Hi everyone, back home now and had a splendid time enjoying once again the charming hospitality of the Bermudian people. We really liked staying in a private home (the guest suite) as opposed to a hotel and had some interesting culinary adventures.
I wish we had gone to Hamilton for dinner on our wedding anniversary instead of 64 Degrees but my husband really wanted to see Port Royal. His steak was frozen and I found it dry. The stuffing in my lobster tasted mouldy, but the tuna ceviche appetizer we shared was divine. My cheesecake dessert was leaden but my husband loved his molten chocolate cake.
I encounted the mould problem as well at Country Squire (I know, I was warned) on the breading of my fish sandwich and on my husband's fish and chips. I know humidity is a problem there but it should not be allowed to affect food. Hard to avoid, I suppose. Our waiter at 64 was charming and funny and went out of his way to make our meal enjoyable. He also warned us about Country Squire, but it was too late by then. He said "They have toothless people working up in there!"
We also ate at both Swizzles and enjoyed the friendly atmosphere at the bar in the south shore one, though we drank way too much Rum Swizzle. 'Swagger out' should be 'Stagger out'.
As for the Salt Rock Grill, it became our home away from home. I had some pretty good sushi two nights there andseared tuna on a bed of spinach salad another time. I've had better elsewhere but the atmosphere was friendly and relaxed and it was only a 20 minute walk or $10. cab fare from our accomodation. The owner was very accomodating and it's always nice to meet the local people.
The one place I did get to try in Hamilton and most heartily recommend is the sandwich shop, City Cafe, across from the bus terminal. We picked up sandwiches there several times on our way to the beach and they were fresh and ample every time. In fact, the first time we stopped there was upon arrival and I had one of the best Reuben sandwiches this side of Montreal. Of course, one doesn't go to Bermuda just to eat what we can get at home but how favourably it compared to the real thing impressed me mightily.
Oh, and yes, I did get to eat a really authentic and superbly delicious fish sandwich from Misty's Takeout in Somerset. You always know a place is good if the locals eat there.
It was a wonderful trip and we will be back.