Restaurants & Bars Latin America & Caribbean

Grand Cayman

hipquest | | Feb 3, 2008 11:37 AM

There is not a lot of info on Grand Cayman so I thought I would share some quick thoughts on our recent visit. Part of our trip was company sponsored (I'll mark those events w/ CS) and we stayed a few extra days. We stayed at the Westin Causarina Resort, great place if you want an ocean view room (as opposed to the Ritz where those rooms/condos are only available to owners.)

1/23-Welcome reception, catered by the Westin-Very nice spread, conch chowder, raw bar with steamed shrimp, mussels and oysters on the half, snapper, chicken, veggies, beef casserole (actually more of a stew), plantains too name a few plus a dessert spread and a bonfire on the beach for smores. Quite good considering they were feeding 200 people. CS

1/24-Dine Around-we had a choice of 6 restaurants and chose The Wharf, we had a limited menu to choose from-Turtle Soup, very good; salad-as advertised and good, Filet and shrimp-pretty good. The service was excellent as was the setting. We checked out the regular menu and decided we might come back again. CS

1/25-Awards dinner-Food was ok. I do not recommend a sit down dinner for 200. CS

1/26-Deckers (based on opinions from those who went for the Dine Around)-WOW! I had lobster rolls(think spring roll) very good, Curry Pumpkin Soup-yum, Pork Tenderloin w/Gnocchi in a pesto cream sauce-excellent! We were all sampling from each other and everything was very good.

1/27-The Wharf-My trio of crab app was great, my husband loved the lobster bisque while our 2 dining companions hated it-this bisque is done in a very traditional way as opposed to most in the US. My steak was very good, my husbands turtle steak was underwhelming , but he had to try it. He said it tasted a lot like overcooked beef. Again service was very good.

1/28-Our own dine around-Eats (where we had breakfast nearly every day) what a deal and great food! Then into the rental car to explore. Lunch at Rum Point, a beach bar-type place, sandwiches-mine Jerk Pork and husbands some sort of fish he liked. Nice service and a great place to people watch. Snack (driving and riding is hungry work) The Lighthouse-we arrived just as they were opening and got THE best table, all alone right on the ocean. Bread, Conch chowder, a caeser salad to share and classic shrimp cocktail, all very good and excellent service. Onto dinner at Fisherman's Reef, another WOW! My husband's mussels app prompted him to say "If that's the best thing I eat here then I'm happy." Then he received his stuffed Caribbean Lobster. (We are now the proud adoptive parents of this recipe and will soon be having a dinner party. :) ) Excellent service and the chef/owner is a charmer.

1/29- One final breakfast at Eats and we have to fly home. If you visit Grand Cayman and would like a snack for the plane have it prepared by your hotel or a place like Eats, the snack bar (there's only one) sandwiches are way overpriced and AWFUL . However, the liquor is cheap.

Things to keep in mind, a lot of food is very salty (maybe something to do with the climate), the people are, for the most part, very friendly. Be nice and they will treat you very well. If going to The Wharf ask for Erich, at Eats ask for Katherine, at The Westin-pool or beach side request ViVi.

We can't wait to return to Grand Cayman.

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