I have been visiting family and friends in Bermuda for twenty years and during all my visits never visited Ascot’s so had to rectify that recently. Located in the Royal Palms Hotel – a small boutique hotel – Ascot’s is an award-winning restaurant that has been a staple on the Island from more than twenty years.
The restaurant itself is located towards the back of the hotel, which feels more like walking into a Bermudian home than hotel. You pass an expansive bar before entering the room itself. The dining room is quite large and the tables are well-spaced out providing diners with a private dining experience even when the restaurant is full while allowing for you to actually have conversations with your table guests. While there is no separate gluten-free menu, the staff are well-versed and can guide you through the menu to accommodate their guests needs.
So on to the meal. I was first impressed that without prompting after telling our server about my dietary restrictions that I was presented with a lovely warm gluten-free roll after the table received a bread basket. It was a lovely and welcome touch that set the stage for a lovely evening.
For my starter I decided to try the thinly sliced Parma ham and mozzarella dressed with an extra virgin olive oil, sprinkled with smoked salt and a drizzle of pesto vinaigrette accompanied with a lovely fresh side salad complete with edible flowers. Moving on to the main course I landed on the pan roasted veal roulade layered with Parma ham, sautéed onions, kale and olives — baked in a veal jus and served with a Calvados Porcini mushrooms sauce. It was very good though the veal was a bit too well-done for my liking but still quite good and the lovely sauce help to compensate. In the future, I would just specify the veal more medium. The portion sizes are extremely generous but I, of course, saved room for dessert. There was a mint crème brulee on offer which most definitely caught my eye and was absolutely delicious.
The evening was absolutely lovely and I look forward to returning next time I am in Bermuda. If you find yourself on the island, be sure to pay them a visit. Just because a restaurant does not have a separate gluten-free menu, does not mean that they cannot safely accommodate their guests. You can view their menu and learn more about the restaurant on their website.
24 Rosemont Avenue