New cafe opens at Aquarium
A new cafe has opened at the Bermuda Aquarium, Museum & Zoo allowing parents, tourists and members alike to enjoy some good eats and a breathtaking view of crystal clear waters.
The appropriately named Azu Beastro opened last month with a covered patio overlooking Harrington Sound and Trunk Island with a view towards Abbot’s Cliff.
Operated by Sara Masters and her catering company Flying Chef, which also runs Homer’s Café at Masterworks and Hamilton eatery Bouche, Azu Beastro offers a full lunch menu along with coffee and homemade snacks and pastries throughout the day. Homemade soups, quiches, pizzas, panini, salads and burgers are also on offer as well as a full range of kid-friendly items.
Once the weather warms up and the restaurant obtains its liquor licence, Azu Beastro, which can seat up to 36 and parties up to 50, will launch their dinner menu.
A Friday night happy hour will also be on tap. The cafe can host private parties for adults as well as birthday parties for children.
“It’s in a beautiful environment. The kids can play and the parents can relax,” said Ms Masters. “It’s a great way for parents to socialise and it’s a good place to decompress.”
For those who are fans of Homer’s Café gluten-free goodies, the full range will be available at Azu as well. Ardent coffee fans need not worry — the cappuccino machine is due to arrive very soon.
“So far, people seem to really like the chicken panini with Brie and apple chutney,” said Ms Masters, adding that the fish tacos, black bean burger and the seafood pizza are also proving popular. “It’s a wonderful venue and has a good vibe,” she added.
The idea for Azu Beastro was born six years ago but construction didn’t start until last year. The plan for the restaurant was part of the organisation’s original capital campaign plan.
“BAMZ has been looking to do this for quite some time, our membership has been asking for this for some time as well,” said Dr Ian Walker, principal curator. “We’re glad it’s finally finished and provides a place for members and visitors to come visit and stay for longer. We’re extremely appreciative to Bacardi Limited for their contribution to our capital campaign which has allowed this project to happen.”
Located adjacent to the BAMZ playground, the restaurant was built in a repurposed storage building that had been on the site since the 1940s. Tables are placed on the balcony as well as on the lower level closer to the playground. The facility is also wheelchair accessible.
“The idea was a family-friendly place for parents to come, relax and let the children play,” said Dr Walker, adding that the location provides a nice cool breeze even in the summer months. “You do get inspired looking at beautiful Harrington Sound.”
Though Azu Beastro has only been open mere weeks, the feedback from patrons has been swift and positive.
“So far the response has been excellent. We believe the cafe will really come into its own as the weather gets warmer,” said Dr Walker.
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