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RESTAURANT OF THE WEEK
This was, by far, the most upscale and "hoity toity" restaurant we sampled while in Bermuda and it's unlike me to say this, but it was our favorite. Usually I prefer more "down home" places where the locals dine. And I do not judge a restaurant by the price. But this place was just perfect in every way.
This restaurant is part of the Fairmont Southampton Princess Hotel but you'd never know it because it's a "stand alone" restaurant reached by hotel guests by a little blue trolley in a journey that takes about five minutes. The restaurant is located at the ferry dock where the hotel's own free ferry transports guests between their two properties--the Fairmont Southampton Princess and the Fairmont Hamilton Princess in Hamilton. More on that arrangement later in this review.
As you can see from the sign above, this place has been around for a couple of years! Not that I care but this restaurant has hosted hundreds of VIP diners over the years including Mark Twain and Eleanor Roosevelt. The service is absolutely impeccable but not stuffy. And you'll find your server friendly and helpful.
As with most meals on the island, I started the meal out with a cup of Bermuda fish chowder. As always, it was laced with a little sherry pepper sauce and black rum and it was delicious. It was the best Bermuda fish chowder I had during our stay. My wife skipped the starters and ordered a bottle of Pellegrino water (at $9).
For my main course I selected the 22 ounce Porterhouse. I stressed that I wanted it very rare. Our server asked if cool center would be okay and I told him that would be perfect. And that's exactly the way it came to the table. My wife ordered a large rib eye cooked rare and she was very happy with her selection. Both steaks were very, very good. Everything is ala carte here and we split an order of garlic mashed potatoes. They, too, were quite good. Rich and buttery.
For dessert my wife got an incredibly rich Brule and loved it.
The entire experience on a scale of one to ten was a fifteen! Again, I usually don't go for upper crust type restaurants but this one measured up in every way and I highly recommend it to you during your stay in Bermuda.
Guests staying at the Fairmont Hamilton Princess can take the hotel's free ferry right to this restaurant which is a stand-alone restaurant at the Fairmont Southampton Princess Hotel. If you're going back to the Hamilton Princess after dinner you'll have to take a taxi (about $20). Just follow the Southampton Princess guests as you leave the restaurant. Grab a blue trolley at the trolley stop across the street and take that back to the hotel. There you can grab a cab back into Hamilton.
Even if you're not staying at one of the Fairmont properties, we highly recommend that you include the Waterlot Inn as part of your Bermuda dining experience. This is truly one of the best restaurants we have ever enjoyed in the entire world.
Dinner tab without alcohol was $146. The hotel has a brief web page on this outstanding restaurant here.
ADDITIONAL BERMUDA RESTAURANT REVIEWS:
Freeport Seafood Restaurant - Royal Naval Dockyards