Get those taste buds tingling because Cayman is about to be the centre of everything epicurean once more.
Yes, Restaurant Week is upon us and the Cayman Islands Tourism Association has teamed up with some of the Island’s best restaurants to offer some spectacular discounts in the planet’s most spectacularly beautiful destination.
The bash runs from 3 to 8 October and features the participation of a wide selection of restaurants, all of whom have paid special attention to the wares on offer to entice and delight the discerning customer.
The week is based around something that has been growing for many years and that is the idea that Cayman is becoming a hotbed for cuisine of all flavours and stripes.
“We live in the culinary capital of the Caribbean with so many wonderful restaurants to choose from,” says Erin Bodden of the Cayman Islands Tourism Association.
“Sometimes we take it for granted and we go to the same place all the time. A select few restaurants have come together to offer some delicious menus at a great value for Restaurant Week. The Cayman Islands Tourism Association would really like to encourage residents to try somewhere new or go back to an old favourite to enjoy a fab meal at a great price.”
The association, she adds, was approached by its restaurant sector members to coordinate the event during the slower season, in an effort to showcase their menus to residents and visitors alike.
Indeed, as we approach tourism season proper it is a brilliant opportunity for people who live in Cayman, their friends, families and workmates to experience the culinary magic that makes the Islands increasingly more renowned worldwide. From jerk chicken to truly sumptuous seafood, pizza to classical French techniques, Cayman has become a centre for incredibly talented restaurateurs, chefs and hospitality staff.
It is their pride in their work and new surroundings that is most evident; it may not be immediately obvious when considering Cayman’s other major draws – the beaches, the sun, Stingray City – but here in the Western Caribbean the Island is a true gem with a welcoming and open attitude to food, drink and all styles. After all, with over 100 nationalities on the island, it was inevitable that the cross-pollination of epicurean delights would filter through to each and every one of us.
There are great restaurant offers to be enjoyed every night of the week, says Erin.
“There are price-fixe menu options for lunch at $15 or dinner at either $25 or $35. Residents have wonderful opportunities open to them during the notoriously slower season.”
It is a time in which residents can take the vital opportunity to slow down and see the fabulous options open to them, which are often forgotten in the mad rush of life, work and everything. Each and every one of us has to eat; but sometimes we need to be reminded of the fact that what is sometimes a functional quick-fix can – and probably should – be a pleasure and a delight. And that there’s nothing wrong with treating yourself once in a while, whilst helping the local economy along the way.
“Why not book a Staycation at the Ritz-Carlton, which includes breakfast at Seven Restaurant and then make Restaurant Week dinner reservations at their sushi lounge Taikun for a sushi experience you won’t soon forget! They’re offering an optional sake pairing in addition to a wine pairing menu.
“For the price of a regular entrée at The Wharf receive a three course meal including a sweet finish with their desert: Almond baked wild berry crumble with maple syrup Angalaise and vanilla ice cream. Enjoy one of two price-tiered menus including chicken breast, stuffed with shrimp, served on lobster-butter sauce with truffled potato mash and grilled vegetables, or why not go with an old favourite – the catch of the day. If you have family down during this week, this is a great time to take the family to a wonderful dinner at extremely reasonable prices.”
Absolutely right, Erin. Weekender’s with you guys all the way. Our only regret is that we’ve as yet failed to create a brand new meal between breakfast and brunch. However, we shall keep trying on this vital cause because these blessed Islands are also blessed with some of the greatest culinary talent in the world. Tourists are our brothers and sisters, our bread and butter and so vital to every part of the economy – but that’s no reason why they should have all the fun, now is it?
“There are so many delicious options so book your reservations now,” concludes Erin.
“Visit the website generously hosted by the Cayman Free Press at www.restaurantweek.ky.
“Don’t forget to keep checking on the website for many last minute offers in our great participating restaurants.”
Abacus, Agua Restaurant, Brick House, Cimboco – A Caribbean Cafe, Ferdinand’s Caribbean Cafe – Lobster Pot, Michael’s Genuine Food and Drink Grand Cayman, Solana – Marriott Grand Cayman, Taikun at the Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman, Westin Casuarina Resort & Spa, The Wharf Restaurant.
Check www.restaurantweek.ky for a full list of lunch and dinner offers. The bash runs from 3 to 8 October.