The Mango Tree Restaurant has a very strong claim to being one of the oldest eateries in the Cayman Islands.
When you ponder the fact that the Shedden Road establishment was first opened in the 1950s, they surely must be doing something right. Ray Whittaker, who co-runs the bar with Fred Whittaker (chef Lorenzo is in charge of the restaurant), made a very interesting point.
“Mango Tree was here even before Owen Roberts International Airport opened,” he said.
The restaurant, added Mr. Whittaker, is famous for Caribbean dishes.
“They do Jamaican jerk outside on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights plus curry goat, oxtail and so on. There’s also a lot of local dishes like turtle meat, conch, lobster and fish.
“It is the favourite local restaurant on the Island. When tourists ask the taxi drivers for a real local restaurant this is the first place the taxi drivers bring them,” he said.
The bar is a local favourite too – one customer told Mr. Whittaker that he had to park in the Post Office and get a taxi to the club as there were no spaces left. There’s karaoke on Thursdays and DJs on Fridays and Saturdays plus musical artists coming for special gigs, often accompanied by Lammie.
“It is a very adult type atmosphere, we are not into what I call the boing boing, jump up and down music,” said Mr. Whittaker, who heralds from George Town. The Mango Tree also works with Cayman Hospice Care and a percentage of the proceeds from each function goes to help that charity.
Given the enduring popularity of the establishment for its ambience and of course that always well-received food it’s sure that the Mango Tree has both a venerable history and a very bright future ahead.