Bermuda News Weather Property Rentals Jobs Reviews Social
Bermuda News Weather Property Rentals Jobs Reviews Social
Mad Hatters | Lunch Menu | Dinner Menu | Reviews | How to find us | | | | | Hors D'Oeuvres Menu |
The Bermudian Magazine.
BEST OF BERMUDA GOLD AWARDS, 2011
Although the food is delicious, the service impeccable and the setting intimate, what really stood out to our judges about Mad Hatters is the head chef and local personality, Ben Jewett (22 Richmond Rd., Pembroke, 297-6231). Yes, his creations are delectable, but his character is one in a million. Interaction between the head chef and his customers is rare in the restaurant business, but when it comes to Ben, it’s a welcome treat. He’ll have you in fits of laughter and make you feel completely at home, even as he lets out an “Oompaah!” from the kitchen!
Best Birthday Restaurant
The Bermudian Magazine. BEST OF BERMUDA GOLD AWARDS, 2010
Best Place for a Power Lunch
Best Birthday Restaurant
The Bermudian Magazine. BEST OF BERMUDA GOLD AWARDS, 2009
Most Imaginative Menu
Tucked away off Richmond Road, this little restaurant has a surprisingly big menu—and that doesn’t include the selection of daily specials! Great homestyle cooking combined with fun and frolic (all those hats your party can don!), makes an evening at Mad Hatter’s (2 Richmond Rd., Hamilton, 297-2631) a superb night out.
Click the links below for various review sites:
Premier Tickets.bm (4th bullet down)
"I have been to Mad Hatters at least a dozen times for lunch and dinner and each time I have had a fantastic meal - the quality, freshness, presentation and taste of the food is simply fabulous and I would highly recommend it to anyone - in fact I did recommend it to my Firm and it was our little secret for a while until word started getting out. Whenever I have guests visiting - I take them to Mad Hatters. Case in point - the inlaws, who were staying at an upscale hotel, begged that we go back to Mad's for another meal - in their opinion it had been the best meals they had in the 2 weeks they visited. The service is impeccable, the value for money is excellent, tip is not included but you'll likely tip better than you would anywhere else, the atmosphere is wonderful and Chef Ben's occasional 'OOMPAAH!' from the kitchen causes a few giggles. Mad Hatters is great for a business lunch to impress clients, a casual lunch with a work colleague or friend, for visitors, or for functions. Mad Hatters is just an overall excellent restaurant. It's just before Robin Hood - next to Mariners Club. You'd be crazy not to go Mad Hatters!"
SHEILA LEA - Big fan!
"Last night was absolutely one of the best culinary evenings I have experience in a very long time, your food is always really good, but last night was exceptional!
Just wanted to drop a note and say that I thought last night was well organised and I had a great time..."
cuisine... by Joe Gibbons
rg magazine - August / September edition
Mad Hatters, located in the Mariners Club on Serpentine Road, is in a space that has seen a few changes in its day, but if it keeps going the way it is, punters should be dining there for a while to come.
Hatters is small, so reservations - particularly on weekends - are highly recommended. The decor is casual, friendly and welcoming, the small room, enhanced with the wall of mirrors along the back, and while the napkins are paper - good paper - they work in this unpretentious and affordable resto.
Soups cost $6, I had a wonderful wild mushroom broth, poured into its cup at the table and finished with coconut and chili milk. The flavours were subtle with the richness of the coconut carrying the day. I would have it again.
A salad of mixed greens with candied pear was good, but overdressed, while elsewhere mussels finished in a Thai coconut curry and salmon crostini completed an interesting but brief appetiser list that underscores its Asian/British influence.
There are five or six entrées to choose from, with a special or two each day. Top of the list is rack of lamb ($26) - Australian. Finished in a mint jus, grilled medium rare, it was the best rack I have eaten in a year. In fact, I had stopped ordering lamb having grown tired of the gamey, tough nature of so much that we get on the market today. Not here, Equally, the rockfish served with grilled banana was excellent. The only disappointment was a special of veal chop cooked ‘osso bucco’ style, which proved to be a little tough. A platter of stir-fry veggies together with jumho house-made potato croquettes was placed centre table, and there was more if we wanted. To go veggy all the way, Hatters offers a grilled pineapple — yum! — and curry veg entrée for $20.
No dessert menu, but the kitchen offered us a rhubarb fool and an excellent chocolate fondant, melted and served warm with skewers of fresh strawberries. A platter of cheeses was well presented and offered a mix of some five selections, crackers, grapes, and all.
The wine list is brief, but well priced. Several wines are sold by the glass at prices ranging from $6 to $8. We drank a Mark West Pinot Noir; at $44 it was at the top of the price range. Hatters note - there are several more wines available and wines at greater prices...
Service is not included, but as this is a small "family" run establishment, it is good.
I liked Mad Hatters very much and suggest you get over there to try out the good and affordable fare they have on offer.
And, if the mood strikes, they have a selection of hats suitable for any tea party!
A hidden gem in Hamilton
The Bermuda Sun - March 21, 2007
Having only visited this site many years ago, I was not sure what to expect when a friend suggested a pre-theatre dinner at Mad Hatters.
We arrived promptly at the opening time of 6pm and what a surprise. The restaurant is small, with a large skylight feeding light into the room, a back mirrored wall gives a feeling of space. A completely different ambience.
After a warm greeting and cocktails a bread board appeared with hot varied rolls and garlic butter.
The menu offered something for every palate and obviously had been carefully thought out. I started with a mixed leaf salad with herbed goats cheese with balsamic dressing and my friend pronounced the stuffed mushrooms delicious.
It was followed by a roast rack of lamb cooked exactly as requested, one medium and one well done, an attractive side dish of croquette potatoes, snow peas and broccoli completed the entrée.
The portion of lamb was generous, and well trimmed. Two cappuccinos completed our dinner.
Having enjoyed dinner so much I returned with yet another friend for lunch. Here again, this is not a hurried sandwich menu but the chef uses excellent ingredients with a thoughtful menu supplemented by specials.
Cream of tomato soup was both delicate and well seasoned, followed by special of the day, rockfish which carried a small supplement. Dessert was apple and cherry crumble with a side jug of English custard.
Once again, Mad Hatters proved that it is a serious eating place with competitive prices - the only minor criticism is that for such an excellent restaurant paper napkins rather added a down note at lunch.
Mark Turner and chef Ben Jewette are to be congratulated on this intimate restaurant where food is taken seriously, service is attentive and caring.
Lunch Monday-Friday 12 noon to 2pm: Two courses $19, three courses $24, Table d'Hote Menu with daily specials.
Dinner Monday - Saturday 6pm to 9.30pm . A la Carte Menu with daily specials.
Service is not included, but is up to the discretion of the diner. Due to the small size of the restaurant reservations are suggested.
Link to the story: BDA SUN
Mad Hatters eatery opens
The Royal Gazette - January 24, 2007
A new restaurant has opened for business in the heart of the Hamilton’s financial and international business neighbourhood.
It is the realisation of a seven-year dream for co-owners Mark Turner and Ross Webber to run their own eatery. The pair have formed a ‘partnership’ trio by linking up with head chef Ben Jewett — all three men are former rugby players — to open the Mad Hatters Restaurant next to the Mariners club in Richmond Road.
The restaurant was formerly the Surf n’ Turf until Mr. Turner and Mr. Webber finally succeeded in winning the lease to operate the restaurant after a number of previous attempts to take-over the business. Having undergone a renovation, which included the opening of a skylight that had been blocked out for 10 years and bringing in all-new kitchen equipment, the intimate restaurant has re-opened its doors for lunches and dinners and there are plans to expand its current seating capacity from around 35 to include outdoor alfresco areas in the summer months.
Mr. Webber, who is a marketing executive with Conyers Dill and Pearman, can see plenty of positives in running a restaurant in the middle of the city’s financial district.
“It’s a small venue and we will expand our ability to cater to customers in the Spring with a terrace area that will give the opportunity for alfresco eating that, unusually for Bermuda, is not slap-bang on a road,” he said.
“Word is spreading about the restaurant. We opened about two weeks ago and have a contemporary international fayre menu with some Thai and Asian influence. If you look at where we are and how businesses have been built around you have that strip down Par-La-Ville Road that is a mass of business offices, and then there is Bank of Bermuda and Butterfield Bank and AIG nearby. We are the only real restaurant in that proximity.”
Mr. Webber and Mr. Turner drew up a business plan to run a restaurant more than five years ago and have been waiting for the right time and the right place to put their dream into operation. The opportunity to take over the former Surf n’ Turf fitted the bill.
Mr. Turner has a substantial background in hotels and hospitality, while head chef Mr. Jewett was previously at the Fairmont Southampton’s Newport Room, Waterlot Restaurant and then head chef at Lobster Pot and Flanagan’s on Front Street.
The new restaurant has its own website at www.madhatters.free.bm and operates a policy of not adding the usual 15 percent gratuity automatically to bills, thereby allowing customers to use their discretion when tipping.
Link to the story: ROYAL GAZETTE
Bermuda Rowing Association
Margaret Potts has been a wonderful supporter of our social programme. She was responsible for organizing our Christmas Dinner at the Mad Hatter’s restaurant. What a night that was! We were all impressed with the venue, food and organization... Perhaps next year we will book the whole place