Be wined and dined this Christmas-time

Those looking to eat out on Christmas Day will be spoiled with choices as many of Cayman’s favorite restaurants will be open for special Christmas brunches. 

Seven restaurant at The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman is hosting a Champagne Brunch on Christmas Day at 12:30 p.m. On offer are a selection of Caribbean tapas, salads, an international charcuterie, cheese and bread, a raw bar, smoked seafood, caviar and an assortment of Asian delicacies. Breakfast fare is also available in the form of eggs, waffles, pancakes and French toast, while dishes with a Caribbean flair, including Jamaican curry monkfish tail or spiny lobster macaroni and cheese, can also be enjoyed. A Christmas in England section offers traditional beef Wellington, honey glazed turkey and all the trimmings. Desserts are also included. The brunch can be enjoyed by adults, including endless Moet & Chandon champagne, for $150, or without champagne for $105. For children ages 6 to 12, the cost is $45; for children under 6, the price is $25. Call 815-6117 for more information. 

Families may wish to enjoy the Christmas Family Brunch in The Ritz-Carlton’s Cayman Islands Ballroom at 11 a.m. on Christmas Day. For adults who want brunch with endless Moet & Chandon champagne, the cost is $140; without champagne it is $105. For children under 6, the cost is $25; and between 6 and 12 years old, the price is $45. Those attending the Christmas Family Brunch can enjoy the same wide range of food offered at the Christmas Champagne Brunch. 

The Westin resort is hosting a Christmas Eve dinner, a Christmas Day brunch, and a Christmas Day dinner. The meals offer an international menu with an array of options.  

Christmas Eve dinner is at the Beach House, with seatings from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. A five-course menu includes mains of oven-roasted maple-and-thyme glazed turkey breast, dill-and-horseradish-crusted salmon fillet, or beef tenderloin and Caribbean lobster Oscar. Dinner is $75 per person, plus 15 percent service charge. 

On Christmas Day, Ferdinand’s at the Westin hosts brunch from noon to 3 p.m. Brunch may begin with the Seven Mile salad bar before moving on to the seafood and raw bar, which offers Malpeque oysters, cocktail crab claws, ceviche, smoked salmon and caviar. A sushi bar and Asian dim sum section both offer a taste of the East. Also on offer are a selection of gourmet international cheeses, antipasto and cured and smoked meats, while a pasta bar offers more filling options.  

For Christmas dinner, also at Ferdinand’s, the international entrée section of the buffet offers traditional Christmas items such as turkey, Angus beef and Christmas ham, as well as whole roasted snapper, curried goat and leg of lamb. The dinner buffet also features Mediterranean dishes and a creperie. 

Brunch and Christmas Day dinner cost $85, plus 16 percent service charge; children under 12 eat for $30. Dinner seatings are between 5:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.; the buffet is open to 10 p.m. 

Tukka offers an extensive Christmas brunch which includes a carving station with Angus beef rib eye and whole turkey breasts. A barbecue station serves alternatives by way of chicken and pork satay, Argentinean chorizo sausage skewers with grilled king prawns, barbecued grilled pumpkin and corn on the cob. Soup, salads, sushi and chilled shrimp are served at the cold buffet, while breakfast items include eggs Benedict, hickory bacon, grilled sausages, hash browns, croissants, muffins and danish. 

A hot buffet serves Bundaberg barbecue meatballs, Cayman style mahi mahi, jerk chicken, rice and beans and truffle macaroni and cheese, plus a wide range of choices at the dessert buffet. 

Brunch is served from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. with sittings at 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Adults oay $34.95 or $54.90 with bottomless bubbles for two hours; cost for children is $16.50; children under 5 eat for free. Call 947-2700 to make a reservation. 

Christmas Day Brunch at Blue Cilantro is in the same vein as their weekly brunch, but with a Christmas twist. Breakfast and egg plates begin the meal, with choices of omelets, pancakes, eggs Benedict, French toast or waffles. Small starter plates follow, including oysters, fruit salad, yogurt parfait, dim sum, sushi and Christmas panzanella. Main small plates including beef tenderloin, Scottish salmon, traditional roast turkey or lamb and mini assorted pastries and a cheese selection. Brunch is $48 or $62, including Prosecco. Brunch for children is $35. 

Blue Cilantro’s Christmas Dinner option is five courses for $70, or $110 with wine pairings. After an amuse-bouche, the main menu consists of salad, followed by sea bass with a champagne and mango emulsion, and the main third course offers an option of grilled beef tenderloin, lobster with truffle butter or slow-roasted turkey. Dessert options are plum pudding or tiramisu. A regular a la carte menu is also available. 

George Town Yacht Club will be serving Christmas Day brunch from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., with inside and outside seating available. Those who wish to arrive by boat may do so as well. A mix of traditional and local Christmas fare will be served, with an omelet station, pasta station, carving station, local favorites, salads and dessert. The cost for the brunch is $45, plus 15 percent service charge, and unlimited Fantinel Prosecco may be enjoyed for an extra $19.95. Children are also welcome for $20, plus 15 percent service charge, and can enjoy a kid-specific dessert buffet and a kids-only create-your-own sundae option. 


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