The Waterfront Urban Diner is a hip new dining destination perfect for lazy breakfasts or casual lunches.
The diner opened 1 April on The Crescent at Camana Bay. Reminiscent of a traditional style diner, the Waterfront offers a tempting new laid-back dining option, serving up American classics with fresh ingredients.
“The Waterfront is a diner with a twist,” Steve Shienfield, executive chef, says. “We have taken old classics and given them a modern spin.”
Indeed, the menu features a host of tempting, feel-good favourites, all a little more decadent than you would expect to find.
For example, the grilled cheese sandwich, “grilled fromage a trois”, is made with three types of cheese and finished off with a parmesan crust. There’s also the home-style meatloaf, which is made with ground beef and bacon and served with a generous helping of red wine mushroom gravy for a really rich taste. Then there’s the spaghetti and meatball dish – a single 8-ounce mozzarella-stuffed meatball smothered in house-made marinara.
Keen to stand out from the masses, the Waterfront has chosen to serve a flat iron steak. “It’s juicy and tender,” Shienfield says. “Everyone serves rib eye, New York strip or filet. We wanted to offer diners something different.”
Among one of the most popular dishes on offer is the restaurant’s maple salmon salad, a mouth-watering, tender piece of salmon covered with crunchy ground pumpkin seeds with mixed field greens, marinated couscous, cucumber and dried currants.
The restaurant has an extensive breakfast menu, with many of the breakfast items offered seven days a week, all day – so if you fancy steak and eggs on a Saturday night, you’ll know where to head.
You’ll find a hearty selection of traditional breakfast offerings, such as honey granola, fresh oatmeal, croissants and bagels, steak and eggs, a breakfast flatbread, eggs Florentine, omelettes, the breakfast burger and the decadent smoked salmon platter – a hearty portion of smoked salmon, cream cheese, cucumber, capers, red onion and a bagel. There is also a wide selection of pancakes, French toast and golden brown Belgian waffles.
There are plenty of dessert items to choose from as well. The restaurant’s signature cinnamon bun can’t be missed. A dessert of gigantic proportions, this huge bun is topped with house-made icing and is bound to satisfy those with even the sweetest of tastes.
“We didn’t want to take ourselves too seriously with the menu,” Shienfield adds. “We wanted something fun.”
“We’ve both worked in fine dining restaurants,” the Waterfront’s chef de cuisine Dylan Benoit says. “Fine dining has its place, but we wanted to get back to basics with the menu. We also really wanted to promote good food at a great value.”
Indeed, you can’t help but smile stepping into the Waterfront Urban Diner, with its welcoming interior, oversized leather couches to laze away in, the comfort-style menu and warm hospitality. You could say the Waterfront adds a whole new deliciously flavourful element to Cayman’s dining scene that will have you coming back time and time again.