Latin spirit at Ernestos

A new lounge and restaurant is offering a unique dining, drinking and dancing experience in Cayman

Offering ‘Latin Spirit’, Ernestos’ blends tasty Latin-inspired fare, music and all-round atmosphere, with an elegant and modern bar and fine-dining establishment.

Located at The Strand, on West Bay Road, the venue’s sumptuous decor and elegant interior is created by Cuban designer Vladeimir Vlaco.

The dark red walls and heavy wood furniture ooze style and sophistication, while at the same time offers an ideal place to kick back, relax and enjoy Latin hospitality at its best.

‘We want to offer people a complete Latin immersion,’ Frank McField, one of Erenstos’ four owners said.

Designed to offer guests a complete experience with a bar, lounge, dining area, dance floor and even cigar room, the 3,000 sq ft venue aims to offer something for everyone, be it an intimate meal for two, a drink with friends, dancing the night away, or enjoying a cigar in good company, Mr. McField explained.

A plethora of Latin-inspired music flows from the venue’s sound system and the staff are happy to show you the rumba, some salsa steps or even the meringue and samba. Planned also are live bands from Cuba and Latin America for a truly authentic feel.

The Latin-inspired menu offers a refreshing alternative. Try Chilapitas Variada Tierra Y Mar – corn flour shells stuffed with shrimps, smoked chicken and fresh cheese, served with Pico Di Gallo salsa and guacamole – for starters and Costiallas De Cerdo – roasted pork ribs glazed with a guava marinade – for mains, all at prices that won’t leave you reeling.

‘We have tried to keep pricing down,’ Mr. McField said. ‘Although Ernestos’ has the feeling and atmosphere of a high-class venue, we didn’t want to charge high prices.’

The restaurant currently caters to the lunch and dining crowd, however, Mr. McField added that in the future they also hope to be able to offer breakfast as well as a tapas menu and daily chef’s specials.

As well as a hearty menu the bar will also specialise in fine wines, from Spain, Italy, Chile, California and France.

Mr. McField came up with the original idea of a Cuban style restaurant to and co-partner Sebastian Sanchez, who has since gone on to develop this concept, created Ernestos’.

‘The concept has been growing for a number of years now,’ Mr. McField said. ‘There is definitely a gap in the market for something like Ernestos’.

‘The original idea was to offer only Cuban fare, but this has since been developed and we have created a whole new Latin spirit.’

Ernestos’ is open 11.30am to midnight Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Sunday and shuts at 1pm all other days. Lunch is served 1.30am to 3pm and 6pm to 9pm everyday. Contact Ernestos on 945-3108.