When celebrity chef Marcus Samuelsson, a winner of Top Chef: Masters, opened this chic harbor front restaurant in 2017, he ushered in a new standard of fine dining in Bermuda. Not only did he raise the bar, he effortlessly leaped over it.
Start your experience at the bar, behind which large floor-to-ceiling windows allow natural light and harbor views to pour in through airy shelves filled with craft rums and other high-end spirits. Cocktails here are over-the-top fabulous, crafted by skillfull bartenders using fresh, house made ingredients (like their very own cilantro syrup in the Collie Buddz Collins, a vodka highball named for Bermuda’s biggest reggae star with lemon juice, muddled cucumber and elderflower tonic).
When you’re ready to sit down, grab a table inside so you can watch the chefs in the open kitchen work their magic. (There’s also outdoor seating with views of mega yachts in the Princess Marina, but we prefer dinner and a show). And now starts the parade of smartly-dressed waiters, a crew who are attentive, knowledgeable and well-trained in the art of hospitality—a hallmark of Samuelsson’s restaurants worldwide. They’ll talk you through the seasonally-changing lineup of locally-sourced foods. Marcus’ brings bold flavors to Caribbean-style southern cuisine, like such appetizers as cornbread madeleines with honey butter and tomato jam; crispy buttermilk cauliflower with sesame mayo; and fish chowder bites with Gosling’s black rum aioli, every bit the essence of the traditional Bermuda stew. Main courses dazzle, too, with favorites like the Sinky Bay snapper—local catch cooked in a whole banana leaf with cucumber and coconut curry sauce—and the Seafood Bermuda Triangle, a playful spin on paella with a small local lobster called guinea chick. You may want to return to the bar after the meal: Marcus’ features live reggae well into the night on Thursday, Friday and Saturdays. Tip: The Sunday champagne brunch is one of the best on Bermuda, and requires reservations well in advance.