The best things in the world are possibly the ones that many don’t know about or that are hard to find. That is the case for Art Mel’s Spicy Dicy, a small take-away shop secretly tucked away in the backstreets of Pembroke and uncontested winner years after years of the best fish sandwich award.
Without many advertising but thanks to a word-of-mouth praise, the place is looked for every day by fish lovers for its sandwiches but also its fish dinners and crispy fish cakes served on buns. Bermuda is said to be the place where the best fish sandwiches in the world come from, and this from locals and tourists alike. It is therefore only logical to say that Art Mel’s Spicy Dicy makes the best fish sandwich in the world and many will agree with this.
Not only the small eatery is said to be serving the best fish sandwiches ever, but you will be surprised to see that they also are the biggest that you have ever seen. Some people go as far as saying that one sandwich is enough to feed two persons! The piece Art Mel’s Spicy Dicy is the most known for is its special fish sandwich. It consists of a deep-fried fish fillet served on slices of raisin bread, with mayonnaise and tartar sauce, accompanied by spicy French fries!
f you want to experience the very best fish sandwich, then check that it is prepared with fresh local fish as sometimes they have to use imported fish. If that’s the case and you can’t come back, then don’t worry, it will still be the best fish sandwich you have ever had.
Before you get yourself lost in the small streets of Pembroke in search of the Holy Grail of fish sandwich lovers – this is part of the experience and you will be helped by the amazing smell and the queue of people waiting – be aware that Art Mel’s Spicy Dicy is a take-away place only. You also need to be prepared to pay the high price of $11.50 (£7.50). But for once, you will not be disappointed with what you get for your money.
The people at The Bermudian’s best of Bermuda awards have still not found any contender strong enough to take the best fish sandwich crown off Art Mel’s Spicy Dicy and reckon that no one will ever make better fish sandwiches than the little take-away eatery. For those who are not fans of raisin buns, you can also get you fish sandwich on wheat bread and substitute the mayonnaise for some coleslaw. Make sure to try more than one combination to find your best fish sandwich.
Fish cakes at Art Mel’s Spicy Dicy are some of the best in town too. The Bermuda fish cakes are made of filleted and dried boneless codfish. These are then mixed with mashed potatoes as well as boiled eggs. The mixture is shaped into balls or patties which are pan-fried in butter. The Bermuda fish cakes are traditionally served between buns with lettuce, tomato, tartar sauce and hot sauce. Locals eat them for lunch or as snacks and are fans of eating them with raisin buns.
Art Mel’s Spicy Dicy Bermuda - 9 St. Monica’s Road, Pembroke HM 14; 441 295 3965
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