March 12, 2011

Schooner’s Bar and Grill at The Turtle Farm, Cayman Islands

Filed under: Restaurants — Tags: , , , — CaymanBoy @ 7:06 pm

One of the highlights of visiting the Tutle Farm for me was always relaxing in Schooner's whilst devouring one of their great wraps or burgers.

Sure I'd tour around the turtle "pens" watching the baby ones zooming from one side to the other or the larger turtles trying to spash you when you got too near; I'd walk around the lagoons which are always lacking in actual people; i'd watch the sharks in the pool, but I always enjoyed relaxing in Schooner's whilst watching the Iguanas and Pheasants on the small island.

So what's happened?

A few years back Cayman Turtle farm went through a disastrous rebranding when they moved from their old location to their new location on the other side of the road. The turtle farm turned into "Boatswain Beach" ? Now the number of negatives in going from this well known brand to something nobody appears to actually know how to pronounce would take more than this one blog to list, however I shan't focus on the negatives here, and instead say that sense has prevailed and "The Turtle Farm" has returned.

Actually I might have spoken too soon about sense prevailing :-o The old menu at Schooner's has been replaced by something three times its size and the prices have risen by around 30%. My favourite mahi mahi wrap is now $11.95, which makes it more expensive than any other restaurant serving this "wrap" on the island – Legendz is around $9. But worst is yet to come, the Turtle Farm is now serving "turtle" burgers and fillets on its menu :-o There's nothing like touring the farm, watching the little critters, lifting them, hearing about their conservation then going to the bar to to have a pint of beer with a Ninja Turtle Burger. Okay, it's not actually called a Ninja Turtle Burger, but surely the idea of serving turtle in the bar in the middle of the turtle farm is just wrong?

I'll visit the Turtle farm again soon, but I'll be skipping Schooner's Bar & Grill!

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