I thought I’d pick up where I left off last week talking about my love affair with food, but before I continue with that I thought I’d share a few observations about wine (you thought I was going to say politics there didn’t you…). If you missed my post last week (part 1), you can view it here.
While of course there are no wineries in Bermuda (there is definitely no space for growing grapes here and I don’t think the soil or climate would be right either!), the variety of wine offered on the island has far exceeded my expectations. The supermarkets all stock international wines, including quite a few New Zealand labels. This was a shock in itself. As was the price. A pleasant shock. You can get decent bottle of Marlborough wine (e.g. Ara Single Estate) for under $20.
There’s an awesome wine importer/wholesaler on the island called Two Rock Wines which sources the best of the best wines (tried and tested by the owners themselves) from around the globe. Can you believe they even stocked one of our favourite NZ pinot noir wines for less than you can buy it at the cellar door at the winery itself in Martinborough, and about half of what you would pay for it at the supermarket in NZ… There is something very wrong with that! Aside from being able to go and see what wines they have in their funky wee warehouse (it’s hidden away like a lot of things in Bermuda so you would never know it’s there), they hold a Saturday Sip – featuring different wines or regions each week so you can go along and try before you buy. What’s not to like about that? The owners are particularly friendly and welcoming too.
While we’re on the topic of wine, we recently discovered Little Venice Wine Bar – a cosy spot with a massive wine list, more like a wine encyclopedia! I have a feeling we will be frequenting this a bit more over the coming months.
Afternoon tea is quite a popular tradition in Bermuda, this makes sense being an English overseas territory, but isn’t quite like the swanky high teas you would see in London. However, Sweet P offers high tea at the Bermuda Perfumery in St Georges which is gorgeous – it’s just missing the champagne! But you get a selection of sandwiches, scones, and cakes and tea of your choice. It was a rather cute experience. I believe some others, in particular hotels, offer similar experiences.
Tribe Road Kitchen is an urban eatery which serves up fresh and tasty Mexican fare in a casual space with cruisy outdoor area. They do some great salads and of course, the tacos, especially the pulled pork, are pretty darn good.
Many of Bermuda’s restaurants are attached to resorts and therefore are more aimed at tourists. And now that we are in the off season here, a lot of popular outdoor spots have closed their doors for a few months. This was quite a shock to us as places like 1609, The Dock at the Waterlot, Mickeys, etc were all great places to sit outside, watch the sunset and enjoy a beverage or two in the early evening. But now they are closed for the off season.
Next on my hit list are french bistro Bouchée for breakfast/brunch , Bolero Brasserie, Tempest in St George’s and Tom Moore’s Tavern for dinner. Oh and a curry and Ruby Murrays since the ‘cooler’ months are here, and the new Middle Eastern place Casablanca looks worth checking out too. I better up the exercise regime at this rate. My daily yoga or gym might not be enough!
After dinner and after dark, there a small number of places you can continue on for a drink or two. Many of these, in my opinion, are quite cheesy… Let’s take the Pickled Onion – I mean with a name like that you just imagine what it’s like… this is the kind of place where the dining tables are cleared out of the way to make way for a dance floor. A singer appears and sings some of the most tragic but catchy songs you’ve ever heard. But it’s a load of fun after a few cocktails. Another new place opened up recently, Bulli Social, which specialises in burgers but also have a great court yard and DJ for a chilled night. And let’s not forgot the renowned (in Bermuda) Will Black, who takes the stage at the Hog Penny, a cosy little pub, a few times a week – taking song requests from the crowd.
When I think of these restaurants, cafes and bars compared to back home, there really isn’t much of a comparison. I think New Zealand has many amazing cafes, bars and restaurants. I guess here, it’s all relative, but because it’s a small island and the options are limited, you can’t help but get into what’s here. And we’re only here for a limited time, so you feel a sense of needing to try them all! And I am honestly pleasantly surprised that there is the variety that there is. So perhaps in another few months I’ll do another update on news spots I’ve tried.
Kiwi in Bermuda