Review: Lunch at Wahoo's Bistro & Patio
Biteofbermuda.com officially launched in May of 2015, and at that time, one of the restaurants certain to be featured was Wahoo’s Bistro & Patio. This was for a multitude of reasons, the main one being that it can be said without question that this eatery is one of the most consistent in Bermuda when it comes to serving up great food. But despite the fact that we have already proclaimed the restaurant as a favourite, it has taken more than six months before we’ve had the opportunity to highlight Wahoo’s. And after the lunch we thoroughly enjoyed there, we are seriously asking each other, “Why has it taken so long?!”
The restaurant is such a welcoming spot, which speaks to why it tends to be a favourite among locals and visitors alike. On first approach, there are the tables positioned on Water Street outside of the front doors that almost say. ‘have a seat’! Next is the chalkboard menu of specials that instantly gives you an appetite to try something…anything...on the lengthy list of Chef Alfred and team’s creations. Then soon enough, you are greeted by one of the Wahoo’s staff members who just seem like they are happy to be there.
As it stands, Wahoo’s is a reason of it’s own to visit St George’s, but when you take a closer look, there’s one thing in particular about the restaurant that mirrors the Old Towne itself. Much like how St. George’s is infamous for its narrow streets and alleys and the surprises you find at the end of these lanes, Wahoo’s offers a similar experience. Here you are guided through the narrow hallway bordered by the open kitchen, and are taken to the three part dining area. With indoor dining, a covered and seasonally enclosed patio, and the porch which allows visitors to dine mere feet from the St George’s Harbour, on Bermudaful afternoons and evenings, you're spoiled for choice when it comes to your table. A good tip is to specify where you would like to sit (if you have a preference) because it does tend to get busy during evenings and weekends.
On this day, two thirds of team @biteofbermuda were in for the Wahoo’s experience and opted for special cocktails, two regularly available menu items, and two specials from that chalkboard of dreams.
Wahoo's does a good Rum Swizzle and we're no strangers to enjoying one while watching fish swimming around in the waters below the patio during the summer. However, as it turns out, they are just as good on rainy days. Sweet and fruity with a healthy splash of rum...nothing to complain about here. There may even have been a second ordered after this one was done.
The Prickly Pear Martini – Since the prickly pear isn’t your average, everyday ingredient, this award-winning creation is somewhat challenging to describe. In short, it’s a vibrantly coloured and flavoured cocktail that has a palette-pleasing mixture of sweet and tart, so smooth it goes down easily and virtually requires you to remind yourself out loud that it contains alcohol. If there is a list of ‘Cocktails you have to try in Bermuda’, put this drink on it!
For the first of the specials...an appetizer portion of Octopus Stew over Basmati Rice jumped off the chalkboard as a must-try. All smiles as this is being written due to thoughts of this bowl containing an abundance of tender chunks of octopus and chorizo in a silky, glazed stew base. The texture of this gumbo-like creation made it evident a significant amount of time, attention and care went into the preparation. The neutral flavor of the octopus takes on the smoke and the spice of the sausage in the stewing process, and the result, simply superb!
The Wahoo Pâté is a menu staple and one of those things that make this restaurant special. (Think about it, pâté is NOT something you’ll find on many, if not most menus around the island). This lightly herb-flavoured spreadable wahoo comes with crusty slices of warmed bread, crudités and is appropriately served on a dish shaped as an artist’s palette (#prettyfood). If you’ve read our reviews, you’ll know that interactive dining experiences (a.k.a. playing with our food) is always a highlight. The bread and mixture of extremely fresh vegetables allow you to enjoy the pâté in any number of ways.
On to our mains.
The first was chosen off the regular menu - Caesar Salad topped with Grilled Wahoo (because...of course). Frequent readers will know how we feel about an overly-dressed salad (no thanks!), and we were pleased to report that this one had just the perfect amount of creamy, garlicky dressing, with crunchy croutons and fresh-grated parmesan. Pretty standard Caesar, to be honest, but delicious with the wahoo and a perfect filling lunch.
The Bermuda Triangle from the chalkboard was next; consisting of a trio of fish prepared three different ways with one thing in common. Damn near perfection! Grilled wahoo, pan fried rockfish and battered and fried mahi mahi (there’s more) served with paw paw chutney (still more) fried plantain atop peas and rice and a side of cole slaw. The Wahoo - expertly grilled with deep charred grill marks yet moist on the inside. The Mahi Mahi, seasoned batter encapsulating the flaky flesh…and the Rockfish – flawlessly seasoned and fried with a delightful crust on the outside and firm, juicy and flavor filled fish on the inside. The chutney tasted like Christmas with the mix of spices while the fried plantain was like candy (and we were like the kids). The peas and rice and cole slaw - sheer Bermudian fare that made for a solid accompaniment for this dish.
The owners of Wahoos consistently get it right with this restaurant. From the location and layout to the service, the drinks and of course the food, it just all works so well together. The atmosphere is so relaxed that Wahoo’s works for practically any occasion. Date night, dinner with friends & family or just sitting in for an amazing weekend lunch. Whatever the occasion, the chefs send out hearty portions of amazing plates and the team of servers make sure your time at Wahoo’s is an enjoyable one. There is almost an air of enthusiasm that gives the impression they are proud of the food here and cannot wait for you to taste it. Based on our last meal, we cannot wait to figure out another excuse to taste it again, and you can rest assured it will not take another six months!
Are you a fan of Wahoo’s? Let us know why and what your favourite dish is in the comment section below. We’re sure whatever it is, we agree!
Walk ins welcome but reservations recommended (most definitely for the patio or porch!)
Wahoo's Bistro & Patio
36 Water Street
St George's GE 05
Tel: (441) 297 1307
or www.wahoos.bm or Facebook page: Wahoos Bistro & Patio
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