and views of the harbour. An open kitchen with a wood-burning grill located opposite is a show all on its own, with chefs creating Samuelsson’s speciality dishes. A preview of menu items includes the salmon on the grill, jerk pork belly and tantalising fried chicken and waffles. Additional dishes pay tribute to Bermudian culture, such as Grilled Bermuda Onion and Fish Chowder Bites amongst others. The restaurant features a full beverage menu with signature and classic cocktails, a well-rounded selection of wine and beer, and a new spin on a local favourite, ginger beer–based Darker and Stormier. (298-2028; marcusbermuda.com) The three-hour Memorable Evening in Bermuda has received rave reviews. Now entering its second year, this five-star (TripAdvisor) evening has been hailed as: “Awesome,” “The Best Evening in Bermuda,” “Fantastic Performance.” Enjoy two complimentary wine beverages from 6:30 p.m., then an exquisite candlelight dinner in one of Bermuda’s finest restaurants, Fourways Inn & Restaurant, located in Paget. After dinner, step back in time to 1905 with 60 minutes of wit and humour in the performance of Mark Twain in “Reminiscences and Other Lies.” Mark Twain was a frequent visitor to Bermuda between 1867 and 1910 and said, “You can go to Heaven if you want. I’d rather stay in Bermuda.” (236-6517 [Fourways Inn & Restaurant]; marktwain.bm) No visit to The 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 yoghurt. Treat yourself to one of the 16 flavours in a cone, sundae or milk shake. 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) Located above Port O’ Call on Front Street, Pearl is a welcome addition to Bermuda’s sushi scene. When creating the menu, their skilled sushi chefs have combined their traditional Japanese culinary training along with the culinary styles garnered through worldwide experience. A unique and extensive sake and wine list is available for you. The result is a modern and creative menu, which still satisfies the classic sushi experience. Open for lunch five days a week and dinner nightly. (295-9150; pearl.bm) Set in an opulent dining room of oversized plush chairs, rich cedar and the sounds of fine bone china and crystal clinking softly, diners will experience the grandeur of the golden age of travel at The Point Restaurant & Terrace of Rosewood Tucker’s Point. The eclectic menu takes its inspiration from Bermuda’s rich history, as well as the dramatic ports of call depicted in Gerard Henderson’s Sky Club murals. Dishes include the classic Bermudian Fish Chowder, exotic plates like a Beirut-inspired Cumin Spiced Lamb, and decadent confections like a Dulce de Leche from Rio de Janeiro. (298-4070) One of Bermuda’s most popular restaurants is Port O’ Call, located at 87 Front Street. Enjoy award-winning signature dishes featuring contemporary styles with an emphasis on fresh Bermuda seafood. Enjoy their award-winning wine list, with over 40 selections by the glass, or a cocktail designed by one of their awardwinning bartenders. Open for lunch five days a week and dinner nightly, dine inside or alfresco on the harbourview terrace — either way, you’re sure to love the experience of superb service and a masterful menu in an elegant setting. (295-5373; portocall.bm) Portofino Restaurant has been Bermuda’s favourite Italian restaurant for over 35 years. 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 Monday through Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dinner is served seven days a week from 6 to 10 p.m. Their takeout 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 in Hamilton. TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence. Winner of City of Hamilton Food Festival. Bermuda at its best. (292-2375; Takeout: 296-0606) Private charters are available year-round for groups of up to 65 on Rising Son II Catamaran. With an ocean backdrop and hoisted sail, they offer a memorable venue for any special-occasion celebrations, cocktail cruises, corporate events and booze cruises. (236-1300; islandtourcentre.com) Ruby Murrys is the newest addition to Bermuda’s restaurant scene and is quickly becoming the place to go for discerning diners who yearn for the real taste of India. Their menu features some of the most popular gastronomic delights from the many diverse regional styles of India, all served in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. Located at 2 Chancery Lane, they are open for lunch five days a week and dinner seven nights a week. Takeout and catering available. (295-5058; rubymurrys.bm) Want the ultimate dining experience? Join Sanctuary Marine aboard Sanctuary, a 53-foot 2008 47 G11 Riviera for a private, exclusive charter; custom lunch or dinner with food fit for royals. Guests enjoy the culinary expertise of Executive Chef Samantha Crew whilst sailing the prettiest waters in the world. Stop to snorkel or swim in a sheltered cove. Sanctuary Marine offer first-class Bermuda experiences that can be customised to your every need. (707-2753; sanctuary.bm) Blessed by the scenic tranquillity of Mangrove Bay, Somerset Country Squire is the place to go for picturesque lunches at reasonable prices. On a sun-drenched terrace lined by palm trees, the restaurant offers superb dining a la carte. Downstairs is a sports bar with excellent satellite coverage and lots of local character. (234-0105) Start your day right at Speciality Inn. A popular, family-owned restaurant that has become the spot, not just for locals but also for legends like actor Clint Eastwood and former U.S. President Jimmy Carter. Established in 1985, Speciality Inn is well-known for its diverse range of local and international cuisines. Also a pizzeria and sushi bar, the restaurant has won numerous times in Bermuda’s Best of the Gold Awards. Kid-friendly with a welcoming yet relaxed ambience, Speciality Inn, located at Collectors Hill at 4 South Road in Smith’s Parish, is open Monday through Saturday from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. Closed Sundays and public holidays. Reservations not needed. (236-3133; specialityinn.bm) The Speciality Cinema is your alternative to the megaplex moviegoing experience. They are by choice the small guy in town, providing a more intimate, personal setting in which to enjoy a perfect afternoon or evening out with friends. Bermuda’s only cinema with two theatres, The Speciality Cinema & Grill provides delicious breakfasts, quick lunches, delicious meals or a quick snack with your movie or for any occasion. With monthly food specials, the cinema is a winner of Bermuda’s Best of the Gold Award. The Speciality Cinema is located in the heart of Hamilton at 12 Church Street. Box office hours are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.; and Sunday and public holidays, noon to 8 p.m. (292-2135; specialitycinema.bm) Italian for “on the green,” Sul Verde offers stunning views of the Tucker’s Point Golf Course to accompany a selection of special dishes from unique regions in Italy. Striving to deliver the most authentic taste, chefs seek out ingredients from each Italian region and combine them with fresh local products from Bermuda. The “Ocean” pizza, for example, marries flour from Napoli, transformed into the perfect “Verace” crust that is both crisp and chewy. Sweet shrimp, scallops and calamari are then seasoned with garlic, chili and basil to complement this uniquely Bermudian pizza. Cheese aficionados will enjoy the house-made mozzarella and creamy burrata served alongside classic antipasti and houseinfused grappas. (298-6983) Sweet SAAK Bakery is the quintessential family-run bakery. SAAK is an acronym from the initials of the four siblings that run this homestyle Bermudian bakery. No need for exact directions to this sweet shop on York Street in St. George’s. All you need to do is follow the delicious smells of daily-baked items wafting from their doors. All items are baked on location using family recipes. Ample indoor seating, a library and Wi-Fi available. Make yourself at home, and welcome to the family. (297-0663; sweetsaak.com) No vacation would be complete without a visit to Bermuda’s oldest pub, the Swizzle Inn, at Bailey’s Bay (293-1854), or their newest location, Swizzle South Shore, at 87 South Road, Warwick (236-7459). First, sip an original Rum Swizzle, the deliciously potent national drink. Then, venture on to the patio or indoors to enjoy the award-winning Swizzle burger or Bailey’s Bay fish sandwich, pizzas, or the best nachos or onion rings. Dinner includes local fish, steaks, classic pub fare like shepherd’s pie and fish ’n’ chips. After dinner, stick around for great live pub entertainment. Stop by for the hugely popular weekend barbeque menu with slow-smoked ribs, steaks, chicken and seafood. Portions are good, and prices are reasonable. Be sure to leave your card or a message on the pub walls, which are covered with graffiti from previous “swizzlers.” Both locations are kidfriendly. Check out the gift shops, which offer a wide selection of Swizzle Inn Swagger Out clothing and gifts. (swizzleinn.com) Tempest Bistro is situated in a restored former military warehouse on Water Street, Somers’ Wharf, and offers international-style bistro variations on local favourites that have proven to be pleasing to both locals and visitors alike. The exposed brick and original archways throughout give warmth and comfort, providing a relaxing atmosphere for any dining occasion. (297-0861) Also located in St. George’s is Temptations Café, which specialises in personally prepared, affordably priced comfort food to satisfy every appetite. Selections range from hearty breakfast bagels; delicious homemade soups; the best sandwiches in town; pastries; ice cream cones; sundaes and shakes; or piping-hot cups of tea, coffees, cappuccinos and lattes. Available for eat in or takeout, open for breakfast and lunch Monday through Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. (297-1368) Located at 10 Dundonald Street in Hamilton, TEN is your best choice for homebrewed coffees, fresh and delicious salads, pastas, sandwiches, daily blackboard specials and homemade desserts for breakfast and lunch. And for dinner, join them for Bermuda’s best tapas, wines by the glass and cocktails. (295-0857; ten.bm) Wahoo’s Bistro & Patio is centrally located in the heart of St. George’s 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; wahoos.bm) Hungry? Washington Mall, in the heart of Hamilton, has a wide variety of dining options to suit all tastes and budgets. For a full dining experience, head to La Trattoria, one of the longest-standing Italian restaurants in Bermuda; or Beluga Bar, the upscale seafood and sushi restaurant with an innovative Asianinspired menu or Chatterbox Café which is the perfect meeting spot. If it’s a sweet treat you’re after, Sprinkles homemade ice cream and baked goods and Glaze doughnuts are sure to satisfy. In addition, the newly opened Eateries Food Court has a variety of options to suit the whole family. (washingtonmall.bm; Facebook: Washington Mall, Bermuda.) 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 specialities and incorporates bold new flavours. Fresh ingredients, unique preparation and award-winning service surrounded by warm furnishings are the hallmarks of the Waterlot Inn. Also experience the chic, 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. Subject to seasonal closures (238-8000; fairmont.com/southampton). For all other dining options at Fairmont Southampton, please visit their website at 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 at their inside or outside waterfront bar 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. (441- 297-1838; or visit whitehorsebermuda.com for specials, upcoming events and reservations) Wong’s Golden Dragon Restaurant, located on York Street, offers the most captivating, high-quality Chinese takeout food in the Town of St. George. The distinguished chef, Chunlee Wong, serves a fusion of Szechuan, Thai, Malaysian and Cantonese-style food, providing a rich pageant of the foremost seafood, meat and vegetarian meals. Check out their lunch and seasonal specials and their party-togo menu. Open Monday through Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. (297-0408; wongsgoldendragonbda.com)
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