Whilst in Cayman, we like to run on island time. So it should come as no surprise, then, that our brunch options are plentiful, varied and delicious.
If there is one piece of advice anyone should give you about visiting the Cayman Islands, it’s to make sure you stay long enough to enjoy brunch on Sunday. It is an amazing three-plus hours of decadence and gourmandising — and these brunch establishments offer so much more than breakfast buffets and Champagne.
The Cayman Islands is called the Culinary Capital of the Caribbean after all, with over 200 restaurants throughout all three Islands. Locations vary from the beach and in hotels to strip malls and stand-alone establishments on the water. Take a journey through a small sampling of some of the best — and most unique — brunch offerings in Grand Cayman.
HOT VS COLD
If it’s indulgent options you’re after, head to Tukka Native Fusion for their classic buffet-style brunch. Here you’ll not only get the standard hot and cold buffets, but also a carving station — whole roasted beef rib, achiote marinated whole pork crown roast, boneless legs of lamb and whole roasted free range chickens to name a few. Barbeque is also big here. Think: a hickory smoked barbeque with both chicken satays and Argentinean chorizo sausage skewers with grilled king prawns. There’s even a dessert buffet to feed your sweet tooth, and the best part: All of the buffet menu items change constantly.
In the heart of Seven Mile Beach you will find chic and sophisticated Agua, a cool and vibrant brunch destination with the choice of inside or alfresco seating. Agua’s brunch is a delicious extension of their lunch and dinner menus that take their inspiration from far flung regions like the Mediterranean, South America, South East Asia and the Caribbean. You will also find sashimi, tiraditos and ceviche alongside the standard brunch trimmings. From Peru, Agua’s ceviche wizard produces four varieties of ceviche, and his creations alone are enough of a reason to make a brunch date with Agua.
EGGS BENEDICT — WITH A TWIST
Craft Food and Beverage Co. is a blend of modern brewpub and island casual dining. The brunch menu at Craft is offered Saturday and Sunday mornings, served well into the afternoon to accommodate the casual, laid-back weekend atmosphere of Grand Cayman. Craft showcases exciting international à la carte options for brunch which utilise local ingredients whenever possible.
There are a few staples to the brunch menu that are consistently available, such as the Campfire Breakfast and eggs Benedict, Craft’s own twist on your traditional “bacon and eggs,” served with house cured bacon in a rustic iron skillet. With toppings varying from smoked salmon and Montreal smoked meat to braised short rib, Craft bacon and many more, it’s easy to satisfy any craving. Their ever-changing poutine ranges from lobster poutine to Jerk chicken poutine, and the menu changes often.
Craft’s brunch specialty beverages are their island-famous Caesars and Bloody Mary’s. Reputably the best on Island, these tasty cocktails will give you a jump-start — and ask the bartender to use Craft’s very own homemade hot sauce for a little extra kick! The restaurant also features a build-your-own Caesar bar on holiday weekends and special occasions, allowing you to create your own version of the cocktail, with more options for toppings and garnishes than you’ll know what to do with.
Located in the Caribbean Club condominiums, Luca Restaurant’s brunch is from 11:30 until 2:30, with unlimited bubbles included. You can feast on the delectable seafood station, which offers peel-and-eat shrimp, oysters, mussels and more. There is also a fresh handmade sushi station manned with a sushi chef.
There are plenty of tasty dishes on the hot station with the normal breakfast items including eggs Benedict, and as is with most brunches, the hot items change weekly. Don’t forget the carving station with beef Wellington, rack of lamb, a pasta station made-to-order and a sweets station with mini flavoursome treats. For those that prefer something other than sweets to finish up your meal, you will be overwhelmed by the cheese station and shaved prosciutto with a slicer imported from Italy — and there is even red wine on hand to help enhance the flavour. Reservations are a must, as it’s a very popular spot on the Island.
The inspiration behind the signature Boulangerie Brunch at the Grand Cayman Marriott Beach Resort’s Anchor & Den restaurant is derived from their love of charcuterie, regional cheeses and homemade baked breads. Their aim is to offer true deli specialties, perfectly paired with bottomless glasses of bubbly. From Indian food to fresh sushi, tasty beef Wellington to a traditional American breakfast — there is so much to choose from! They tend to theme their brunch around an international cuisine, so many of the mouthwatering dishes will be based on a certain country on any given Sunday.
The Dim Sum Brunch at Mizu is located on the waterfront Crescent in Camana Bay with one of the most stunning dining rooms in Grand Cayman. The dishes showcase what Asian cuisine has to offer with an Island twist. From delicious curries and fresh fish daily to authentic house-made dim sums, Mizu is definitely a place you don’t want to miss!
The à la carte menu allows for a more personal dining experience. With weekly featured rolls, Mizu is always looking to push the boundaries of the sushi roll — and the chefs come up with exciting explosions of flavour each week. The brunch takes place from 11:30 until 3 p.m., so you have more than enough time to relax and enjoy the ride. Instead of the standard “endless bubbles” option, Mizu includes a variety of drinks such as red, white and sparkling wine, beer, house sake and more. You can also indulge in complimentary house spirits.
CHAMPAGNE AND CAVIAR
The brunch at The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman’s Seven offers unlimited Moët Chandon Champagne from 12 until 3 p.m. The brunch features hand-rolled sushi, dim sum, an extensive salad bar, a selection of home-made breads and international cheese offerings.
If you want even more variety, there are also three carving stations, usually two meat/one fish, plenty of breakfast items, a chef cooking omelettes to-order and more. The raw bar is a stand-out, which features Jonah crab claws, shrimp, oysters, ceviche and smoked fish. Still hankering for more? They also offer the themed live station and caviar with all the condiments.
The dessert table with six miniature dessert options is available each and every Sunday too. And for those that would rather eat light, there is even a smoothie juice station with a plethora of choices.
The quality of food and Champagne are always the real draws here. Erika Chadwick, senior food and beverage manager, explains, “It’s an occasion coming to Seven’s brunch. Guests can dress up, relax in a refined environment, enjoy a heavenly meal and sip on Champagne while being taken care of by our ladies and gentlemen… there’s no better way to spend a Sunday afternoon!”
THE NEW GUARD
Ave in the Kimpton Seafire Resort + Spa on Seven Mile Beach, a newcomer to the brunch scene, features six live action stations including pastry and breads, meat carvings, charcuterie and cheese, seafood selections and a desserts display. They also offer a liquid buffet, which includes Raventós i Blanc (an iconic Cava producer) along with specialty craft cocktails.
Author: Jay Ehrhart
Photographer: Jim Gates