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We have been teasing this review for quite a while, and so are pleased to report that we had our first look at Marcus Samuelsson's new restaurant Marcus' at the beginning of June. Located at the Hamilton Princess hotel, the restaurant, which opened on May 27, has a creative menu that features a mix of international and local dishes as interpreted by Samuelsson and executed by executive chef Leonardo Marino, who formerly worked at Samuelsson's Red Rooster restaurant in Harlem.
Situated in what was the former Gazebo Room overlooking Hamilton harbour and the newly constructed marina, the restaurant features lofty ceilings and picture windows which are clearly designed to make the most of the views. Wrapping around the outside of the restaurant is a sunken, curving veranda where clusters of seats, chairs and tables have been set up for patrons to enjoy drinks or a meal. The lowered balcony ensures that the 180° views of the water are not obscured for the diners inside. Coincidentally, the seating includes the Huron sofa from West Elm which we featured last month.
The decor is elegantly rustic with a nautical theme prevailing throughout. The main dining room is open to the kitchen which extends over two floors and houses a wood-burning grill. There is a large central bar with banquettes for smaller meals or drinks, and a private room behind oversized double doors which is intended to be used as a dining room or meeting space. The exclamation point on the entire setting however must be the impressive artwork from the owners' private collection and which includes pieces by Nelson Mandela, Andy Warhol, Shepard Fairey, Speedy Graphito and Wang Guangyi.
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