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“Oasis in Bermudian Food Desert”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Island Cusine

Island Cusine
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Diner, Caribbean, International
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Good for: Kids, Dining on a budget, Families with children
Dining options: Lunch, Brunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff
Brooklyn, New York
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18 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
“Oasis in Bermudian Food Desert”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 7, 2013

Don't let the unassuming front of this local diner fool you. Inside is true "island cuisine" cooked with flair and some downhome love. The mashed pumpkin, jerk chicken, and roti were all amazing. Impeccably spiced and and not too heavy. There is also more standard diner fare for those who want egg salad, burgers, etc. We tried some of the fancy, overpriced options in Bermuda and happily came back here again. The waitresses are friendly, the service is fast, and the atmosphere is casual. (Spend 3 days dining in Bermuda and you'll see why these are such valuable commodities.) Oh, and don't forget to stop by Scoops Ice Cream next door for an after dinner scoop of rum raisin! :)

Visited May 2013
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English first
Calgary, Canada
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50 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
“A great place to grab lunch!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 16, 2013 via mobile

- Two bus stops from Fairmont Southampton (FSH) towards Hamilton (make sure you get a bus pass)
- In the next building to "The Marketplace" grocery mart in Southampton (good to get groceries here is you're staying at FSH). See photo.
- locals come here and we found them friendly as usual
- it's not fancy inside but clean and comfortable.
- no automatic gratuity here
- no Internet

The Atmosphere. Diner type atmosphere. Nothing amazing.

I had the chicken curry roti ($19) and my wife had the chicken burger with fries. They serve Rockfish and Snapper (it's about $35) but we didn't have it but I know people at our hotel were looking for it and this'd be how the locals do it.

The food. This is as local as it probably gets here! The curried chicken roti wrap was something I've never had before. It had more of a Caribbean curry flavor and an east Indian curry flavour. The roti wasn't anything like an Indian roti but something like a crepe or thin pancake. My wife's chicken burger was breaded and nothing more special than what you usually find at a diner. The taste of both items was good.

Overall we probably would go there again. It's more of a lunch place than a dinner place.

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263 reviews
174 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 116 helpful votes
“Decent but nothing special”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 5, 2012

We took a cab here from the Fairmont Southampton. Its basically just diner food nothing special. Everything was perfectly sufficient, but I didn't feel the need to go back. It is cheaper than eating at your hotel , but when you add in the taxi both ways it does add up. hard to catch a taxi back, we ended up walking.

Visited November 2012
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Oxfordshire, United Kingdom
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82 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
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“Great food at a great price”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 29, 2012

We were within walking distance of Island Cuisine and ate there twice during our week in Bermuda. The hosts at our Inn shared with us that it's a favorite place for taxi drivers which is generally a good sign that the food is good and the price is reasonable.

The Fish and Chips were delicious and are actually battered and prepared fresh in the restaurant (a lot of other places were using frozen fish when we asked). My husband had the Jerk Chicken and loved it. On our second visit we had a pasta with chicken dish and Shepherd's Pie-both delicious.

If you are lucky enough to get one of the tables against the back wall, you will also have a nice view of a small waterway and boats.

This was one of the most affordable places we ate while in Bermuda. Most entrees cost $17-$20. And there is an ice cream shop next door called Scoops if you want an inexpensive dessert:)

  • Visited September 2012
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Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
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17 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Great takeaway lunch”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 19, 2012

We stopped here for a take out lunch and the menu options are vast and very difficult to choose from! It's got some seats inside and seemed very popular with the locals. The Philly chicken sandwich was very good.

Visited June 2012
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