August 20, 2010

Dinner at the Hard Rock Cafe, Cayman Islands

Filed under: Restaurants — Tags: , — CaymanBoy @ 7:53 pm

I think I'm going through a phase where my weekend officially starts when I'm sitting in Hard Rock and my "Sinful Chocolate Brownie" arrives in front of me. I've sampled plenty of desserts in The Cayman Islands and for the last few weeks, or maybe I guess months now, this has been by #1 choice! The simplicity of a chocolate brownie with a few scoops of Haagan Dasz Ice cream topped with fresh whipped cream just seems to hit my taste buds in the right way. Sure the Hard Rock is known for its memorabilia, the hanging car, the  jogging manager with a scarf, the "Famous Burger", but for me the main reason to go there is for the best dessert (currently) in cayman!

August 12, 2010

Southern Spice, Cayman Islands

Filed under: Restaurants — Tags: , , , — CaymanBoy @ 9:15 pm

I'm one of those people who love trying the latest restaurant, so when asked the question where shall we eat tonight " Let's try Southern Spice" was the obvious answer as it's the newest place "On-Island".

Located right next to KFC on West Bay Road Southern Spice certainly is in the perfect spot for passers-by to stumble across it.

From the outside it looks like a modern Indian, but upon entry things start to go astray – where's the smell on incense, the high-pitched Indian music, the smell of meat cooking and indeed the red carpets running halfway up the wall? Maybe that's my view of a traditional Indian given the number of the establishments I've frequented overs the years – so why have Southern Spice decided to follow a different path?

Okay so the place has the feel and echoing nature of a new office building, so how's the food?

Well, for starters I went with Chicken Pakora, which i must confess to being very surprised at it's inclusion on the menu as iIve not seen such an appetizer on any Indian Restaurant's menu outside of the UK. Although slightly dry and indeed a smallish portion it was certainly tasty.

For the main I tried a Chicken Masala, and of course asked for the spiciest "mother" in the house, although as ever all the Indian restaurants on the islands simply make their dishes hotter by piling chopped green chillies on top of the dish after it's cooked.

An important side dish for me in any reputable Indian Restaurant is the "Garlic Nan", which tonight was indeed the biggest one on the Island – and thankfully also tasty!

So does this mean I'll transfer my allegiance from Gateway of India to Southern Spice, nope, but having another restaurant here certainly provides another place to try. I'll try it again in a few months and see if the smell of a new office has drifted away.

Contact Details:

Southern Spice
Baytown Plaza
West Bay Road
Seven Mile Beach
Grand Cayman
Cayman Islands

Tel: 949-5550

August 11, 2010

Lunch at Agave in The Cayman Islands

Filed under: Restaurants — Tags: , , , — CaymanBoy @ 9:44 pm

My favourite Mexican on the Island is Agave, which is right next to the AL Thompson roundabout. Yes I know there's not exactly a huge selection of Mexicans on this island, but I've tried that other place – Carlo's & Martin's, and it has its focus more on the alcohol as opposed to the quality of the food.

Anyway, over the last year I've worked my way through the menu and settled on Nachos with guacamole and salsa followed by the Picante Pork with Jalapeno and Habanero burrito – wet!

The amount of nachos you get for that starter is enough for three people, and the guacamole is nice and fresh and none of this canned nonsense.

I like things spicy, so the Picante Pork burrito with all those jalapenos and their spicy cousins just fit the bill exactly. To say you'll be stuffed afterwards is an understatement:-) 

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