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Jasmine Cocktail Bar & Lounge
Located just inside the lobby entrance is
Jasmine Cocktail Bar & Lounge. Well known
throughout the local community, this restaurant has always been a popular choice for tapas,
drinks and intimate dining. Most would agree
that its previous look was a bit dated and dark.
Still, giving the restaurant a modern look was not
the goal at all.
“If you look at the Fairmont Southampton,
you see it is not a modern-looking hotel,” said
Aarts. “It is a heritage concept, and Jasmine
needed to reflect that.”
While Jasmine was successful in coordinating
with the rest of the hotel lobby in maintaining
its traditional appearance, it also succeeded in
transforming into a much lighter, brighter space,
bringing it up to date.
“Jasmine is really an all-day venue, so we
wanted to maximise the space and stimulate
people’s interest,” Aarts said. He added that the
new design now features a designated lunch and
Sous chef Gerardo Say Colmenares’s new
menu, Cocktails & Cuisine of the Americas,
features new and exciting dishes in addition
to Jasmine’s most popular items. It’s a blend of
local Bermudian classics with innovative dishes
inspired by destinations throughout the Americas. Pan-American highlights include Peruvian
spiced lamb meatballs, Bermy burrito sandwich,
shrimp kabobs, pina colada cheesecake, and
Bermuda mai tai pitchers alongside Jasmine’s
popular burgers and flat-bread pizzas.
Replacing the Gastropub is Mediterra, which
will fill a niche on the island for authentic Medi-
terranean food. “We decided to get rid of the
sports bar and make it a beautiful dining room
again,” Aarts said. “We removed the TVs and
added the communal dining table. However, the
biggest change is the menu.”
Mediterra offers cuisine from many coun-
tries around the Mediterranean Sea. The menu
features dishes not only with Spanish, Italian
and French influences, but also Greek, Moroc-
can and Turkish inspiration as well. These are
authentic flavours that have not been adapted
to American and local Bermudian traditions, so
guests will be able to experience true dynamic
flavours of the region.
In fact, the Fairmont Southampton sent a
team of four employees on a two-week culinary
immersion through the Mediterranean region of
Europe earlier this year, hoping to ensure a truly
authentic menu as a result. Two young Bermudian colleagues, second cook Nicole Clarke and
server Ravone Butterfield, joined the resort’s
executive chef and assistant director of food and
beverage to source innovative dishes from Spain,
Italy and Morocco.
“European cuisine is very popular with
guests and locals, so we needed to know how to
accommodate that,” Aarts said. “It must be set
apart from what is already available on the island.
There are many Italian influences here, but we
wanted a wider offering.”
The wine list features southern European
wines all served by the carafe, which is European
style. Another unique feature of this restaurant is
that it offers shared dining, which means guests
order dishes served in portions large enough to
share with the whole table. The menu includes
shared plates of fresh seafood, paella and more.
Boundary Sports Bar & Grille
The third and final phase was the closing of
Bacci at Turtle Hill Golf Club and the opening
of Boundary Sports Bar & Grille, an upscale
American sports bar that Aarts says is a destination in itself.
“We identified a need for a sports bar in this
area,” he said. “We will offer a lot of activities
throughout the year in order to connect with
local Bermuda and not just hotel guests. We
wanted a venue to accommodate local residents
that’s really set apart from other offerings in
Boundary will offer a heavy component of large
TVs to broadcast a wide range of sporting events
and live games as well as a pool table, small games,
pop quizzes and other entertainment.
Overseen by sous chef Adam de la Cruz, the
sports bar will feature a slightly different take
on pub food, offering smokehouse cooking on
the large outdoor smoker. Aarts also envisions
highlighting local beers and products found
right here in Bermuda.
“There will always be some activity going on
at Boundary, no matter when you go,” Aarts said.
“It’s a venue on its own.”