Victoria Grill Bermuda
$$, Southern Coastal
Update: Victoria Grill has closed down.
This is a relatively new restaurant in Hamilton City. Actually it'll be wrong to say it's new. There was another restaurant here Latin
which has been converted into a new one with new Executive Chef, new menu and some tweaking of the interior. It belongs to the same Island Restaurant Group (IRG) which also owns several other great restaurants in the island and owned Latin too.
So basically the theme has been changed. The restaurant also has couple of other sections - The Rumbar which is a cocktail lounge with an open courtyard and a take away coffee shop Java Jive.
Both these sections were existing earlier, they have been retained as they were, only the main dining area has gone through changes. The main restaurant Victoria Grill is located upstairs and has two sections in itself - an inside dining area which can accommodate 50 persons, and an outside covered veranda open from the sides and overlooking street and the courtyard below. The verandah has a seating capacity of 70.
One great stuff we noticed here that both the open courtyard and the open sides of the veranda have retractable covers that can be quickly deployed to protect against rain or inclement weather. Both the roof cover of the courtyard and side covers of the balcony are automatically operated.
The Restaurant Victoria Grill
With a mix of private tables, upholstered booths in the inside dining room, and cushioned wicker arm chairs, the restaurant looks friendly yet quite comfortable and elegant. The award winning Executive Chef Derek Myers specializes in Southern Coastal comfort food. The manager of the restaurant - Kevin Rhyno, a lively and helpful man further complements the overall friendliness and the ambience.
We like the way the menu is arranged. 'A Few Bites' options offer smaller portions for those who would like to eat light or try out several dishes.
Most of them cost $10 per plate. Our favorites in this section are the seared shrimp with bourbon butter (delicious) and Guacamole (fresh avocados) prepared tableside with tomato, cilantro, red onions etc. You can also try the baked oysters with blue cheese and chili.
If you like to go for some Greens (that's how the salads appear in the menu), go for the Spinach Salad with candied pecans, crumbled feta, cherry tomatoes and fig vinaigrette. Under the menu option 'Close to a meal' .. try out the Pulled Pork Sliders or the Blue Crab Cakes.
But nothing beats the Barbecue Platter which is prepared with pulled pork, brisket, smoked sausage, buttermilk whipped potatoes, creamed spinach, and BBQ sauces. Smoked Lamb Rack is also one of our favorites. For desserts, we would usually finish off with either chocolate moon pies or Bermuda carrot cake.
There is also a private dining room in the restaurant which can accommodate 12. While it has see through glass, with press of a button, it gets opaque for complete privacy.
While Victoria Grill serves many different cocktails, they are probably best known for the great selections of wine. And the best thing (they are the only one to offer) that you can get your own wine (Bring Your Own Wine BOYW program) and just pay a corkage fee of $20 per bottle. In fact all wines they offer here are only $20 above the retail price. You can also have wine by the glass.
If you want to have a quiter meal, come during lunch or on weekdays. On week end it gets quite full and reservation is recommended.
The Rumbar - Cocktail Lounge
The Rumbar which is an integral part of the restaurant is located downstairs and has always been a popular place for both locals and tourists. The inside lounge and the open courtyard can seat 200 persons. As I mentioned earlier, the roof cover for the courtyard can be quickly deployed if required.
With Onyx stone bar and colorful cocktail tables, the overall setting is very friendly, casual and attractive. The Rumbar has a section where they keep fresh seafood which you can order to cook. However mojito's and guacamole are all time favorites here.
Java Jive Coffee Shop
This is a great coffee shop which open in the morning and great for breakfast and snacks while having some excellent coffee. Glynnis and Jennifer do an amazing job remembering the almost all the guests and calling them by names... great personal touch. It has a takeaway section and you can get items like sandwiches, wraps etc to pack.
The restaurant belongs to the Island Restaurant Group (IRG) that also owns some of the best restaurants in Bermuda including Barracuda Grill
, Pickled Onion
and Hog Penny
. They accept credit cards. Dress code is smart casual.
Update February 2014: Victoria Grill lost one of its great chefs Tomasz Taborin in an unfortunate road accident on the night of Feb 26th. He was the Chef De Cuisine, a lively person and liked by all, and a great chef.
Salads: $12, Appetizers: $17, Main Courses: $29.
Monday - Friday: 12:00 to 14:30
Monday - Thursday: 17:30 to 22:00
Friday: 17:30 to 23:00; Saturday: 17:30 to 22:00
Sunday closed; Reservation recommended on weekends.
Location and Contact
29 Victoria Street, Hamilton City, Bermuda. Phone: 441/296-5050
You can walk down from the Hamilton ferry terminal.
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