Four Ways

1 Middle Rd, Bermuda • +1 441-236-6517 • http://www.fourwaysinn.com

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I know this place is a historic icon, but I can actually think of about five ways it’s overrated. The first being the “elegant décor.” Yes, if you’re idea of elegance hasn’t changed since the 70’s. Second would be the top billing as the best restaurant in Bermuda. I actually enjoyed myself more at the Swizzle Inn and the Ariel Sands restaurant.

Third would be the “award-winning chef,” which is just about the most over-used claim at restaurants apart from “heirloom” and “homemade.” That latter one being a major pet peeve of mine, because if you make it at a place of business and not in an actual home, then it’s “restaurant-made” isn’t it? Just like almost everything else at most restaurants. But back to the “awards.” What awards are we talking here? James Beard? Best of Bermuda? Or third place at a local bake off? Which is technically still an award won, and thus my gripe with the term. Don’t tell me he’s award-winning, tell me which award he won. Otherwise I’m just going to assume he won it for bowling. After all, you didn’t say the award had anything to do with his culinary skill.

And that brings me to the fourth way, the food itself. It’s not anywhere near as impressive as the swoons you’ll read on Tripadvisor. The fish was overcooked and dried out. The dishes were over-complicated and trying way too hard to impress. I’ll just chalk it up to the fact that most people think things taste better on vacation.

While I’m at it, I’ll also chalk up the fifth way, price. Thank god I ate here on an expense account, because the food simply doesn’t live up to the wallet-syphoning cost, which is made only worse by the exchange rate, the island mark-up and the fact that lobster is used in almost every dish except the desserts.

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Thai Angel’s

155 Lexington Ave. Mount Kisco, NY 10549 • (914) 666-0937

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I only ordered take out, so I can’t really speak too thoroughly about service or decor. But, what brief service I had, was good. So no complaints there. Decor is on par with most purist Thai places, which means unchanged since the 70’s. For some reason the contemporary decor trends of the 21st haven’t taken to Thai restaurants like they have with other Asian restaurants.

And as for the name, I have to admit it sounds more like a place to get a sensual massage than a bite to eat.

But all of that aside, I unfortunately didn’t find the food to be all that impressive. Thai House in Ardsley is MUCH better. As is Noodle+ in White Plains.

But for Northern Westchester, I guess it’s the only game in town because the Pad Thai at Waka is an abomination and Spoon is just a train wreck. So, it’ll have to do. Just wish it was better.

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