Located in Breakers and just a few of minutes east of Turtle Nest Inn & Condos, this oceanfront restaurant offers a relaxing atmosphere and very good local cuisine at affordable prices. It’s in fact just a couple of hundred feet before the Lighthouse restaurant. This is one of few restaurants with tables right on the beach, literally at the water’s edge, illuminated by a gas torch permanently installed in the water!. There’s also an indoor dining room and bar. They have a delicious seared tuna with wakame salad among their appetizers; tasty lobster tail, juicy pork chops, as well as a couple of very good pasta dishes among their entrees, along with a decent selection of wine and beer.
Formerly Morgans Harbour Restaurant in West Bay, this favourite of ours is now relocated to the Cayman Islands Yacht Club; a convenient location to grab a bite to eat if you happen to have a catamaran tour in this vicniity. Their varied menu features something for every appetite, from sandwiches and an excellent jerk burger with melted Brie cheese, to an original chicken schnitzel and the freshest of fish caught by local fishermen — all excellently prepared and at very reasonable prices. Excluding drinks, it’s easy to get away with a filling meal at around CI$20, on the seaside terrace or indoors, both in an intimate and informal atmosphere. Open daily from 11:00am to 12:00am.
The Brasserie restaurant, hidden in Cricket Square (George Town), is a sleeper. In spite of the French name, the menu is eclectic, and includes affordable snack dishes, weekly “theme nights”, and full, classic dishes. However difficult to categorize, the cuisine at The Brasserie is imaginative, and a sure bet for a pleasant surprise, for lunch or dinner, is the daily fish/seafood specials — and Monday evening’s three-course meal for two with a bottle of wine, at CI$89 per couple, is a great deal. No culinary sampling of the island is complete without at least one visit. The tasteful “plantation” decor is a pleasant visual surprise, as well. Closed on weekends.
Luca, recently opened by the owners of Ragazzi on the ground-floor of the Caribbean Club, an upscale condo complex along West Bay Road, offers an impressive selection of Italian/Continental dishes in a very sleek interior. There’s a snazzy bar section and several outdoor tables overlooking a pool and Seven Mile Beach. Very good service and a superb wine list compliment the cuisine that already ranks among the island’s best. Recently tried dishes were the prosciutto e melone appetizer, the spinach salad, and as main courses, beef stroganoff pappardelle and the yellowfin tuna — all excellent.
Royal Palms boasts original, expertly-prepared cuisine, both for appetizers and main courses, as well as top-notch service and an extensive wine list. Excellent fish dishes (like their renowned sea bass), lamb and steak, and a couple of delicious pasta dishes –and the daily specials are always worth a try. A delicious and intriguing appetizer is the roasted garlic with black olive tapenade and flavored oils. Try for a table on the casual, outdoor garden terrace, or right above the beach bar — directly on Seven Mile Beach — and a good spot for live music and dancing.
Good food and service at a superb, oceanfront location in South Sound. The Grand Old House seems to present itself as a spot for “special occasions”, but it’s not any more costly than other upscale dining spots — and more worthy of its pretensions than many. It’s a big operation, with dining areas inside and out, and some of its marketing may suggest a “tourist trap”, but the food — continental and Caribbean fare — is consistently delicious, the service attentive and efficient, the choice of wine extensive, and the ambience most romantic. Check it out “on the cheap” at Thursday evening’s pasta buffet — CI$10, per person, with a wide choice of pasta/sauce combos.
Top-notch, Northern Italian cuisine with a Caribbean flair, and an extensive wine selection, expertly served in your choice of two large rooms (one with superb macaws and parrots, the other overlooking the lagoon) or on their screened, outdoor terrace. Pappagallo is situated in Barkers (West Bay), at the extreme northern tip of Grand Cayman, so count on about a 45-minute drive from Turtle Nest Inn. But the restaurant’s location, in a bird sanctuary beside a natural lake, like its thatched roof, is what makes dining here an exotic experience.