This page contains archived news items from the Cayman Good Taste website.
|Time to be well fed on New Year's Eve!||Feelin' Festive Cayman?|
Beach House is hosting a fabulous New Year's Eve gourmet dinner this year, plus the Westin Grand Cayman Seven Mile Beach Resort & Spa is having a special toes-in-the-sand dinner party on the beach! Check out our promotions page for more on restaurants hosting special New Year's Eve events!
Dreaming of a slow roasted bird... or maple-glazed ham or savoury "Cayman-style" beef? Whatever your culinary style for the holiday season, you won't have to sweat over a hot stove to eat well! Call Grand Old House or Ferdinand's today if you want a scrumptious Christmas Day brunch!
|Happy 50th Lighthouse!||Thanksgiving coming soon...|
The iconic restaurant is celebrating it's 50th anniversary in November 2016. Beloved by visitors and locals alike, The Lighthouse in the breezy seaside village of Breakers will be offering 50% off dinner and beverages every Saturday for the entire month of November! No wonder they are a Cayman favourite... Happy Anniversary to Captain G and the entire Lighthouse family from the Good Taste team!
Gobble, gobble... American thanksgiving and Cayman's very own thanksgiving day celebration all happens in the month of November. Check out our sister site Explore's event calendar for all the latest thanksgiving celebrations.
|Hello October!||Need Liquid Therapy?|
From the first of October, Cayman foodies begin lining up at the top restaurants in order to take advantage of all the fix price menus on offer during Restaurant month. As a proud sponsor of Cayman's Restaurant Month, Good Taste will be giving away FREE meals to winners of October's trivia sweeps. Click this link to sign up to win today!
Cayman Cocktail Week will kick-off October 21 to October 28, closing out the month with a liquor fueled bang! Cayman's innovative mixologist will be serving up the most colourful drinks imaginable. Find out more by following this link!
|Attention Curry Lovers!|| Love Food?|
Curry fans can look forward to a new opening that will expand the South Asian offerings within Cayman's growing culinary scene. Later this year Pani Indian Kitchen will open along Camana Bay's Waterfront next to Mizu. Watch this space for more details....
Cayman Foodies, have you checked out the many food focused events happening around the Island? There's always something new taking place every month, so don't miss out! Follow Cayman Good Taste on Facebook or check out our events page.
|Attention Steak Lovers|| New Restaurants on the Horizon...|
The new and highly anticipated Margaritaville Resort in Cayman will open in the old Treasure Island property later in 2016. Yara, an upmarket steakhouse will be one of the Resort's flagship restaurants and will have a hip, lounge atmosphere with a live DJ. Read more about the new Margaritaville Resort on Cayman Resident's Cayman Outlook.
Foodies in Cayman can look forward to three new restaurants opening in the new Kimpton Seafire Resort at the end of 2016. We hear restaurants Ave and Avecita will have upscale dining and Coccoloba, an outdoor bar, will be a casual spot.
|Say Good Bye to July!|| BBQ Street Food Beach side?|
The Bistro in Cayman is saying good bye to July in grand style on Saturday, 30 July. (They will close for the month of August and reopen on 1 September 2016.) From 5pm to 7pm get 50% off ALL drinks while dining on a sumptuous 4-course French prix-fixe menu! Call (345) 623 6666 to book your table today!
The BBQ Street Food Fair kicks off at Veranda in Grand Cayman's Marriott every Friday night on the beach! BBQ Baby Back Pork Ribs, Smoked Beef Brisket plus more will be served. There will be live music too! Call (345) 949 0088 for more details.
|Salty's opens in Grand Harbour!|| Qupé Wine Dinner at Ragazzi|
Serving classic, hearty pub fare, Salty's Sports Bar & Grill opens in Cayman's Grand Harbour on Friday, 15 July, 2016. There will be live music, a bouncing castle for the kids and loads to eat and drink. Call (345) 333 1944 for more details!
Ragazzi along with Premier Wines will be hosting a four-course wine dinner on Tuesday, 19 July, 2016. Each delectable course, prepared by Chef Luca Cocchieri, will be paired with Qupé wine from one of California's premier wine growing regions, Santa Barbara County. Call (345) 935 3484 to book today!.
|La Dolce Vita Closes||Say Good Bye to the Cuisine of the Sun|
Known for its authentic Italian cuisine and stunning views of the George Town harbour, La Dolce Vita closed in May 2016. The restaurant was run by locally renowned Italian Chef Ercole Musso.
Ortanique, one of Camana Bay's flagship restaurants will close its doors at the end of June 2016. Ortanique, a strong favourite on the foodie scene, beloved for its fresh innovative take on local cuisine, will be surely missed.
|Savour the South at Camana Bay||Mother's Day in May|
Award winning chefs Mike Lata and Edward Lee, will be arriving in from Charleston and Louisville respectively, to cook up smokin' southern classics for Camana Bay's famous Slow Food Day. Farm-to-table dishes feature bold flavours: Smoked Beef Brisket with local seasoning pepper sauce, Pan-roasted Local Snapper with smoked tomato creole sauce, Smoked Local Goat slathered in a mango barbecue sauce. Hungry yet? Make it a date night on Saturday, 16 April.
Do not forget to treat all the deserving mothers in your life to a proper meal on Mother's Day. Top restaurants around Grand Cayman will be offering delectable Mother's Day brunches and bubbles on May 8th. Watch this space and of course the Good Taste Facebook page for more.
|Sommeliers Standoff at Agua! ||New menu at The Bistro|
Dueling Sommeliers Peter Bedocs from Catch and Fabio Sordinelli from Agua will be pouring the best wines from Jacques Scott Wines & Spirits to accompany a special four-course dinner designed by Agua's Chef Roman Klienrath on Tuesday, 12 April, 2016. Who will serve the best glass? Call 949 2482 to make a booking. You don't want to miss this event!
Avez-vous faim? That is, are you hungry? Cayman's favourite authentic French restaurant, The Bistro has added even more deliciousness to their already outstanding menu. New dishes include a Seafood Bouilabaisse that is served fresh daily.
|Cooking Series with Tamer Soliman||Budding Chef Classes in April!|
Foodie, nutritionist and documentary maker, Tamer Soliman will be hosting a one of a kind cooking experience where coconut lovers will learn to prepare three coconut inspired dishes. Tamer will also give a lecture on cooking techniques and the nutritional benefits of coconuts. Sipping on the coconut rum cocktails on offer will surely keep you focused! Class Dates: April 28, May 26 and June 29. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for details!
Do you have a budding chef at home who would like to hone their skills? Bon Vivant is offering an after school cooking programme for tweens (ages 9 - 13) every Tuesday beginning on 12 April 2016. These classes are designed to inspire budding chefs to be thoughtful about what they eat, learn basic cooking concepts and have fun in the kitchen! Call 623 COOK (2665) for more details!
|A La Ke-VROOM in West Bay!||Prix Fixe Menu at Beach House!|
Zooming into the heart of West Bay is everyone's favourite Kebab Truck! The A La Ke-Vroom Kebab Truck will be parked across from the West Bay Fosters daily (except Sundays) from 5pm to midnight! Click the menu link for dinner ideas tonight!
Don't miss out on this fantastic deal now happening at one of Cayman's top restaurants... The famous Beach House at the Westin is offering a three-course Prix Fixe Menu for CI$49 per person, Friday to Monday!
|Easter Brunchin'?||A 'proper' Pub in Camana Bay!|
Easter holiday is just around the corner and if you don't plan on camping out this year, you will need to get a jump on other plans... Yes, we mean brunch! There are many Easter brunches being hosted by the Island's top restaurants. Check out the Good Taste Facebook page for Five days of Easter Brunch!
In early March 2016, The Kings Head, a Victorian themed pub, opened on The Crescent in Camana Bay. Pop in for a pint and pet the pub's English bull-dog Winston!
|The Greenhouse is BACK!||Red Sky at Night in February|
The Greenhouse, a paleo-friendly cafe has reopened in the heart of George Town. Located in the Digicel Building across from Rackam's, the cafe also specialises in gluten-free and vegetarian fare. Pop in for a for one of their thin-crust, hand rolled gluten-free pizzas today!
It's that time of year again... On Saturday, 28 February the extensive grounds surrounding the Harquail Theatre will be awash in hundreds of twinkling lights. Celebrating local arts, music and culture, this event is not to be missed. Delicious local dishes will also be sold. Check out our sister site Explore Cayman for details.
|A Family Fun-Filled Day in February!||Got Valentine's Day sorted?|
The 49th annual Agriculture Show kicks off at 7.30am on Wednesday, 10 February 2016! Get there early to get first dibs on local fruit trees, locally made arts and crafts and of course superbly delicious local dishes. Catch up with friends while sipping a fresh coconut water on bouncing castles, petting zoo and the horse back rides through the grounds!
Stay tuned to Good Taste's Facebook page and this site's promotion page for the latest happenings on Valentine's Day! If nothing meets your fancy, simply browse all the great restaurants found on the Cayman Good Taste website to figure out where you'll be dining on cupid's biggest day.
|Classes for Tween Chefs||The Dog House Reopens|
Bon Vivant in Camana Bay is offering an after school culinary programme for your budding chefs in January, February and March. Tweens will learn basic cooking concepts and skills while creating delicious dishes.
In January 2016, local favourite The Dog House reopened in Grand Harbour. Residents of Prospect and the greater Savannah area will now have a 'local' to watch big sporting events and socialise. Hearty pub eats and spirits from the full service bar can be enjoyed outdoors and indoors. There are also whispers that a new Asian fusion restaurant will be popping up in Grand Harbour later this year. Stay tuned...
|Culinary Events - 2016!||New coffee shop opens!|
It's time to start 2016 with a food-filled bang! Two major culinary events kick off in January: Cayman Cookout and Taste of Cayman. Better get those tickets early and of course hold off on following all those dietary resolutions until February!
Need a cuppa? Cayman Coffee Club, a new coffee shop, opened in the heart of George Town. Located across from the scenic waterfront and open from Monday to Saturday at 7am to 6pm, this new spot also serves fresh pressed juices, housemade pastries and healthy snacks.
|Osetra Bay reopens in Morgans Harbour...||China Village is BACK!|
Elegant waterfront restaurant, Osetra Bay, has reopened with a new and relaxed approach. Focusing on seasonal and local produce and fresh seafood, the menu has many creative Caribbean-style dishes. Click the link above for more details!
China Village, everyone's lunch time favourite is now open for business after suffering a major setback early this year due to an electrical fire. They are still offering their famous dim sum every Sunday!
|HOT off the press!||Holy Chef!|
Christmas has come early for Acorn Publishing... the 2016 edition of Cayman's Good Taste Magazine has arrived and is now available at news stands around the Island! Pick up your copy today to find out the latest on the hottest restaurants on Cayman's culinary scene! Good Taste is after all the definitive guide to dining and entertainment in the Cayman Islands!
Want to know just how serious a deal Poutine is in Canada? Check out Chef Dylan Benoit's interview in the 2016 edition of Good Taste Magazine! Inside you will also find other great interviews with an international brigade of head chefs: Ragazzi's Adriano Usini, Eduardo's Andrea Turco and The Wharf's Christian Reiter!
|Take a Trip to Bombay in the East||New, Fresh & Tasty|
Set to open its doors in October 2012, Chef Remy's new venture, Bombay Chopsticks, will bring Indian-Chinese cuisine to the East End. With an emphasis on fresh ingredients and local produce, Chef Remy's Asian fusion cuisine will be a welcome addition to Cayman's culinary scene. Call (345) 947 7278 or visit www.bombaychopsticks.ky.
Cayman's health conscious have cause to celebrate with the opening of Fresh & Tasty in September 2012 on Elgin Avenue (opposite the GAB and Cricket Square). Boasting delicious non-dairy, vegetarian and gluten-free dishes,the menu changes weekly and is created with your health in mind. Try their specialty french dessert, 'Verrines' made with tofu for guilt-free pleasure! Call (345) 943 3000 or check them out on facebook.
|Cayman Restaurant Summer Hours||Food For Thought .... For Lunch!|
School might be back after the summer break but some of Cayman's restauranteurs are taking a well-deserved break over Cayman's characteristically low period. Check out our list of restaurants for closures and summer hours.
Our foodie staff love the new lunch menu at Food For Thought, they have some particularly tasty vegetarian options and will deliver to your office door!
|Industrial Park welcomes Mr. Burgers||Roland's Garden closed|
New to Industrial Park in early July, Mr. Burgers is the perfect place to grab a burger over lunch. Expect local and American casual food at a reasonable price. Call in or place an order online at email@example.com.
|The Waterfront - Coming Soon!||Nectar Back in Business|
Camana Bay's landscape is set to change again with the imminent arrival of The Waterfront urban diner. Serving well-made American classics, the new establishment will be open for breakfast, lunch and late-night 7 days a week. Watch this space for more news!
|Subway in East End||Neptune and Nectar closed|
Sadly, Neptune closed its doors in February 2012. We'll keep you posted on any plans to re-invent the restaurant. Nectar is also currently closed for renovations and we hope to see the martini and sushi bar back in operation soon!
|Dunkin' Donuts now at ESSO||Agricultural Show 2012 a success!|
Dunkin' Donuts have expanded from four to ten locations in Cayman with the opening of brand outlets at six ESSO gas stations across the island. ESSO locations will serve a selection of hot and ice coffee, doughnuts, cookies and sandwiches and with some open 24/7, you'll be able to grab a 'Dunkin' on the run' anytime. Two of the Dunkin' Donuts outlets have also moved: the George Town location from Flagship to Anderson Square and the previous Lawrence Boulevard store has moved to The Strand. Click here for contact information.
One of Cayman's biggest community events, this year's 44th Annual Agricultural Show, was a resounding success and attracted thousands of visitors. The show represents all things 'Cayman' with a variety of local food producers, livestock, tasting stalls, kids' activities and information booths. Traditionally held on Ash Wednesday, its always a great day out!
|Jacques Scott opens in East End||The Cafe @ ALTs closed|
Jacques Scott has regretfully closed down operations at its North Church store. However, the good news is that Jacques Scott Wines and Spirits has opened in the Morritts Shopping Plaza, Queen's Highway.
Regretfully, The Cafe at A.L. Thompson's has closed its operations. There are currently no plans to re-open a cafe in the store.
|Full of Beans ||What's new at Camana Bay|
Full of Beans is glad to welcome its new operational manager, William Binnicker to the team. FOB continues to enjoy a strong following with many residents stopping by as part of their daily routine for coffee, breakfast, lunch or a freshly baked slice of heaven!
Take some time to enjoy a well-deserved treat at one of these new arrivals for 2012 in Camana Bay: Jessie’s Juice Bar (345) 949 2012 – fresh, made to order fruit and vegetable juices and nutritious treats; Frosted Robin Cupcakes (345) 943 2253 – unique, gourmet cupcakes and exotic loose-leaf teas; Ginger Lily Frozen Yoghurt (345) 946 9589 – delicious frozen yoghurt served with gourmet toppings. KARoo (345) 623 6633 – international cuisine with a Caribbean twist; inspired small plates and crisp designer cocktails.
|Taste of Cayman 2012 winners!||Bella Roma opens its doors|
Congratulations to the winners of this year’s Taste of Cayman 2012 categories: Cayman’s Favourite Restaurant: Agua Restaurant; Best Booth: Breezes by the Bay/ Chicken! Chicken!/ Cimboco; Best Food: Periwinkle at the Ritz-Carlton; Best Dessert: Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink; Best Drink: Seven Fathoms.
Bella Roma cafe, pizzeria and delicatessen in Buckingham Square opened its doors in December 2011. Claudio Sarfati and his team have taken over the old Azzurro location and are pleased to bring you authentic Italian recipes served with a modern twist. They have also extended the outdoor dining area where they invite you to share an "aperitivo". Drop in sometime and sample their amazing Italian pastries, homemade focaccia, imported cheeses and other delicacies. We recommend the ‘cicchetti’ (Italian style tapas), but click Bella Roma in Cayman for the full menu.
|New Caribbean cuisine||Italian Kitchen in North Side|
Blue Cilantro, the much-anticipated, upscale offering from Chef Shetty, is the newest arrival on the Seven Mile strip. Chef Shetty joined the Hyatt Regency in Cayman in 1994 and is currently the President of the Culinary Society. Chef Shetty’s food reflects his goal to encourage Cayman chefs to create “authentic contemporary Caribbean” dishes and fuses French and Mediterranean cuisine with a good measure of Indian and Caribbean flavours.Check out their latest menu at Blue Cilantro in Cayman.
Local legend, Donny Lloyd, brings the same creative flair that led to the success of the Reef Grill to his latest venture to Cayman, the Italian Kitchen. Nestled in the North Side, across from the Morritt’s Resort, this archetypal Italian bistro welcomes visitors and locals with its warm, ‘family’ atmosphere. A thoughtfully prepared and reasonably priced menu gives a fresh spin on classic Italian dishes and is a great excuse for a road trip! Call (345) 949 8210 for reservations.
|Cayman Culinary Month||New look for Good Taste 2012|
The 2012 Cayman Culinary Month once again succeeded in delighting foodies, gourmands and oenophiles across the Island. The Cayman Cookout kick-started the festival with elaborate tastings, cooking demonstrations, culinary tours, dinners and brunches hosted by internationally acclaimed chefs and the Island’s most notable restaurants. The celebrations continued with The Taste of Cayman Food & Wine Festival showcasing the talents of local chefs and Cayman’s eclectic cuisine. Mark your calendars for next year as we look forward to Cayman Culinary Month 2013!
We have local artist, Hannah Cook, to thank for the bright, new look of Good Taste 2012 which arrived in Cayman in December 2011. Her vibrant, magical style was the perfect choice to bring our cover to life this year. Sit back and browse our pages in preparation for your next date night! Click here to check out Hannah Cook’s fabulous portfolio.
|Taste of Cayman 2012 - save the date!||The perfect XQ's|
Buy your tickets early for The Taste of Cayman Food & Wine Festival at Camana Bay. The festival is in its 24th year and promises to be even bigger and better in 2012. Visit www.tasteofcayman.org for ticketing and event details.
Occupying the old Mezza restaurant location, XQ’s (pronounced “Excuse”) brings authentic Italian cuisine to Seven Mile Beach. The original wood burning pizza oven is already proving to be an instant hit. Owner, Alvaro Quintas and General Manager, Martin Pilat, have a simple strategy; to provide great, affordable food and friendly staff. To view the menu and more, click XQ’s in Cayman.
|KARoo opens in Camana Bay||Roland's Garden new location|
KARoo in Cayman is the fourth restaurant owned by seasoned restaurateurs, Marcus Mueri and Neil Bryington. Located by the Crescent in the heart of Camana Bay, KARoo is an "entertainment destination where cosmopolitan urbanism meets the charm of the Caribbean". The restaurant has been designed so that every table has a great view of the Harbour and you can enjoy Tapas/Small Plates as a snack, or create a delicious dinner with multiple small plates.
Roland's Garden has been a local success in the East End since 2004 and Chef Roland welcomes you to his new location on Seven Mile Beach. There is no set menu in the “Dinner Garden”; bring your favourite bottle of wine and enjoy a five or six course dinner in the fully screened outdoor seating, surrounded by lush greenery. The German-inspired "Beer Garden" is a more casual affair, offering a simple menu and selection of local and imported beers. Click Roland’s Garden in Cayman for details.
|Good Taste 2011 hits the streets||New Sports Bar in Cayman|
The 2011 edition of Cayman’s premier dining guide hit the streets in December 2010. Meticulously researched by our restaurant-savvy staff, Good Taste 2011 is your definitive guide for the most up-to-date and comprehensive restaurant reviews, night life and entertainment listings on the Island. Pick up your copy today!
Club House Sports Bar & Grill opened in September 2011 and is the newest sports and entertainment hot spot on the Seven Mile strip and occupies the old Changs location. Club House extends the “House” brand which already includes the Brick House, the Dog House, the Brew House and Our House! A state of the art TV and sound system make Club House a must for all sporting and PPV events including Premier League Football, NFL Sunday Ticket, NHL Centre Ice, College Game Day, UFC and Boxing. Click Club House in Cayman for more information.
|Ortanique arrives in Camana Bay||Chang's and Mezza closed |
Award-winning celebrity Chef Cindy Hutson and co-owner Delius Shirley of acclaimed Miami restaurant Ortanique on the Mile have arrived at The Crescent at Camana Bay – a much anticipated culinary partnership. Ortanique is a beautifully decorated plantation-style interior providing a casual elegance that is an expression of the owners’ vision of fine dining and their continued success. Click Ortanique in Cayman for more information.
Two recent closures on Seven Mile Road: Both Chang's and Mezza have closed their doors. We have no news as yet with regards to future plans so please watch this space.
|Michael's Genuine opens in Cayman||Peruvian influenced restaurant in Cayman|
Michael's Genuine in Cayman is now open for lunch and dinner. As the second major restaurant to open in Camana Bay, Michael's Genuine aims to serve "fresh, simple, pure and sustainable cuisine in a bistro atmosphere". The menu will have a Caymanian influence and fresh ingredients will be sourced from local Cayman farmers and the Chef's Garden in Camana Bay. Click here for more information and to make reservations at Michael's Genuine in Grand Cayman.
One of the latest restaurants to open in Cayman is Agua. The owners have completely renovated the old Cafe Med location on Seven Mile Beach and introduced a refreshingly new restaurant onto the Cayman restaurant scene. The owners of Agua, Walter and Christiano (both originally from Calypso Grill) have devised a Peruvian influenced seafood menu which features lots of delicious appetizers and slightly more contemporary tapas style 'spoons' so you can experience lots of different flavours. Click here for more information and reservations Agua in Cayman.
|Gourmet sushi at Ritz-Carlton||Deputy Premier receives 2010 Good Taste|
Connoisseurs of sushi will be pleased to hear that the Ritz-Carlton in Grand Cayman opened a gourmet sushi lounge. They offer possibly the most authentic sushi in Cayman and probably anywhere in the Caribbean. Not only do they use the finest ingredients but they grate real wasabi at your table. For more information including opening hours and a sample menu click here: Taikun.
The Honourable Julianna O’Connor-Connolly was delighted to have received the first 2010 Good Taste magazine and said, "It is such an excellent resource for both residents and visitors to choose from the diverse culinary options available in Cayman.” Click here for more details.
|South Beach comes to Cayman||Italian chef focuses on cooking|
People who are familiar with the crisp white tablecloths, fresh seafood and attentive service of South Beach restaurants in Florida, will welcome OsetraBay in Cayman which opened in the old location of Fisherman's Reef in West Bay. With its champagne bar and lounge, oysters, crab claws and other seafood delicacies OsetraBay is aimed at the discerning and more wealthy crowd in Cayman. To make dining at OsetraBay even more fulfilling you should arrive by boat! Click here for opening hours, menus and more: OsetraBay.
After closing the West Shore location we are pleased to announce that La Dolce Vita has reopened at a great new location with spectacular ocean views. Click here for opening hours, directions, menus and more: Dolce Vita.
|Nectar takes over from Sapphire||Angelo still cooking Indian food|
Nectar opened in Grand Cayman in the Summer of 2009 in the old location of Sapphire in the Seven Mile Beach shopping plaza. Boasting the largest martini list in the Cayman Islands, Nectar is a sushi and martini bar with a classy and stylish ambience which is popular with the 20's to 30's crowd. For more information, opening hours etc., click the following link, Nectar in Cayman.
Lovers of Indian food will have noticed that Bayside restaurant has closed. Angelo, the owner, just couldn't cope with the overheads of the restaurant and has downsized. He is now running the Old Gaol Cafe behind the National Museum in downtown George Town. The good news is that as well as his regular cafe fare, he is continuing to cook delicious Indian food which is also available as a takeout.
|Paradise for vegans||Real Caymanian cooking|
Being a vegan in Cayman, or even just a straight forward vegetarian, is not easy as there are not many dining choices available. However, if you have not already found Miss Janel at Roots Delight you need to visit her small take out restaurant in the Cayman Center. Her whole focus is centred around healthy living and eating and her Veggie wraps and smoothies are delicious. If you are a vegan, you won't be disappointed.
Many of the local restaurants in Cayman serve a mix of local dishes and West Indian or Jamaican dishes. However two restaurants that stand out are Driftwood and Everglo. Driftwood, just two miles from Rum Point, claims to be the only 'local' restaurant in Cayman offering real Caymanian cooking. Everglo, just after Bodden Town, offers a wider selection of Caribbean cooking but Buddy grows many of his ingredients locally. You will often be able to sample fresh juices or even purchase his own jams and jellies which makes a great alternative to more commercially available products.
|Vivendi - Cayman's first cabaret show!||Bed pulls up the covers for good|
Vivendi is Cayman's first cabaret show offering stunning performances with different dining options. Click here Vivendi in Cayman for reservations and more information. Those familiar with the Moulin Rouge will love this line-up. Vivendi arrived in Grand Cayman in January 2009 with over 20 talented artists performing fabulous musical pieces together with daring feats of human abilities.
Bed restaurant in Cayman sadly closed in November 2008 under the pretence of being refurbished. But here we are in March 2009 and the doors still remain firmly shut. The word on the street is that the owners are looking for new tenants to take on the lease. We will let you know as soon as we know anything!
|Good Taste 2009 - The most comprehensive guide yet!||Bayside open again|
The 2009 edtion of the Good Taste magazine arrived on the Island today (1st December 2008) and is the most comprehensive and up-to-date guide Cayman has ever seen. The restaurant, bar, café and events sections have all expanded and 14 brand new establishments, that have opened in the last six months, have been added. The magazine is the most widely disributed magazine on the Island and can be pick up for free from over 350 different locations. Click here for more information.
Curry lovers will be pleased to hear that the Indian restaurant Bayside (in George Town) has just reopened on 12th January 2009, after undergoing refurbishments for the last three months. Angelo, the owner, cooks delicious authentic Indian dishes and as developed a very loyal customer base over the last five years. The popular lunch buffet will be available again from Monday to Friday. Click here for more information about Bayside in Cayman.
|Rum Point Restaurant open for dinner||Ray Ray's Jerk Stand|
The Rum Point Restaurant in Cayman Kai has finally reopened (5th December 2008) in one of the most idyllic settings in Cayman. The restaurant is open for dinner and is bright, colourful and Caribbean both in its decor and its menu. For a real treat take the Red Sail catamaran from Savehaven Dock at 5:30pm. For reservations call (345) 947 9412 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting (345) 947 9412end_of_the_skype_highlighting or click Rum Point Restaurant Cayman for more details.
If you are looking for a late night snack on Seven Mile Beach and 'jerk' is what you are craving for, then the recently opened Ray Ray's is worth a visit. Located just at the front of Aqua Beach it serves food from 9pm to 3am and used to be called Lyrics. Click Ray Ray's for more information.
|Cblu - Cayman's latest bar||Al La Kebab opens downtown|
Cblu is the latest, and one of the trendiest, outdoor bars in Cayman. Recently opened in the Fall of 2008 it has fabulous views across George Town harbour and serves "locally influenced" tapas and sushi dishes. They also offer a range of delicious iced martinis. Click Cblu for more information and to find out where they are located!
The ever popular Al La Kebab has expanded its healthy fast-food empire by opening its second location - this time in downtown George Town. The only difference to the Seven Mile Beach location is that they are open for breakfast from 6.30am and now that Fort Street Market has closed they are quickly becoming the new fast-food dining place in town. For more details click Al La Kebab.
|Rockfish replaces Harry's||Durty Reid's - End of an Era?|
Harry's Caribbean Bar and Grill used to have a reputation as a great local restaurant and bar, but sadly, for personal reasons, the restaurant had to be shutdown. Luckily however the Rockfish Lounge has taken its place and continues to offer a fun and lively local bar and restaurant with an updated and affordable menu. Click Rockfish for more information.
Durty Reid's has been an institution for Caymanians since 1989, but its forced relocation, due to infrastructure improvements (namely the extension of the road to Savannah and the bulldozing of the Red Bay Plaza (July 07)) has not gone well. After one year at Pedro St. James, (Durty) Reid Dennis threw in the towel (Nov 08) as his clientele significantly dropped off during the week. Watch this space and we will inform you as soon as we know if Durty Reid's will be revived to live another day.
|Abacus finally opens in Camana Bay||Cayman's newest Italian restaurant|
After months of anticipation Abacus in Grand Cayman opened its doors on the 21st May 2008. The brain-child of Markus Mueri and Neil Bryington, Abacus is the first restaurant to open in the new prestigious Camana Bay development. Now open for lunch and dinner (except Sundays) their menus are fresh and contemporary. Call them on (345) 623 8282 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting (345) 623 8282end_of_the_skype_highlighting for reservations. Click Abacus in Cayman for more information.
The Post restaurant in Cayman recently opened in the West Shore Centre. Chef and owner Ercole Musso's vision is to re-create an authentic Italian dining experience with everything being freshly prepared. Chef Ercole was taught to cook at the tender age of six by his Italian grandmother and owned his own restaurant in Italy before moving to Cayman in 2005. For reservations call the Post on (345) 946 7678 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting (345) 946 7678end_of_the_skype_highlighting.
|Cayman's first rum||Good Taste reaches 1 million hits|
Co-Founders Michael Kennedy, Nelson Dilbert and Walker Romanica launched a new Cayman Islands Rum on 1st May 2008, called Seven Fathoms. Uniquely the rum is matured underwater and will be marketed in the super premium category. Walker Romanica said, "we are able to take advantage of the kinetic properties of the ocean tides and currents to create a very unique flavour profile and a remarkably smooth rum". Refined locally in Cayman, Seven Fathoms has taken several years to come to the market and initially will only be available in small quantities.
The Good Taste website reached a new milestone of a million hits per month in January 2008. Charles Grover, Publishing Director at Acorn Publishing attributed the huge increase in visitors to the partnership with the Cayman Islands Department of Tourism and the fact that the website has become recognised as the most comprehensive source of dining information in the Cayman Islands. Click here for more information.
|Good Taste promotes Cayman as "Culinary Capital"||Davie Jones Locker changes hands|
Pillar Bush, the Cayman Islands Director of Tourism, received the first copy of the 2008 Good Taste magazine, Cayman's most comprehensive dining and entertainment guide, and said that it was encouraging to see local enterprise help promote Cayman as the culinary capital of the Caribbean. The magazine has been completely updated and provides information on restaurants, bars and coffee shops in Grand Cayman. The magazine also includes a new section on Event Planning. Look out for complementary copies in shopping plazas, hotels, condos, car rental agencies, supermarkets, at the airport and other distribution points around the Island. Click here for more information.
From Friday 8th February 2008 Davie Jones Locker will be renamed the Dog House. This continues the theme of two other restaurants in Grand Harbour called the Brick House and the Brew House and is now the third restaurant in the area owned by Harry Lalli. The menu will be changed but otherwise it will continue to be a sports bar. Watch this space for more information.
|New Steakhouse opens||Antica Gelateria reopens!|
Prime, Cayman's latest restaurant on Grand Cayman, opened its doors on Monday 12th November 2007. Located in Governor's Square, Prime is no ordinary steakhouse - it is a new type of dining experience based on a Brazilian Churrascaria Steakhouse. For more information and reservations click on the following link: Prime in Grand Cayman.
Fans of gelato (Italian icecream) will be pleased to hear that Antica Gelateria has reopened its doors after being closed for just over two months. Antica will be kept in the family and run by Robert Escalante's parents. The original owners, Robert and Jessica Escalante, will start delighting new customers in Italy when they open a new shop there rather than Orlando, which was the original plan!
|Caribbean Rundown winner||Now you see it, now you don't!|
Sean Collins, from Mise en Place, won the Top Chef-style competition at the recent Caribbean Rundown culinary extravaganza held at The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman, on 5-7 October 2007. The final three contestants, Sean Collins, Glenovan Balfore and Paul Furze were given a mystery basket filled with local produce, including fish, and one hour to produce three courses. Mr. Collins has won a week being trained in the kitchen at Le Bernardin, a Michelin three star restaurant, in New York. The panel of judges included Eric Ripert from The Ritz-Carlton, Michael Laiskonis from Le Bernardin and the winner of the James Beard Outstanding Pastry Chef award for 2007.
Cheers Lounge and Restaurant must take the record for the shortest time a restaurant has ever been open for on Grand Cayman! The restaurant was open for less than three months before a disagreement between its new owners, Gary Bodden and Victor Johnson, forced the restaurant to close. Cheers occupied the old Ernestos restaurant location in the Strand Shopping Centre.
|Luca opens with a bang||Good Taste now official DOT partner|
The new, and much anticipated Italian restaurant Luca on Grand Cayman opened on Thursday 18th July 2007, following a huge opening party the night before when almost 600 people enjoyed cocktails, wine and canapés. The restaurant is owned by Andi Marcher and Paolo Polloni and is situated on the ground floor of the Caribbean Club on Seven Mile Beach. The owners have gone to considerable lengths to create a fabulous dining experience. Click here for details and full menu for Luca in Cayman.
The Cayman Islands Department of Tourism and Good Taste have gone into partnership to promote Cayman as the best culinary destination in the Caribbean. The partnership involves using the Good Taste website as the official partner website for bar, coffee shop and restaurant information for the Cayman Islands and so anyone seeking this type of information on the DOT website will be directed to the Good Taste website. Click here for full story.
|Durty Reid's moves to Pedro St. James||Ernestos' closes|
Many rumours have been circulating about Durty Reid's in Cayman recently. Sadly the old Durty Reid's restaurant, in Red Bay Plaza, Grand Cayman was bulldozed on 28th July 2007 to make way for the new by-pass being built to Bodden Town. However we can confirm that they have now moved to Pedro St. James and are not moving into the current Black Pearl Galley or Davie Jones Locker locations as has been widely reported.
After a promising opening in March 2006, Ernestos' has now closed for good. The concept of bringing Latin food to Cayman was a good one and many would agree that the decor was great, but the restaurant never seemed to generate any momentum. The owner, Dr. Frank McField, said that the costs of running the restaurant were crippling, particular the rent, but we believe the fundamental problem was that the majority of the Cuban wait-staff struggled to be understood.
|Cracked Conch - open for business||Casanova - bigger and better|
Cracked Conch had a weak opening at the end of 2006 but is now fully open for business. Locals had been watching the extensive renovations that had been going on since the restaurant was closed in August 2005. The new owner, Craig Peck, has assured that the restaurant retains it's old charm but has just been brought into the 21st century! Click here for more details about Cracked Conch.
Tony Crescente and the team at Casanova's have finally opened the “new” Casanova Restaurant in the heart of George Town ... The restaurant is much bigger than the pre-Ivan restaurant and boasts up to three times the waterfront dining capacity. When we asked Tony, the proprietor of Casanova’s, what is different about the new place he said, “other than a brand new 2 story building with a new second story waterfront patio we promise the same great food, in a friendly bustling atmosphere”.
Good Taste 2007 Arrives
|Bed - An old favourite|
Governor Stuart Jack received the first copy of the 2007 Good Taste magazine. Joanna Boxall, the owner of Acorn Publishing, presented the magazine to the Governor who said that he would use it to visit some of the new restaurants that have open in Cayman. The 2007 edition of the Good Taste magazine is the most comprehensive "Dining and Entertainment" guide Cayman has ever seen listing over 100 of the most popular bars, restaurants and coffee shops in Grand Cayman. Click here for more information.
After a two year absence, Bed Restaurant and Lounge has reappeared in a different location. Now the restaurant is located at Treasure Island and promotes the same ambience as the original restaurant - intimacy, raised booths (so that you feel like you are in your own 4 poster bed), and an eclectic Asian inspired cuisine. Definitely worth a visit!
Cayman Pirates Week 2007
Pirates Week in Grand Cayman is an annual event which, this year, runs for 11 full days from 8-18 November 2007. This spectacular festival is ideal for all the family and includes: fireworks; a pirates landing when the Cayman Islands Governor is kidnapped; street parades; sporting events; and heritage days. Click here for more information Cayman Pirates Week.
After much contemplation the owners of Stax have decided to pull the plug (Summer 2007). While the sign on the door says that the restaurant will be closed for a 'few days' the reality is that it will be a little longer! The fortunes of the restaurant were not helped by major renovations to West Shore Plaza which meant that many people thought the place was closed for two months during the high season.
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