Marcus Samuelsson’s Bermuda Pop-Up

Peter Ross

As if you needed more of a reason to treat yourself to some rest and relaxation in a tropical paradise this summer, Chef Marcus Samuelsson just announced the opening of his two month pop-up at the Fairmont Hamilton Princess hotel in Bermuda. To preview his new signature restaurant set to open at the hotel in May 2015, the pop-up will run from June 3rd to August 3rd. Samuelsson crafted a vibrant menu that celebrates Bermudian culture and history to be executed by chef de cuisine Leo Marino and chef de cuisine Justin Levine from Red Rooster Harlem in NYC.

Staying true to his internationally-influenced cooking style, Samuelsson’s dishes will highlight fresh seafood and local flavors. There of course will be raw options – like Rockfish Crudo with pickled cherry tomato, radishes and jalapeño oil – and small plates like Fish Chowder Croquettes with rum aioli and Paddlefish Caviar Tacos with wasabi sour cream and red onion. The mains are not to be missed and will include dishes like Grilled Head on Shrimp with ginger-scallion sauce, sweet soy and cilantro and Mustard-Crusted Lamb Rack with red wine and coffee-caramelized pearl onions. Is your mouth watering yet?

“I’m excited to create new flavors inspired by the rich, vibrant culture and history of Bermuda,” Samuelsson said.  “From fresh-caught, local fish to an array of Caribbean and Portuguese ingredients and traditions, there is such a wealth of inspiration to bring to the table.”

Of course tropical drinks are in order as well, and the pop-up restaurant’s bar will aim to please. Large, shareable pitchers of Rum Rum Punch is what we’re looking forward to most, a boozy mix of white and dark rum, coconut water, pineapple juice, lime and nutmeg. We’ll take a paper umbrella with that too please.

To celebrate Samuelsson’s summer pop-up, The Fairmont Hamilton Princess will offer a Culinary Escape Package to traveling epicures. It includes accommodations in a newly renovated deluxe harbor view room, a signed copy of Marcus Samuelsson’s memoir, Yes, Chef, dinner for two at Samuelsson at HP and breakfast for two each morning. Rates start at $779 per night with a minimum two-night stay and will be available June 1 – August 2, 2014. To make reservations, visit their website or call (800) 441-1414. Bon appétit!