March 15, 2011

Ortanique, Cayman Islands

Filed under: Restaurants — Tags: , , — CaymanBoy @ 10:42 pm

I finally made it to the newest restaurant in Cayman tonight for dinner – yes this would be Ortanique at Camana Bay.

It's always a pleasure for me heading to this part of Camana Bay as a I pass my favourite ice cream shop, Haagen Dazs, then my favourite Deli Black Trumpet, then pass by the always quiet Michaels.

The seating outside of Ortanique was fairly busy so we chose an inside table.

The menu must be the heaviest one on the island and it only has 6 pages; oh it also has a "light" just in case its too dark and you're too drunk to read it.

For such a lovely establishment with a heavy menu I actually had difficulty choosing something to order. The names of everything were a mouthful never mind their descriptions; candied pecan crusted goat cheese salad, truffled short rib crepe, roasted local spiced pumpkin raviolis – hello? For the first since arriving in Cayman I actually skipped the starter, as nothing sounded appealing and the prices seemed very "Camana Bay".

In such situations I always find a good juicy steak to fall back on, however at $42 for an 8oz steak, even if it's from Angus, I find to be a bit too high – I'm sure that's the price at Seven or Copperfalls. So I opted for a West Indian Cornish Game Hen and had the impression that a HUGE white plate with a small strip of "chicken" and scoop of rice would appear. Ahh, but alas I was wrong this time, this isn't Agua, sure a bigish plate appeared but with dare I say half a hen lying in the middle of it with Jamaican rice surrounding it. Actually quantity wise is was the same amount of chicken as Chicken Chicken! provide for their Lunch portion, and double the rice portion. However this hen, be it from Cornwall or West Bay, was indeed delicious! I actually devoured the entire half chicken – oops hen.

After that lovely meal I was stuffed, but the sight of a dessert menu just gets me going again! So we stupidly went for the bread pudding, which was a bit of a let down when compared to elsewhere – think Gateway of India. Yes I know, strange, but so far Gateway of India, my favourite Indian in the whole of Cayman makes the best bread pudding.

Total bill for two $84 – including compulsory 15% tip.

Will I be back? yeah, next year.

Ortanique Contact Details:

The Crescent,
Camana Bay,
Grand Cayman,
Cayman Islands,

Tel: 640-7710

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