You don't come to Bermuda for grand cuisine. That said, there are quite a few places in which to enjoy a memorable meal.
- Tamarisk Dining Room (Sandys Parish; tel. 441/234-0331): This is an elegant enclave at the western tip of Bermuda. Housed in one of the island's premier accommodations, Cambridge Beaches, it offers excellent service and a frequently changing menu of impeccably prepared international cuisine. For your main course, you can't do better than juicy tenderloin of beef with grain mustard and blanched garlic sauce. The wine cellar is up to the high standards of the menu.
- Newport Room (Southampton Parish; tel. 441/238-8000): Part of the Fairmont Southampton Princess, this nautically decorated restaurant attracts an upscale crowd, especially yachters. The glistening teak decor makes it the most expensively furnished restaurant in Bermuda, and the French cuisine is worthy of the decor. The rack of lamb with mixed-nut crust is the stuff of which memories are made.
- Waterlot Inn (Southampton Parish; tel. 441/238-8000): In a historic inn and warehouse that's part of the Fairmont Southampton Princess, this restaurant serves the island's most famous Sunday brunch, but it's also an ideal choice for dinner. Everybody from Eleanor Roosevelt to Mark Twain has praised the Mediterranean cuisine.
- Ascots (City of Hamilton; Pembroke Parish; tel. 441/295-9644): In the Royal Palms Hotel, this restaurant specializes in a Continental menu that is mostly inspired by France and Italy, and does it exceedingly well. Classic techniques and first-rate ingredients are combined to make this one of the most enduring restaurants on the island.
- The Harbourfront Restaurant and Komodaru Sushi Lounge (City of Hamilton; Pembroke Parish; tel. 441/295-4207; diningbermuda.com): The most fashionable restaurant in Bermuda today attracts serious gastronomes eager to sample its take on savory Asian and Mediterranean cuisine. Its sushi bar is also one of the best on the island. The location is on the ground floor of the Bermuda Underwater Exploration Institute.
- Lobster Pot & Boat House Bar (City of Hamilton, Pembroke Parish; tel. 441/292-6898): If you don't find the local foodies at the restaurants discussed above, they'll surely be at this local favorite, enjoying some of the island's best regional dishes. Black rum and sherry peppers are the not-so-secret ingredients in the fish chowder, and baked fish and lobster are sure to tempt you.
- Silk (City of Hamilton, Pembroke Parish; tel. 441/295-0449; www.bermudasbestrestaurants.com): Some critics, including the discriminating readers of Condé Nast Traveler, are hailing Silk as the island's finest restaurant. After our most recent feast here, we're inclined to agree. Recipes are inspired by the ancient Kingdom of Siam (Thai, in other words).
- Tom Moore's Tavern (Hamilton Parish; tel. 441/293-8020; www.tommoores.com): The Irish poet Tom Moore reportedly was a frequent visitor to this restaurant, which dates from 1652 and overlooks Walsingham Bay. The menu, however, is no relic -- it's quite innovative. Duck is a specialty, as is Bermuda lobster; but who can forget the quail in puff pastry stuffed with foie gras?
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