You can go back to nature and cook Easter lunch on the beach, cook it in the comfort of your own home or, best of all, have someone cook it for you. One of the great things about Cayman is brunch and each restaurant has something distinctive to offer in terms of ambience and food. The following is the Observer on Sunday’s pick of some of the best brunches around the Island at places that all put their unique spin on the brunch.
he Agua Restaurant and Lounge at the Galleria Plaza has just started doing Sunday brunches and the spread on offer is very impressive. You can sit inside or outside in a shaded area that evokes the ambience of an Italian restaurant garden. Agua’s big asset is that they have chefs of various nationalities that makes for a varied and authentic menu. Currently the restaurant boasts a Peruvian, Italian, Malaysian, Mexican and Austrian chef.
For their brunches Agua offers a huge variety of dishes to suit all palates from appetisers such as Peruvian ceviches, any combination of salads, a variety of breads, delicately made sushi, cold cuts and their speciality, oysters. Main courses include meat dishes such as Beef Wellington or fish dishes. Also with an Italian chef there is going to be pasta and you can sample one of the best home made lasagnes on Island. The desserts come in little glasses so you can sample three or four different tastes.
On the beach
They say location is everything and Tiki Beach certainly can count that as one of its many assets.
If you want to combine an elegant dining out experience and still enjoy that Caribbean feel of hanging out at the beach, try Tiki Beach. Manager Valentino describes the ambience as “barefoot elegance; you can come in stilettos or you can come in bare feet!” Their Caribbean Easter brunch has an international flavour with selections such as a Louisiana seafood gumbo with okra, Penang coconut curry and Tokany beef stroganoff. There is also an emphasis on seafood with Caribbean seafood salad, a sushi and raw bar. Children will enjoy the Easter-themed games that include an Easter egg hunt and a colouring contest.
The Ritz-Carlton Grand Cayman and they celebrate Easter in style with a choice of two brunches and Easter tea. Their spring festival brunch takes place in the Cayman Islands Royal ballroom from 11am with a huge array of choices from breakfast favourites such as waffles and pancakes to caviar and seafood, a carving station and decadent desserts. All this with the bonus of Maryell Epps to sing to you as well. They also take into account that Easter is for kids too with egg decorating and the traditional Easter egg hunt on the lawn. Over at 7 restaurant the Taittinger Champagne Easter brunch is described as “Cayman’s most extravagant brunch.” This menu has a variety of fare including tantalising tastes of Caribbean and Asian dishes and the Taittin
ger flows freely!
The Silver Palm Easter Bunny Tea has echoes of genteel English afternoon tea
with a selection of traditional and herbal teas, finger sandwiches, scones and pastries.
Off the beaten track
Well it’s not that far away, but The Cracked Conch is definitely the place to go if you get tired of the madness on the beach and just want an oasis of calm with ocean front dining, right on the water where you can extend brunch and watch the sun slowly sink in the west. The Cracked Conch has been going for
25 years now and has managed to retain its island atmosphere. They only do brunches on special occasions so it makes going there for Easter brunch a bit more of a special experience. The focus is on fresh and local ingredients with seafood a speciality. Their menu includes Caribbean and international dishes.
Not so much an Easter Brunch as a whole Easter experience, the Alexander Hotel Cayman Brac, offers the chance to just get away from the Easter madness on Grand Cayman, and completely relax in the beautiful surroundings of this boutique hotel. They are currently offering specials for the whole of April for three nights with continental breakfast and dinner.