Mad Hatters Restaurant Bermuda $$, European with Thai & American Fusion
This is a small elegant restaurant tucked at the western end of Hamilton City. Although it's a bit of a walk from Front Street, it's worth considering the quality of food, the nice friendly ambience and great service. True to its name, the walls and ceilings of the restaurant are full of different kinds of hats of all shapes and sizes, some quite crazy looking. Actually the co-owner Mark Turner would encourage you to pick and wear one of them as you dine.
In the evenings when you walk into the dining room, you are likely to see guests wearing colorful hats as they sit around the tables and dine. It creates a festive and casual atmosphere which is the whole objective here. The restaurant is jointly owned by Mark and the head chef Ben Jewett. Mark's management skills and Ben's culinary skills combined has created a restaurant which has earned a great name for itself.
The inside dining is relatively small and has just 8 tables. But there is also an outdoor dining in the patio. During summer the outdoor patio would be a great place to dine as the space inside gets quite full and looks a little crammed at times.
The restaurant has an open kitchen and while seated in the dining room, you can see the chefs preparing the dishes. While there is a set menu, there are also daily specials which change quite frequently. Mark will explain the specials. He speaks a be a bit too fast at times to understand, but if you call him he will happily come to let you know about the day's specials.
They don't have a proper menu card or booklet, but have the items and the rates printed out on a piece of paper. There is also a set dinner menu which includes soups & salads, appetizers and entrees.
Here are some of the great favorites in Mad Hatters...
In Soups & Salads, go for Wild Mushroom Consomme which is laced with coconut and red chili milk, or the Spinach & Arugula with fire roasted pepper that comes with toasted almonds crisp ginger and teriyaki dressing.
In appetizers some of the most popular items are Portobello Mushroom served with olive and sun-dried tomato, arugula & goat cheese, Crab Cakes with sweet chili & lime Aioli, and Mussels served with a choice of garlic cream sauce or Thai curry coconut milk.
In entrees there are quite a few great choices. some of our personal favorites here include Sea Scallops & Shrimps, Sauté Rockfish, Roasted Breast of Duck (Served with candied pears and foie gras), Rack of Lamb, beef steaks (tenderloins) etc.
All entrees come with some accompaniments like vegetables, rice, sauté cajun potatoes, croquettes etc. While there is not many choices for the vegetarians, they do prepare some nice vegetarian dishes on requests.
In desserts you get items like Mango Cheescake Chocolate, Strawberry Sponge Roll etc. There is a bar tucked at the corner offering nice selection of spirits, wine by the glass and beer.
Due to relatively small size of the restaurant and high demand, you should make a reservation in advance. Dress code is smart casual.
Soups & Salads: $8 to $14, Appetizers: $16 to $18, Main Courses: $29 to $34
Unlike most restaurants in the island, Mad Hatters does not add gratuity to the bill. They leave it to you for how much you like to pay, which I think is a welcome approach rather than adding 15% irrespective of whether you liked the service or not. But I must say that our experience of the service has been quite good and friendly.
Lunch: Monday to Friday from 12noon – 2:30pm
Dinner: Monday to Saturday from 6pm to 10pm.
Closed on Sundays & Public Holidays
Location and Contact
From the western end of Front Street, walk down the Bermudian Road (with the harbor behind you). The road will merge with Richmond Road which turns left. After the turning you will find the restaurant on the left.
Mad Hatters Restaurant
22 Richmond Road, Hamilton, HM 08
Phone: (441) 297-6231
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Visitors' Reviews & Comments
Gretchen (April 2016)
We dock at Kings Wharf..going to dinner at the Mad Hatter. Can we do this via ferry and walking?
Raj (bermuda-attractions.com) April 2016
Yes, it's about 350 yards walk from Hamilton ferry terminal along Bermudiana road. Check the last ferry timing on your return.