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Sumptuous feast that’s filled with ‘wows’ and ‘yums’

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When offered a free dinner at Rosewood Tucker's Point Restaurant The Point, most people would think twice before turning it down. This is one of Bermuda's most upscale restaurants.

Some people might wonder though, is the place really all it's cracked up to be? Is this high-end restaurant worth the long drive (for west enders) and the big bucks?

I recently sampled the new menu at The Point and found that it is in fact worth it. If you are looking for somewhere to have a special high-end dinner, this might be the place.

The Point, which is located inside the hotel, recently overhauled their culinary concept, taking inspiration from the murals that decorate the restaurant walls. The murals depict landscapes from the ten different global ports of entry that Pan Am has had in its long transportation history. The new menu takes inspiration from this idea and has spiced its food with different cultural influences. Tucker's Point calls this new concept 360-degree cuisine. Main courses ranged from Berkshire Pork to Alaskan Black Cod to the local catch of the day, among other things.

“The new Point culinary identity is reflected in the seasonality of the menus by creating a well-balanced offering according to the availability of ingredients from Bermuda and the United States,” said Guido Brambilla, Executive Chef at Rosewood Tucker's Point. “Particular attention is given to the freshness and lightness of dishes by using modern techniques and limiting saturated fat with a special focus on sensitive diners requirements.”

My husband and I sampled the a tasters' menu. Waiters discretely asked about any food allergies and seemed very good at handling my culinary curveballs, no beans or eggs.

The waiters were relaxed, but attentive to a fault, and friendly.

The meal began with Georges Bank Scallops with watermelon sashimi. Pickled ginger gave the dish a little kick. This appetiser was paired with champagne. It was a great way to start a meal.

It was followed by pasta taglione, mussels, arugula with a lemon pasta saffron sauce. This one was delicious. My husband actually tried to recreate it at home, but unfortunately was not nearly so successful. It was paired with Chablis.

The Executive Sous Chef, Gerry Adams, seemed most proud of the next dish, rockfish wrapped in bacon paired with potato gatto with morels (mushrooms) and salad paired with a light Pinot Noir. We actually weren't that bowled over by this dish. Anything tastes good with bacon wrapped it, I'll admit, but it didn't have the wow factor of the other dishes. On its own, if you hadn't tasted the other dishes, then maybe this dish would be fabulous.

What we really liked was the amaretto crusted lamb loin. It comes with an eggplant cream and olive jus. Normally, it would also have had butter beans, but because of my food allergies there were no beans. (I didn't miss them.) This one was our all around favourite. Two words to describe it: ‘wow' and ‘yum'. I would have taken the plate up and licked the sauce if I thought the preppy crowd handle that. As it was, I had to content myself with scraping up every last shred of sauce. This one was paired very nicely with a Bordeaux blend.

Desserts can be a little tricky if you have an egg allergy, but The Point staff once again came through, offering a very long and delicious strip of chocolate and hazelnut ganache, sorbet and fruit paired with a muscat that had the flavour of peaches.

If you're thinking, ‘how much is this going to set me back', appetisers ranged from $14 to $19 and main courses from $38 to $42. For a less expensive menu, The Tucker's Bar at The Point has a menu that includes West Indian spiced beef stew, cassava bites and jerk shrimp caesar, among other dishes. Dishes ranged in price from $9 to $27.

Delicious amaretto crumb lamb loin at The Point.
House Smoked Salmon At The Point Restaurant at Rosewood Tucker's Point.

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Published May 16, 2014 at 9:00 am (Updated May 15, 2014 at 6:42 pm)

Sumptuous feast that’s filled with ‘wows’ and ‘yums’

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