October 30, 2010

Best Dessert in The Cayman Islands?

Instead of heading to my usual favourite Friday night restaurant of Hard Rock for the sinful brownie, I'd spotted an advert claiming that Chang's has a 50% off Starters night – so needless to say I had to give this a shot.

I confirmed the "50% off offer" upon entering the restaurant, as I've been fooled into believing restaurants had special offers on only to discover they had odd conditions:

  • You're sitting in the wrong part of the restaurant for that
  • That's only available between 4pm & 6pm – it's 6.05pm
  • You ordered the large portion instead of the normal portion
  • etc

Anyway, true enough this was indeed the 50% off night.

So for "starters" we had the spicy chicken skewers which came with a lovely tamarind sauce; The steamed (read healthy) pork dumplings whith a strong dose of mirin sauce, and the famous Changs Spare Ribs.

I've talked previously about Changs Spare Ribs being the best on the island, and indeed nothing has changed there – these baby's are huge and the meat just hangs off them. Other restaurants seem to offer large bones with thin strips of meat, but changes does the opposite – thin bones with chunks of meat:-)

Oddly enough this didn't fill us up so we asked about the "desserts" – of the three offerings the "chocolate mousse" cake sounded the most appealing.

5 minutes later one of the waiters walked up to our table with a HUGE 7 later chocolate mousse cake slice. Now when I say HUGE i mean this thing was 7 inches tall and about 5 inches wide :-o never have I actually seen such a large slice of cake in front of me. If you've seen the programme "Man Versus Food" on the Travel Channel then this is the kind of thing Adam would endeavour to record an epsiode about.

The actual slice was the best dessert I've ever tried in the Cayman Islands, yes it's better than a sinful brownie from Hard Rock, a Chocolate Brownie from LoneStar or a Caramel Cheesecake slice from Treats :-o It was a pure chocolate overdose which the two of us couldn't actually finish.

After stopping we wondered how much it actually cost – $9.50 was the answer, which might seem expensive, but it's about double or triple the size of your standard dessert anywhere else on island.

Total cost of meal? $31

My middle name is "Chang" now!

October 28, 2010

What has happened to Lonestar in the Cayman Islands?

Filed under: Restaurants — Tags: — CaymanBoy @ 11:22 pm

My favourite Steak restaurant closed its doors for renovation early in September and whilst driving by it every day I'd been noticing the outside improvements – clearly aimed at expanding the "dry area" for when the rain pours down, yet I had assumed they wouldn't touch the menu?

A bit of background would be useful here – Lonestar was my #1 restaurant on the planet from the summer of 2007 until around the summer of 2008 when they had their "fajita buffet" nights on a Thursday and I would devour on average 10 of those spicy babies WEEKLY.

Yet "something" happened in the summer of 2008, the place closed for a while, all the posters of "texas gals" were replaced by graffiti from tourists who were encouraged to "tag" the wall near where they were obviously sitting with their confessions of love for Debbie, Carmen or Tila, or whichever "gal" was sitting across from them on that lucky night.

Alas the changes weren't just the "look and feel" going down hill, as my Thursday night treat was replaced by an "Old Ol paso" equivalent, which was vastly different to what I was use to. Now some of you might say, a restaurant can't survive on a buffet night every night, but my response would be along the lines of "the place was always packed". Personally I think the Chef(s) got rolled over or worse!

Anyway the summer of 2008 marked the start of by boycott of Lonestar for lowering its standard of food and turning into a amaeture graffiti den. I think they actually stopped the buffet nights later that year – though I'm not claiming that's due to my "disappearance".

Around March of this year (2010) I decided to give Lonestar another try, but for this time it was lunch – Beef Chimichanga. So over the following months their tasty Chimichanga was on my "once every two weeks for lunch" list – right up until it "closed for renovations" in September.

I had also started to go there once a month for their baby back ribs and steak combo, with the chocolate brownie cake for dessert – best dessert on island.

So tonight in honor of Lonestar being open once more, and after licking my lips in anticipation of their delicious Sirloin steaks I decided to go their for dinner.

The place looks a bit cleaner that what I remember, but the great menu they had "pre-renovation" has "changed". My baby back ribs have vanished, my lunchtime Chimichanga has been "rolled-over" and to add sin into the evening the Pepsi had been watered down (Think Popeyes for a moment). Let me add a cherry to this story by saying that the best Steakhouse in cayman, okay, affordable steakhouse in Cayman had NO STEAK available tonight :-o Hello?

On a plus side the buffalo wings for starters were nice, but where's by steak gone? I need to bump them down my list of "best restaurants in the cayman islands".

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