We were recently tickled to receive an invite to Bermuda Restaurants Ltd’s tasting of their #BermudaRW submissions (they own Chopsticks Fusion and Rosa's) before the event actually kicked off. They’ve capably combined the best of Bermuda foods and flavors with the cultural style of their restaurants, and what we appreciate about this family of restaurants is their drive to be creative and experiment. They are also collaborative and the chefs welcome constructive feedback - this tasting was such an opportunity. By the end of it all, we were so impressed with their offerings, we decided to share (just a few) with you.
In 2015, Chopsticks was rebranded as Chopsticks Fusion to encompass cuisines from other eastern cultural regions. No longer to limited to Chinese food, they also offer Indian, Filipino, Thai and Vietnamese choices. This year’s #BermudaRW menu provides a taste of some of these regions with Bermuda-inspired flair. Here are some things that caught our attention:
Lionfish Lumpia with Fresh Mango Sauce – A Filipino version of an eggroll - we found this to be an interesting take on Lionfish and were kind of sad not to have had the plate to ourselves.
Deconstructed Mussel Pie – Two words: get involved. This slight twist on a traditional mainstay will definitely be a conversation piece amongst mussel pie connoisseurs. It's to be served with a cassava wedge (which we didn't get to try) and sautéed vegetables. Yeah, we're very curious about cassava..........
Sizzling Seared Lamb – Wok finished with veggies and a Chow Fun Fusion red wine sauce to round this dish out with a touch of sweet and spice. This was really good - definitely recommended for people who like a bit of heat!
Dessert Duo: PawPaw Apple Crumble and Lemon Drop – Who knew pawpaw could taste so good as a dessert? Yeah, it was a yum moment. And if you’re an old-fashioned lemon meringue pie fan, the lemon drop will give you double yum. The great thing about this duo is the sufficient portion size to get a taste without feeling over stuffed.
Last year was an outstanding year for Rosa’s. Shocking to most, they came out as a winner in the Bermuda Tourism Authority’s Best Fish Sandwich competition. This year, they join their sister restaurant to vie for the People’s Choice Award during this year’s Bermuda Restaurant Weeks. Here’s why we think you might vote for them:
Southwest Lobster Cakes – Rosa’s is all about Tex-Mex, but all we could think about is lobster which was complemented well with the roasted red pepper sauce. Yum.
Ginger Beer Chicken – Tender chicken breast with a sweet and sticky with a gingery glaze – we were all over this, especially since it’s accompanied by a true Bermudian favorite – cassava pie. Who can make the best cassava pie can become a heated discussion, but Rosa’s is well prepared to be on the positive side of the conversation.
Rosa’s Flank Steak flavored with Honey & Black Rum – Of course a little rum makes everything fun, but we were really enamored by the freshness of the chimichurri sauce paired with the sweetness of the steak. Their take on Bermudian mac n cheese was also fun to savor and we dare say they did a pretty good job of that also.
Grilled Rockfish with Goslings Black Rum Sauce - Over here at #teamBiteofBermuda, we've been known to love a good piece of rockfish and we quite enjoy an original Dark n Stormy - fish and rum? Sold. And seriously it was good. Served with peas n rice and veggies, it's on our list to try again.
This, being a sneak peek, we hope that we’ve whet your appetite and left you wondering about the other menu items at both Chopsticks Fusion and Rosa’s. Full disclosure: some of the dishes are set to be tweaked. With what we sampled as just a preview of what they’re serving up, we definitely intend on revisiting during the official #BermudaRW period to savor the meal from beginning to end.
The People's Choice Award is up for grabs for both restaurants. We'd love to know if you think either of them have a chance at winning. Let us know in the comments below what your #BermudaRW meal comprised of and how good it was.
Bermuda Restaurant Weeks officially takes place from January 14 - February 5th with 45 restaurants offering up special dishes on prix fixe menus at $29, $39 and $49 per person (plus gratuities). To make reservations you can do so directly with the restaurants or via table.bm
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2016 Bermuda Restaurant Weeks Overview