Fresh fare and light lunches at Lauren’s

 

Who says breakfast has to be eaten in the morning? Eggs Benedict or, better still, Eggs St. George (where the ham is replaced by a decadent crab cake) tastes delicious any time of day. Lauren’s know this, which is why they serve breakfast all day.  

Lauren’s opened on March 1 in Buckingham Square (where Bella Roma used to be), and since then, word of their fresh and tasty cuisine has been generating quite a stir.  

The interior seems to reflect their food philosophy. It’s bright and vibrant, yet feels pleasantly cozy at the same time. Large windows look out onto a quiet wooden deck, where customers can enjoy al fresco meals on cooler days, or there’s space at the bar and tables in the air-conditioned interior. 

With an all-day breakfast menu, as well as a lunch menu and a number of specials each day, there’s plenty of choice, but every dish is testament to their commitment to fresh food, prepared in-house. 

“We use only the freshest ingredients, we get produce from local farmers whenever possible, and all our sauces are made here, from scratch,” says owner Lauren Bennett.  

The chef also bakes his own fresh bread daily, so whether you opt for a panini, a sandwich or a bowl of soup with a roll, you can be guaranteed warm, fluffy bread every time.  

The pumpkin soup, which started as an occasional soup of day, has been such a hit that it’s become a permanent fixture on the menu, and word has also spread quickly about the fish tacos, served with homemade guacamole and a tangy coleslaw, also homemade. 

The menu is surprisingly varied with salads, wraps, fresh fish, crepes, risottos and more to choose from, and thanks to all those fresh ingredients, every meal feels light in the belly, and not at all naughty.  

On the day we visited, we started off with freshly squeezed orange juice – a rare treat in Cayman – before sharing a plate of shrimp tacos. The portions are more than generous – three tacos and three shrimp per taco, along with pico de gallo and coleslaw. After polishing that off in minutes, we felt there was plenty of room to sample some more of the menu, so we opted for a crab cake – again a large serving of flaky, subtly spiced crab meat served over a portobello mushroom – and a lasagna, which was one of the day’s specials. 
Not only was the meat sauce made in-house, but the pasta layers were also made by Chef Petar. It was, admittedly, a richer dish than most of those on the menu, but well worth temporarily suspending a diet for.  

All that freshly prepared food and local ingredients usually comes at a premium, but the best thing about Lauren’s is how affordable it is. With most entrees priced at between $10 and $13, you can treat yourself to a delicious meal without putting a dent in your wallet.  

Better still, Lauren’s is set to start serving dinner in November. Bennett is particularly excited about the lobster ravioli they will be serving in the evenings, and the outdoor dining area will be the perfect spot to indulge in such a treat.  

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Both the venue and the menu are fresh, bright and vibrant. – Photos: Stephen Clarke
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