Grand Cayman dining
- susan waksman
Any suggestions for dining on Grand Cayman - both upscale dinner and local lunch places?
When we were there a few years ago, we ate at an "unoffical" restaurant named "Roland's Garden." Apparently Roland was some high end chef at a restaurant that is no longer, and tired of red tape, regulation, and inspection he opens his own garden to "friends" who come by and eat whatever it is that he is serving, and make a "donation" of whatever they thought the meal was worth. It was a really delightful and delicious experience. Bring your own wine - no liquor license (or any other as far as we knew).
If you have the time, go over to Little Cayman and have dinner with Gladys at Pirates Point, or lunch at the Hungry Iguana. You'll experience the real Cayman island flavor. Grand Cayman is overbuilt and has lost a lot of charm. Call Gladys first, sometimes she's too booked.
There are lots of good choices in Cayman. Unfortunately, my real favorites (Almond Tree and Crow's Nest) were destroyed by Ivan and have not been rebuilt. But, that said, we just got back and found a couple of new favorites. Paradise, just to the north of Eden Rock and just south of the harbor, had wonderfully seasoned turtle and great conch fritters. Since Sunset House (basically a dive hotel that is a great place for cocktails, snacks, lunch and watching the sunset) had a function, we ate at Paradise and watched the sunset there. Bacchus, in Georgetown, was pretty good on their all you can eat lobster night. The tails were ample and the thermidor was wonderful. The Lobster Pot and the Wharf are long time favorites.
Being from Texas, I have long been partial to the Lone Star: they had the best filet (with peppercorn) I have had on the island: tender and tasty. This is a great place for drinks, snacks, or a full diner.
All of major hotels (Ritz, Hyatt, Marriott, and Westin) have top notch restaurants, thought I stayed away from them.
On the way to the airport, we ate at the Hard Rock and it was great as well.
There are lots of other great places to east in Cayman. If you go home hungry, it will be your own fault or because your billfold has run out of money (like the 10 ounce US$20 hamburger ($14 CI + 25% to US + 15% tip) at the Hard Rock).
I remember the Almond Tree! The food was great! The original owners used to have slide shows of underwater scenes during dinner.
We loved Captain Morgan's Steakhouse (long gone, I think), where you grilled your own steak at the table.
The Lobster Pot was excellent. (prolly gone, too)
I haven't been to Grand Cayman in some years. Is the Grand Old House still around?
re: Sloppy eater
I HIGHLY (yes, in caps) recommend Calypso Grill, in West Bay overlooking Morgan's Harbor. Had two dinners there recently; one of them (I had crab cakes and sauteed wahoo, both off of the extensive daily specials board) was one of the best meals I have had anywhere in quite some time.