There is probably a lot of places in Bermuda which call themselves cool, when most of the time they are just trendy or too cool. Because indeed being cool takes a lot of effort, but too much effort is actually uncool! Yes, being cool requires a subtle balance between doing too much and not enough.
If you are now confused and not quite sure what being cool is all about, you only need to pop into Café Ten, on Dundonald Street, Hamilton, in Bermuda, to get the perfect idea.
The establishment is the first winner of the coolest café category of the Best of Bermuda Awards organised by The Bermudian. The location is perfect, a 10-minute walk from Front Street, the seafront overcrowded by tourists. As they have a tendency to stay in a very close perimeter to the main downtown, the atmosphere of Café Ten stays local and authentic.
It is one of the preferred café to start a night out at the week-end because at the evening it turns into a wine bar and is full of young professionals and 30-somethings. The style here is best describe as casual elegant, whether it is the dress code, the design or the food and drinks. The décor is a clever mix of Asian and post industrial Spanish red interior, featuring mesh metal blinds as well as an immense baroque oil painting hanging over the bar.
The ambiance is relaxed and warm, nothing to high-brow. Locals are here to meet up and catch up with their friends and those in quest of a party will leave later on. Café Ten usually get busy from 4pm, when the “5 for $6 til 7 @ Ten” gets underway. Then it is even busier after 5 when they start serving appetizers (available until 7pm) such as flat bread pizza with basil pesto, oven dried tomatoes and goats cheese; seared prawns with burnt orange and chilli and crispy noodles; or the Asian spiced pork ribs served with cucumber slaw.
The cocktail list is a mix of classic like Cosmo and Strawberry Mojito, and more exciting creations such as the Teeny White Bellini (Prosecco and white cacao liqueur) or the Ginger Caipiroska (vodka, ginger liqueur, sugar and lime).
The place also serves dinner and the great taste of a yet simple food is a cool factor. Try for example the mushroom and Gorgonzola tart with grain mustard pesto, the lobster sausage prosciutto wrapped served with pear salsa, or the seared scallops with avocado and roasted pepper molé and citrus relish.
There is of course an extensive wine list with wines from the USA, France, New-Zealand, South Africa, Italy, Portugal, Spain and South America. They can be matched perfectly with the brilliant selection of cheeses, mainly French and Italian. Very cool indeed.
Café Ten is not only a cool place in the evening. During the day it is a cool café that does breakfast, brunch and lunch. For breakfast, the favourites include Breakfast Panini with egg, cheese, sausage and mayonnaise; pancakes with whipped cream, fresh fruits and maple syrup; and warm bagel with ham, egg and Swiss cheese.
Café Ten, Bermuda – 10 Dundonald Street, Hamilton, HM10; (441) 295-0857
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Café Ten, Bermuda – Part of Elbow Beach Cycles’ Things To Do in Bermuda series!