Review: Bolero Brasserie Bermuda

Review: Bolero Brasserie Bermuda

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This Bolero Brasserie Bermuda Review is from our October 2020 visit, during our stay at the Hamilton Princess Bermuda. Thanks to Bermuda's skillful handling of the COVID-19 pandemic, most restaurants are open for indoor dining, although Bolero Brasserie does have a few outdoor tables on its balcony, which is where we dined.

Bolero Brasserie Bermuda Review

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Bolero Brasserie Location and Hours

Bolero Brasserie is located at 95 Front Street, the main commercial street in Hamilton, Bermuda. It's an easy 20 minute walk from the Hamilton Princess resort. The restaurant is open for lunch Tuesday-Friday 11:30am-2:30pm, and for dinner from 6-10:30pm.

Bolero Brasserie Bar, Bermuda
Bolero Brasserie Bermuda
Bolero Brasserie Bermuda

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Bolero Brasserie Menu and Food

Bolero bills itself as a neighborhood bistro, with well prepared, unpretentious dishes. Here's the menu for the night we dined:

Bolero Brasserie Bermuda Menu
Bolero Brasserie Bermuda Menu
Bolero Brasserie Bermuda Dessert Menu

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After ordering, we were brought some sliced bread. It was fresh, and as we were both hungry, it was appreciated.

Bread, Bolero Brasserie Bermuda Review

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I started with the soup of the day, a French Onion Soup. One of the things I enjoy most about French Onion Soup is the crusty bread with cheese that's baked right in the soup right before serving. Unfortunately, Bolero's version lacked authenticity. Not only was the broth not as rich and flavorful as in the better French Onion Soups I've had, the bread and cheese were toasted separately and placed on top, rather than being authentically oven baked. Not an auspicious start.

French Onion Soup, Bolero Brasserie Review
French Onion Soup, Bolero Brasserie

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For a main dish, my husband chose the Smoky Paprika Grilled Chicken. When the server brought him his dish, he assumed he'd been brought the wrong one, as it was essentially a salad, with just a few measly pieces of chicken. While the little meat that was there tasted fine, this dish was definitely not worth the $27 price. At best it could have served as an appetizer.

Smoky Paprika Grilled Chicken, Bolero Brasserie Bermuda Review

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I ordered a half portion of the Tiger Shrimp Pil Pil. The taste of these was good, but again we were unimpressed with the stingy portion of four shrimp pieces for $21. For this price I'd have expected six-seven pieces.

Tiger Shrimp PIl Pil, Bolero Brasserie Bermuda

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For dessert we tried the Melting Chocolate Pudding, which was a bit overbaked with little of a melting center, and the Gingerbread, which was good, and the least disappointing thing we tried during our visit. The marmalade ice cream complemented it well.

Melting Chocolate Pudding, Bolero Brasserie Bermuda Review
Melting Chocolate Pudding, Bolero Brasserie Bermuda
Gingerbread with Marmalade Ice Cream, Bolero Brasserie Bermuda
Gingerbread with Marmalade Ice Cream, Bolero Brasserie Bermuda

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The Verdict

I was looking forward to Bolero Brasserie, but unfortunately we were both quite disappointed with our experience. The French Onion Soup wasn't as good as traditional versions I've had, and my husband's main dish was should have embarrassed the kitchen, given how little chicken it had in it. It should have been described as a salad, not a chicken main. And even after bringing our disappointment to the attention of our server, nothing was done about it–there was no offer to add some additional chicken to the dish, take it off our bill, or anything else. I'd ordered a half portion of the shrimp, but still found it on the stingy side, at only 4 shrimp for the $21 price. The best thing that we had was probably the gingerbread dessert. While Bermuda is undeniably expensive, there are higher quality, better value restaurants in Bermuda, so we can't recommend Bolero Brasserie.

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