A walk in The Cloud: cashless new eatery opens up on the roof
Bermuda’s newest restaurant has a roof with a view.
The Cloud at The Waterfront is located atop Wellesley House South at 90 Pitts Bay Road in Pembroke, up the stairs from Miles Market.
The 3,000sq ft restaurant features a huge outdoor terrace as well as indoor seating and a covered indoor/outdoor space for a total capacity of more than 100 people.
William Cox, chief executive of The Waterfront Group, said: “There are not many places you can get on a rooftop in Bermuda.”
He added that The Cloud “ties into the company’s overall vision. We have positioned ourselves as a lifestyle company”.
Mr Cox said: “Look at what is happening in the neighbourhood. It is becoming a place to be, and we wanted to create alternative dining spots for people in the area.
“We didn’t want to compete with Harry’s, or duplicate any of the restaurants in the area.”
The licensed venue, which opened to the public at the beginning of the month after serving tenants in the building during December, opens for breakfast from 8am, lunch from 11.30am and offers a bar bites menu from 4-8pm.
The Cloud began a weekly brunch service on Saturday.
The restaurant will launch a dinner service with a one-night event having a set menu with wine pairings on February 12 before offering three and five-course dinners beginning on February 16.
With more than 1,000 people working in Wellesley House South and three adjacent office buildings that are part of The Waterfront complex, Mr Cox said he expects the breakfast service to attract members of the insurance brokerage community.
A varied lunch menu features a range of salads, grain bowls, a daily soup, entrées featuring salmon, steak and risotto, as well as sandwiches — but they’re not the standard fare.
Sandwiches include roasted Portobello mushroom, mojo roast pork on egg bread, breaded and fried Akaushi beef on Japanese milk bread, lobster roll and a caprese sandwich with prosciutto.
Brunch choices include eggs benedict, breakfast lobster poutine, crab cake Florentine, prawn and feta omelette, as well as pancakes, porridge, salads and sandwiches.
The executive chef is James Wambui, a Kenyan national who most recently plied his craft for two years at Huckleberry restaurant at The Rosedon hotel.
Mr Cox said: “He has a fantastic palate, a very adventurous cooking style.
“He did a test as part of the interview process, and it was off the charts. It was extraordinary, capturing the seasonal essences.”
Six of the eight staff, who alternate between The Cloud and Harry’s as part of Miles Restaurants, are Bermudian, Mr Cox said.
Restaurant development co-ordinator Kristen Rego, who returned to the island last year from a position in London with the Leon Restaurant chain, manages the day-to-day food and beverage operations at The Cloud.
Jason Pope, formerly of Burrows Lightbourn, has come aboard as spirits business development manager. He is working on a WSET level four advanced wine qualification.
Mr Cox said: “There has been a huge influx of fantastic, young local talent who are well versed and have returned to Bermuda. A young, innovative group has come in and created a vibe in the organisation.”
The space became available for redevelopment last June, with renovations starting in August.
The work was completed by Bermuda Interiors, Horsfield Landscaping, Universal Electric, H and H Plumbing and The Waterfront Group’s in-house teams.
Mr Cox said: “It has been a pretty quick turnaround. It is kind of what we do for a living — we have got some good contractors around.”
The Cloud also offers four soundproofed “Zoom rooms” for meetings, featuring full audio/visual capabilities, as well as a private dining room.
Mr Cox said the restaurant provides The Waterfront Group with an alternative space in case inclement weather rules out an event scheduled for Hawkins Island.
The Cloud, which does not accept cash payments, is open from Monday to Friday from 8am until 8pm, and Saturdays for brunch service from 9am until 3pm.
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