New St George’s restaurant offers Bermudian fare by the water
There’s a new place to eat and enjoy harbour views in St George’s, and it is being led by chef Richard Burchall, who famously created the all-beef Johnny Dog.
Munchies by the Sea has opened on the waterfront, at the far end of the former Limelight Lounge building, on the section of Water Street east of King’s Square.
It has a brand new kitchen, and an ordering and serving counter that faces onto an open-air private patio with small tables and sunshades where customers can pick their seat and enjoy the views.
The vibe is relaxed and casual, there is no waiter service. Munchies offers a menu of Bermudian cuisine, including fish sandwiches and fish nuggets, shepherds pie, macaroni and cheese, peas and rice, and chicken.
There are also shrimp bakes and fish bakes, and vegetarian, chicken, and apple patties made with Johnny bread.
In addition, different days will feature different specials.
Mr Burchall, who many people know by his second name Cain, has previously been head chef at the Black Horse Tavern, and spent six years at Wahoo’s Bistro & Patio. He also ran Sunset Catering.
The ambition to open a waterside eatery took three years to turn into a reality. Mr Burchall and his wife DeVeene (Hollis) Burchall are proud of what they have created with Munchies by the Sea, and they were encouraged by pre-opening feedback.
Mrs Burchall said: “We had a test run, and only told family and a few friends. It got onto Facebook and we were overrun.”
The demand was so high that Munchies had to quickly restock. Mr Burchall said: “We had overwhelming support from the local people, and from people across the island. The phone was ringing off the hook.”
The patio courtyard at Munchies is brightly painted, with handmade signs on the wall. Wooden pallets have been expertly repurposed into casual tables.
It also has convenient access for anyone out on the water who feels hungry. Boats can pull up alongside the patio to pick up a meal or snack.
The Burchalls did the renovating and decorating to get Munchies ready. They hope there will be strong interest from locals, and from tourists when they return in numbers to the island.
“There’s plenty of space to sit out here [on the patio], and we have a big car park right outside,” Mr Burchall said.
With the St Regis hotel due to open in May, the Burchalls hope some of its guests will stop by to taste Bermudian fare and enjoy the waterside ambience.
Mrs Burchall added: “We have people who come out from the other side of the island and they relax and sit here. Bermudians love to do that, especially if they know there is also good quality food.”
Munchies is open Thursdays, Friday and Saturdays from 11.30am to midnight. On Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays the closing time is 10.30pm. It is also open on Sunday mornings from 8am to noon.