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RESTAURANT OF THE WEEK
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WHALER INN
FAIRMONT SOUTHAMPTON PRINCESS HOTEL
SOUTHAMPTON, BERMUDA

We deliberated on where to celebrate our final meal in Bermuda and the Whaler Inn got our vote.  It was the only restaurant on the island that we patronized twice during our visit.


STAIRS TO THE WHALER INN - OUTSIDE DINING TOOK PLACE UNDER THE BLUE UMBRELLAS

Technically this restaurant is a part of the Fairmont Southampton Princess Hotel but it feels more like a stand-alone establishment.  To get there you take a blue trolley from the hotel.  The restaurant sits right over the hotel's private beach and affords nice views of the pretty Atlantic.


PRETTY BEACH VIEWS FROM THE WHALER INN

During our first visit here, we ate outside.  The next time we got the "next available table" which turned out to be inside.  I don't know if you can specify inside or outside when you make your reservation.  You might want to check on that.


MOST PLEASANT TERRACE SETTING WITH THE SUN SETTING


INSIDE DINING - STILL QUITE PLEASANT

During our first visit I started out with a cup of the Bermuda fish chowder laced, of course, with sherry pepper sauce and black rum and it was delicious.  My wife declined on a starter.

For my main course I got something called the Bermuda fish triangle, or something like that.  It even came on a triangular shaped plate.  It was a combination of fresh tuna cooked very rare, fresh salmon and a sugar cane skewer of a scallop and shrimp.  Each came with a special sauce and it was a great choice!


BERMUDA FISH TRIANGLE OR SOMETHING LIKE THAT!

For her main course my wife opted for the fresh Atlantic sea bass and it was excellent, too.


ATLANTIC SEA BASS - QUITE GOOD

My wife had a rich cheesecake for dessert and I sipped coffee.

Four second and final meal I went with a deep fried Jonah crab cake to start and it was wonderful.  My wife had an unusual local soup that, as I recall, had puréed bananas and pumpkin in it.  Different but good.

For my main course I chose the special of the day -- fresh Atlantic cod with a fancy, smancy sauce.  I can't identify all the ingredients in the sauce but one of the sauces was hollandaise.  While good, the sauce overpowered the fish and the only way I KNEW it was cod and fresh cod was by the texture and the way it flaked.  My wife ordered local rockfish with a simple sauce and she was very pleased.

Once again I nursed a cup of coffee to end the meal while my wife had an extremely rich and sinful Brulee. 


I CAN'T BELIEVE SHE ATE THE WHOLE THING!

The service was a bit varied on our two nights there.  On our first visit dining outside we had a wonderful female server who kept up with our needs but didn't rush us.  On the final visit dining inside we had some dude with a thick foreign accent who practically threw the food on the table.

This was a very nice dining experience and since we were staying at the hotel it was nice to avoid paying a cab fare to get there.  However if you're staying somewhere else on the island we'd highly suggest that you eat the taxi cost and enjoy this wonderful restaurant.

The tab with wine came to $135 on the first visit and escalated to $167 on the final feast.

The hotel restaurant web site is here.

ADDITIONAL BERMUDA RESTAURANT REVIEWS:

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