Guide to Bermuda’s international cuisine
By Andrea Milam on 8th December, 2017
Bermuda might be a small, isolated island, but the restaurant offering is as vast as can be imagined, with a wide range of international cuisine from far-flung corners of the globe.
Marcus’, Hamilton Princess & Beach Club
Visitors to Bermuda benefit from the skills of the island’s world-class chefs who have trained at top culinary schools, bringing their considerable restaurant experience to Bermuda to the delight of diners.
Restaurants with menus specializing in dishes from England, Africa, Asia, Latin America, and more invite you to sample global cuisines. All tastes and budgets are catered to here, whether you’re looking for a top-notch fine dining experience or a casual meal in a relaxed setting. Bermuda offers dining establishments for every occasion from business to pleasure to romance to celebration. The island’s high-end restaurants offer an unmatched air of sophistication, while modest venues serve up generous portions at prices that won’t break the bank.
Across the board, Bermuda’s unique local ingredients add a special freshness and distinctiveness to restaurant menus. As you’d expect from an island in the middle of the ocean, the seafood in Bermuda is exceptional. A number of seafood specialities are available throughout the year including wahoo, tuna, rockfish, red snapper and mussels, as well as local lobster which is available from September through to March.
We’ve rounded up some of our favorite international restaurants that are guaranteed to please…
Marcus’, Hamilton Princess & Beach Club
Marcus Samuelsson’s signature restaurant at the Hamilton Princess & Beach Club, Marcus’, has a diverse, exciting menu that features his signature style of globally-influenced cuisine, while highlighting Bermuda’s fresh local ingredients and rich Caribbean, British, and Portuguese heritage.
Located in the Hamilton Princess & Beach Club, Marcus’ offers panoramic views of beautiful Hamilton Harbor from the nearly 360-degrees of windows and terraces. In addition, an open kitchen and central bar create a very inviting environment. Works by Andy Warhol, Liu Ye, and Nelson Mandela, among others, decorate the walls.
Marcus’ menu features dishes like the Obama’s Short Rib for Two, Aleppo Honey-Glazed Salmon, Deviled Rooster Eggs, and the very popular Lenox Smash Burger. Additional dishes pay tribute to Bermudian culture like the Fish Chowder Bites. Marcus’ offers live entertainment on Tuesdays with Latin nights and on Thursdays with reggae nights. It’s not unusual to find visiting artists from overseas at the restaurant. A small late-night menu is available for night owls.
Visit: Hamilton Princess & Beach Club, 76 Pitts Bay Road, Hamilton
Book: 441-295-3000 / 441-298-2028 | www.thehamiltonprincess.com
Beau Rivage Restaurant
Beau Rivage Restaurant
Beau Rivage at the Newstead Belmont Hills Golf Resort & Spa offers authentic French cuisine in a beautiful Bermuda setting. An extensive, award-winning collection of international wines complements the selection of lunch and dinner dishes, which beautifully meld intriguing flavors with the best local ingredients Bermuda has to offer. Start your meal with the perfectly crispy yet tender calamari frits, and for a true taste of the island, the rockfish fillet is a divine main course. Finish off your evening with the classic French dessert crème brûlée—there’s a different flavor each day.
Visit: 27 Harbor Road, Paget
Tucked into a narrow alleyway in Hamilton, this bistro has a sense of secrecy, where those “in the know” come to gather over favorites like pork cheek and snail saute, squid ink linguine, or chickpea croquettes. But it’s safe to say that the word is out about this neighborhood eatery, which has been a lively, bustling, friendly hub for a decade now. Since its opening in 2007, Bolero Brasserie has earned several Best of Bermuda and TripAdvisor awards, and has been featured in numerous local publications.
Executives clad in business suits dine next to locals in casual attire at Bolero Brasserie, whose good food and friendly, efficient service attract customers from all walks of life. The dishes at this warm and charming venue reflect typical brasserie fare with an extensive menu that changes frequently throughout the year with the exception of Bolero classics, loved by regulars and first-time visitors alike.
Visit: 95 Front Street, Hamilton
Book: 441-292-4507 | www.bolerobrasserie.com
Henry VIII restaurant
Discover a unique atmosphere of old English charm at Henry VIII. A true favorite of locals and tourists alike, Henry’s has been one of Bermuda’s premier restaurants for more than 40 years. As you enjoy breathtaking views of Bermuda’s South Shore, Henry’s vast menu of sumptuous delights tantalizes your taste buds. The executive chef has created an extensive menu using the freshest and best quality ingredients like Certified Angus Beef. Menu selections vary from traditional English and European cuisine to seafood and Bermuda’s freshly caught local fish. Their famous Bermuda fish chowder is not to be missed. If sushi is your choice, sample the many wonderful dishes created by Henry’s talented sushi chefs. Henry’s outdoor terrace is a beautiful setting for savoring a meal while enjoying the spectacular scenery. Unwind with Henry’s daily happy hour in their Oak Room Pub or come later in the evening for dancing to top-notch entertainment. On Sundays, Bermuda’s best Sunday brunch is served at Henry’s and it is an incredible value.
Visit: 69 South Road, Southampton
Book: 441-238-1977 | www.henrys.bm
House of India
For more than two decades, this quintessential Indian restaurant has been recognized for its commitment to traditional Indian cuisine with an enduring emphasis on culture and service. House of India chefs take immense pride in their ingredients, using only the finest spices, roasted in-house, and even preparing their own blend of garam masala. Everything is cooked fresh and all sauces are made from scratch. First-time customers quickly become repeat guests, whether local or visitor, when they taste House of India’s prized chicken tikka masala cooked in a creamy cashew tomato-based sauce. The restaurant also specializes in mouthwatering tandoor charcoal-style cooking, where marinated chicken and fish or shrimp kebabs are prepared to perfection. The lamb chops are simply sumptuous.
House of India’s chefs will accommodate all special dietary needs; choose from more than 50 aromatic curries in various styles and heat profiles from all regions of India. Accompany these with amazing breads or family garlic naan washed down with ice cold Indian Kingfisher beer, a cocktail, or a selection from their varied wine list. This warm cozy restaurant showcases Indian decor of bright silks and traditional artwork, resulting in a vibrant atmosphere that’s the perfect complement to the rich aromas that excite your senses and tantalize your taste buds.
Read more: Eight beautiful Instagram worthy places on Bermuda