Step inside L’Oriental and allow yourself to be transported to the exotic East. Perched above Little Venice, one of Bermuda’s finest Italian restaurants, on the western edge of Hamilton, this spot is easily overlooked from the outside.
But ascend the stairs and you will quickly see what makes this a mecca for lovers of authentic Asian fusion cuisine.
Time and again, L’Oriental is praised for its welcoming atmosphere and cheerful waiters who are genuinely happy to see you. The decor is also unique, accented with finished woods, curved pagoda roofs and dark marble. Hints of red draw wandering eyes, as do the subtle flower arrangements and greenery. There is also outside balcony seating, where guests can dine under the stars.
To begin, indulge in an unusual Asian-inspired cocktail like the Strawberry Saketini or Lycheetini. A special shot of Sake or Asian beer, such as a Kirin or Asahi, adds to the authenticity of the experience. More excitement awaits at Bermuda’s only Teppanyaki table, where fresh meats and seafood (including the catch of the day) are cooked Teppanyaki-style on a hot, flat griddle. Watch the Teppan chefs sizzle an egg, toss food and create eye-catching entertainment. This table can be reserved in advance for small parties and guarantees an evening of sizzling entertainment. Do not forget to request their specialty fried rice and a side of spicy edamame.
Top on L’Oriental’s list of entrées is, without a doubt, the Aromatic Crispy Duck with a five-spice marinade. A whole or half bird is served julienned with thin, flavourful pancakes, cucumber and scallions. The riceless, deep-fried Eclipse Roll is also a favourite, bulging with seaweed salad, crabmeat and shrimp tempura, topped with masago, scallion and drizzled with a special sauce. For Sushi fanatics, be sure to sit at the sushi bar, where guests can observe firsthand the ancient art of seafood preparation by the Master Sushi Chefs.
Round out the evening with their golden fried banana, featuring coconut and cinnamon flavours and served with homemade vanilla ice cream. And enjoy your dessert with a cup of international tea, served in a specialty teapot.
Reservations are recommended, especially for outdoor seating and the Teppanyaki table.
Lunch: Mon-Fri: 12pm-2:15 pm
Dinner: Mon-Sat: 5:30pm-closing
32 Bermudiana Road (above Little Venice)