Food & Drink
The Island’s melting pot of cultures lends its influence to the kitchen and residents are lucky enough to feast on everything from Pad Thai to Spicy “a la Plancha” Octopus on any given day of the week. Whilst international trends are being ushered in, eating local is always in style and increasingly consumers are demanding more sustainable food practices from restaurants.
As always Cayman hosted an impressive line-up of food festivals in 2019, kicking off in January with Chef Eric Ripert’s annual culinary event, the Cayman Cookout, which features cooking demonstrations, barefoot barbeques and more.
The Red Sky at Night Festival, another crowd pleaser that takes place in February, is a night rich in arts and Caymanian culture. It was equally rich in flavour with lots of tasty local dishes on offer. KAABOO, the Island’s first international music festival, presented festival go-ers with a variety of culinary artisans to fuel the weekend.
The very popular Taste of Cayman Food & Drink Festival accommodated some of the Island’s top restaurant vendors for an evening spent sampling the best dishes and spirits currently on offer across Cayman.
Cayman prepares for Restaurant Month and Pirates Week each October and November, the latter of which gives each district a chance to dazzle with spreads of authentically prepared food.
Six days a week residents can enjoy fresh locally grown produce at the Market at the Cricket Grounds and regular culinary events occur monthly, from full moon fêtes at Kaibo and Catch, to Anchor & Den’s tasty array of themed evenings. And do not miss Cayman’s famous Sunday brunches, which are an Island institution!
Regular culinary events also occur weekly so keep an eye on the Explore Cayman event calendar to stay up-to-date.
You will never run out of places to eat in Grand Cayman. From gourmet plant-based lunches to giant Niman Ranch steaks, Cayman has a meal to satisfy everyone.
The Cayman Islands has a very social culture and there are a lot of great spots to go out and commiserate over a sparkling tropical spirit, pint or cocktail and perhaps stay out a wee bit later to paint the town red at the hottest nightclubs!
Cayman is a fabulous place to be a foodie! From cooking classes to world renowned culinary events, there is always something tasty going on to whet that appetite.
You can get daily specials, and current menus and prices from restaurants that deliver food from the Good Taste website. Check out the ‘Restaurants that Deliver’ page on www.caymangoodtaste.com.
Alternatively, Fine Dine-In (Tel: (345) 623 3463) and Island Grub (Tel: (345) 923 7974) deliver food and wine to your door from over 20 restaurants.
Fancy a liquid breakfast? Cayman Breakfast Club delivers completely organic breakfast smoothies to your door daily.
Gino’s Pizzeria (Tel: (345) 623 7777) delivers delicious, made from scratch New York style pizzas Island-wide. They also offer a gluten-free option.
Saucha (pronounced sowtcha) delivers locally sourced, organic vegan meals, including raw and gluten-free desserts, snacks, sourdough and house brewed kombucha. Call (345) 926 0508 or visit www.sauchaliving.com. They also have a cafe called Conscious Cafe in the Art Nest building which servers most of Saucha’s creations. Conscious Cafe offers a locally grown, primarily plant based, with select vegetarian options and a focus on fermentation. Kombucha on tap, house ferments, and artisan sourdough bread, each have a devoted following.
Taste This Life delivers Caribbean-fusion meals to your door. Email: [email protected] for more information.
For weekly lunch deliveries try Burger Shack, Island Naturals, Bread & Chocolate, and Full of Beans.
Tipping is standard practice in the Cayman Islands and, although server’s standard wages are generally higher in Cayman than in the United States, it is still an important part of a server’s income. Most restaurants include a gratuity on the bill of 15-18%, however, it is always wise to check, as it is customary to leave a tip of approximately 15% and a little more for particularly good service or larger dining groups. In Cayman there is no tax added to your food bill, as in other countries.