“10 out of 10. Would be go back? YES!!! In fact, we are going back tomorrow, that's how good it was!”
When you visit somewhere new (in this case Bermuda) for just three or four nights and have no idea where to eat, it's really hard to knock one out of the ballpark (to coin an American phrase) and find a restaurant you can rave about. In my opinion, the most you can hope for is good food without paying a fortune, where you don't feel ripped off. Unfortunately in Bermuda, it is pricey to eat out in most establishments, particularly when it comes to the waterfront area in Hamilton (Front Street) - it's prime real estate, great waterviews, so you can appreciate why the restaurants demand and get top dollar.
In town for four nights only, we asked for recommendations from everyone we met - other guests at our hotel, front desk personnel, taxi drivers, friends, people on the plane etc. and got a host of recommendations, some on Front Street, some not - from The Lobster Pot, The Swizzle (not on Front Street) The Pickled Onion, Port O Call, Hog Penny Pub, Little Venice, etc., so what my poor long suffering husband (whose main goal in life really is quite simple - to make his wife happy and to have a drink with his dinner ;-)) and I did was walk up and down Front Street in Hamilton, and look at every menu of every restaurant that was recommended. They all seemed very expensive and overpriced (up to $28 for fish and chips, $45 for a simple piece of fish) and most of them did not have many vegetarian dishes. I do eat fish maybe four times a year, but otherwise I am vegetarian and don't eat meat or chicken - so I really struggled to find something that I thought I would like - something simple like pasta or risotto or vegetables - they were all primarily meat, chicken and fish.
Halfway through our search, we happened across a sandwich board for Angelo's Bistro which pointed us down a brightly lit alley towards a staircase, at the top of which was a small restaurant and a courtyard with some colored fairy-lights attached to a trellis around some tables - not a high class scene, but it certainly was enticing and different from everything else we'd seen on Front Street. As we were only halfway through our search, we looked at the menu (I spied a few great vegetarian options), and we said hello to the waiter who popped his head around the door to greet us, but left to finish our tour of Front Street.
After we'd looked at every single restaurant menu on Front Street and up some side streets, we decided that there was something rather charming about Angelo's, something that called us back - the menu was quite wide ranging, interesting without being over complicated, and the prices were very reasonable - so we retraced our steps and went back.
All I can say was that it was the best decision we had made. What an absolute gem!!!! Not only was the service absolutely first class - warm, welcoming, efficient, and completely unpretentious, but the food was an unexpected surprise. It exceeded our expectations so much that we were almost speechless (only for a short while - I found my speech again with the help of a rum swizzle).
My husband ordered the Wahoo on a bed of creamy shrimp and spring pea risotto - the risotto was absolutely hands-down one of the best risotto dishes either of us has ever had. It was creamy, luxurious, full of flavor without being salty, and perfectly paired with the wahoo. I ordered the ravioli with sweetcorn, goat cheese and toasted almonds, and the flavors were very well developed and subtle, just delicious. The crunch of the almonds with the softness of the ravioli was superb.
The waitstaff were outstanding - they could not have been more attentive and genuinely interested in what they could do for you - my husband dropped his knife on the floor and literally within 3 seconds a new one had been handed to him. It seemed as though both waiters took individual pride in the restaurant and the food and the service - like they all owned it (when I know they didn't) - it was so refreshing and unexpected that when Angelo, the owner, came by to see how we were doing, we couldn't help but enthuse for ten minutes at least about the entire experience and how wonderful it had been.
The restaurant itself is more of a converted diner than a fine-dining restaurant, but it has been nicely renovated and importantly has been kept simple - it's clean, fresh, nicely decorated and welcoming. It's not on the main Front Street strip but just through a short arcade/alley, there isn't an expansive (read: expensive) water view or high end, complicated fine-dining decor - it's just simple, comfortable, warm and welcoming - with excellent cuisine. We felt completely relaxed there - home away from home - what more can you ask for? The cuisine rivals the finest in any restaurant we have dined in around the world, without any question.
The menu prices were very reasonable - the menu itself was extensive and the food pairings were very sophisticated but at the same time simple - the risotto was the most wonderful comfort food on a cold night, exactly what we needed and it was outstanding. I added some of my toasted almonds to my husband's risotto and that added another dimension to it- a bit of crunch to a creamy dish - and we both loved it.
Angelo was absolutely charming, a restauranteur who clearly is experienced in fine dining and exceeding guest expectations - he really cares about the guest experience - not just as a business owner, but as a lover of food and wine and provider of hospitality - he knows how to make you feel welcome, a class act.
It had been surprising that nobody had recommended Angelo's to us, but Angelo explained that he has only been open for dinner for the past three or four months, whereas prior to that, he had been open for breakfast and lunch only. Just don't be put off when you see the sandwich board directing you to his restaurant - it doesn't really give you any indication of the genuine warmth, flavors and food quality of the restaurant - once you go, you will be back.
We are only in town for two more nights, sadly only two more nights to dine out. Guess where we are going to go tomorrow night? Yes, Angelo's Bistro - that's how good it was. It's closed on Sundays or else we would most likely eat there on Sunday as well. Tomorrow, most likely will have exactly the same meal that we had tonight - it was perfection. Thank you Angelo, kudos to you and your staff for such a superb experience.
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