September 29, 2010

Changs, Cayman Islands

Filed under: Restaurants — Tags: — CaymanBoy @ 5:49 pm

Although Chang's only opened a few months ago it's now been added to my weekly "must eat at" list due to the great food that's the Pinoy chefs in the kitchen make! On my previous visits I've gone for the Sesame Chicken rice bowl with an egg drop soup starter, but on this occasion I thought i'd try the Honey Chicken rice bowl – yum yum! I'm starting to think that the egg drop soup in Chang's is better than that of Canton, which no tastes overly "eggy". As the restaurant always seems empty my fear for this great place is that it won't actually survive beyond Christmas:-( So my fingers are crossed that it won't go the way of "Bed" which occupied the same premises previously. On a plus side I learned that "Thank you" in Indonesian is "Terima Kasih".

September 25, 2010

Prime, Cayman Islands

Filed under: Restaurants — Tags: , , — CaymanBoy @ 11:13 pm

I remember venturing to Prime when it first opened, the shear fantasy of those 26 cuts of meat and the size of the "appetisers or starter bar" just made the high price tag worth the visit. I distinctly remember saying that when I die I want St Peter to let me pass beyond the pearly gates and into a Heaven which looked exactly like this restaurant! So over the years the restaurant has got quieter as the initial excitement people have for a great new restaurant passes and it either forms part of their weekly, monthly or special occasion habit. For me Prime fell into the latter category as it's too expensive for a weekly trip, and once you've worked your way through all the meat it gets boring going there on a monthly basis. On this occasion the cuts of meat have been reduced to 16 – now bare in mind this was a Saturday night, and the quality of the waitress staff seems to have gone South. Actually I should clarify that when I say "South" I mean it's deteriorated, I'm not implying that the restaurant is using South American staff as opposed to Caymanian or any other race.

So what's happened to the waitress staff? Well the girl that met us at the front door was Drunk, did i smell the alcohol on her breath? nope, was she staggering and using the walls on the way to our table for support? yes. Admittedly she could have had some sort of alergic reaction and or medical condition that was affecting her, but there's always more to the story. On this occasion I fancied passing an extra 6 gold coins across the palm of the manger by ordering sparkling Perrier water as opposed to the tap water. Now usually, and please feel free to call me old fashioned, I'd expect the waitress to actually target the glass with water as it's flowing out from the bottle which is about 20cm above. Can you guess what happened? more water ended-up on the table than in either of our glasses – "hold on and I'll clean that for you" – at which point she vanishes. So I ended-up cleaning what appeared to be a end result of a broken water pipe. As ever the appetizers buffet was great, although I have noticed that the mozzarella cheese which accompanies the tomatoes seems to have been removed. My favorite slice of meat is the chicken wrapped in bacon – yum, yum. But that's not the end of the drunk waitress – apart from the people at the other table she's looking after giving her quizzical glances when staggering around she performed the Cardinal Sin of topping up a half-full glass of sparkling water with tap water :-o For those of you that aren't really sparkling water fans let me apologize for being anal about this. On the plus side the drunk waitress did realise what she'd done and apologized and "rushed away" to get another bottle. So 20 minutes later with the glass this time half-full of tap and perrier water she then proceeded to pour more perrier into it from the new bottle. Classically she ended that with the question "That's right, yeah?". Yeah that's right I replied. Normally I'd half a deep friend ice cream for dessert but on this occasion I skipped it out of fear of what could happen :-o Prime was my #2 restaurant before this outting – Thai orchid is #1, so i think I'll need to shuffle the rankings a bit due to the experience. My favourite restaurants:

  1. Thai orchid
  2. Lonestar
  3. Changs
  4. Hard Rock
  5. Prime

Contact Details:
Prime
Governors Square
West Bay Road

Tel : 623-7272

web: www.prime.ky
 

September 23, 2010

Dinner at Dada’s Grill, Cayman Islands

Filed under: Restaurants — Tags: , — CaymanBoy @ 10:38 am

Sometimes neither of us can be bothered to cook, so we choose to “eat out” – tonight the venue was Dada’s. Since it moved from Eastern Avenue I’ve always found the restaurant to be much better as well as much safer!

Based just along from the George Town waterfront it can provide an excellent view of a lovely sunset.

The menu was updated sometime over summer to extend the range of dishes offered from about 10 to nearer 30. Every menu item now has an accompanying photograph so the physical menu has increased from a small A5 size to a huge A3 size! This isn’t a major complaint for I guess it does help the non filipinos who visit there to get a better understanding of what they might be ordering. I guess this reminds me of the new Canton Menu.

Anyway, over the years I’ve tried a good few of the dishes so know to always order Sisig with white rice, which is a lovely fatty roast pork dish – masarap! Once in Blue Moon they have some cassava cake for me to finish with but unfortunately tonight wasn’t the night for this and I had to settle with 3 scoops of strawberry ice-cream. There are two other Filipino desserts occasionally available:

  1. Leche Flan
  2. Halo-halo

Leche Flan would be my second favorite dessert, but the Baked Beans at the bottom of the Halo-halo just doesn’t seem right to me!

On the whole this is a great place and is on my “Must go to once a month”  list:-)

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September 20, 2010

Black Trumpet Cayman Islands

Filed under: Restaurants — Tags: , , — CaymanBoy @ 9:38 pm

My new favourite restaurant is Black Trumpet! I've been going there for a few months now and seem to have settled on their New York, New York Baguette; there's something about the combination of Pastrami, Roast Beef and mustard on that lovely white baguette which just makes my lunch hour! Well it's either that or the huge chocolate croissants  which are simply too big for one person:-)

Strangely enough the prices at Black Trumpet seem to be cheap compared to other "similar" establishments – NYC Sandwich, croissant and diet coke for CI$12?

My fingers are crossed that such a place stays open with those prices, for everyone I ask seems to be of the opinion that it'll need to crack up the prices sometime soon. On the whole it's a great place:-)

Contact Details:

Black Trumpet
64 Market Street
Cassia Court
Camana Bay
Grand Cayman
Cayman Islands

Tel:743-6666

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September 19, 2010

Tiki Beach, Cayman Islands

Filed under: Restaurants — Tags: , , — CaymanBoy @ 9:43 pm

The best beach in Grand Cayman without a doubt is Rum Point, but living in West Bay means that it takes nearly an hour to actually get there by car. So for once instead of driving by Tiki Beach as I do twice every day heading to and from work I figured I might as well try the beach there! I think heading there when there are no tourists is best as it always seems busy when they're about, how fortunate I am that this is Sunday :-)

So the problem with getting to the beach is that you have to actually go through the restaurant/bar which kinda made me feel guilty, so after depositing the beach towel on the chair (no I'm not German!) we headed back to the bar where the 14 industrial strength fans were keeping the area cool whilst the 1 waiter and 1 waitress looked after the 8 patrons. I'd tried the Chicken Club sandwich on my only other trip here, so being the adventurous type had my mind open to other dishes available.

Unfortunately the menu, for such a stunning looking establishment with a great beach, is rather limited – I think there are more pages devoted to the history and activities available than to the actual food from the kitchen. Anyway I opted for the Jerk Roasted Pork on this occasion, which reminded me of travelling to the Philippines and experiencing Lechon (Roast Pork).

Now don't get me wrong, there's nothing wrong with Lechon! When I order Lechon I know what to expect and can munch it down with some rice and mango juice followed by some Cassava cake from Goldilocks, however being presented with Lechon in a bun wasn't exactly what I was expecting. Sure it wasn't bad; it just wasn't the best Pork on a bun in Cayman.

If I had to vote for the best swine on a bun then it would be Hard Rock, followed by Treats then Tiki Bar. Alas, the high point for this particular Sunday lunch was the Banana cake with ice cream, which proved to be delicious. Actually there was an option to have the Banana cake with custard but we chose the ice cream instead – I need to remember that for next time. As  for Tiki beach it's fantastic, as it's nice and quiet and we found a cool spot in the shade for me to read a book!

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