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RESTAURANT OF THE WEEK
A PERSONAL REVIEW OF RESTAURANTS AROUND THE WORLD

HENRY VIII
SOUTHAMPTON, BERMUDA

We were told that this was "the" place for Sunday brunch so we phoned ahead and made reservations.  The doors opened noon and we were quickly seated.  Before we knew it, the place was full.  It's a good thing I made reservations!

The cab ride to this establishment from our nearby hotel wasn't too steep, only about $8.  But still add an extra $16 onto the cost the meal and you're talking a pretty expensive feast.


HENRY VIII - PERCHED ON A HILL OVERLOOKING THE ATLANTIC (MID LEFT OF PICTURE)

As we waited to be seated a thundering crowd began to gather in the upstairs banquet room.  There must have been 40 people and all dressed up.  I'm not sure whether it was a graduation celebration, wedding reception, retirement or what.  Fortunately we were seated and got our food before the big crowd descended upon the spread causing a humongous traffic jam.

The spread looked excellent.  Right off the bat we saw a selection of fruits, loads of cold cuts, salads, and a raw bar featuring freshly shucked oysters, shrimp, and rock crab claws.

There was a carver there to slice off chunks of roast beef and ham. Other main selections included sweet and sour shrimp, native mussel pie, chicken baked with some sort of sauce, Asian noodles, and rockfish almondine.

The salads were quite good.  The shrimp and crab claws, while most assuredly frozen and thawed out, were good, too.  I wasn't in the mood for oysters that day so I can't vouch for them although they looked fresh.

The chicken was tough and dried out.  The Asian noodles were good but not all that flavorful.  The sweet and sour shrimp was quite good.  The rockfish, in my opinion, was awful.  It was odoriferous (not as in "gone bad" but as in, well, "fishy"), dry and lifeless.  The big hit with me was the local mussel pie.  Loaded with small mussels topped with a crust and a rich and fabulous tasting "gravy."  Even people who don't like mussels would love this dish.  I didn't try the roast beef or ham but my wife did and said the beef was cooked extremely well done (I prefer it very rare) and she said the ham was good.

I was thirsty during this visit and ordered diet coke and went through four of them.  There are no refills in Bermuda and while these diet cokes were small, probably 5 ounces or 6 at the most, the tab for the four sodas alone was $14 bucks!

They had a fabulous cheese board for dessert that probably offered 7 or 8 different cheeses, all very good.  And while I didn't partake of dessert, my wife hit that room several times and proclaimed it outstanding.

Overall we enjoyed our experience here and the selection of items was very impressive.  Tab with tip was $77 not including the $16 cab ride.

If you'd like to visit their web site, go here.

ADDITIONAL BERMUDA RESTAURANT REVIEWS:

Freeport Seafood Restaurant - Royal Naval Dockyards
Hog Penny Restaurant & Pub - Hamilton
Lobster Pot - Hamilton
Pickled Onion - Hamilton
Portofino - Hamilton
Swizzle Inn - Hamilton Parish (Near the Airport)
Tio Pepe - Southampton
Waterlot Inn - Southampton
Whaler Inn - Southampton
White Horse Tavern - St. George