Freshly caught fish, masterfully prepared and discreetly delivered, only steps from the ocean – that’s an experience to be savoured, at home or away. We’ve scoured the region to find the finest seafood restaurants all of which are bound to set your taste buds tingling
Words by Natasha Were.
Since its inception, Agua has been Cayman’s choice for innovative seafood experiences. Peruvian inspired ceviches, crudos and tiraditos are created with top-quality, responsibly sourced ingredients and locally caught fish. Seafood and shellfish dishes have brought guests back time after time, not only for the flavours but also the gorgeous presentation, vibrant surroundings and award-winning craft cocktails round off the superb dining experience.
A local legend, Blue at The Ritz-Carlton – the Caribbean’s only AAA Five Diamond restaurant – elevates seafood to the sublime. Order one of the tasting menus to sample various delicately dressed fish dishes and desserts in one sitting, or choose from the list of Almost Raw, Barely Touched and Lightly Cooked fish and meat creations. For those left wanting more, Immersion into Blue is a rare chance to learn to prepare (and eat) a five- or seven-course menu.
An enduring favourite on George Town’s waterfront, the Lobster Pot pays homage to the bounty of local waters with an impressive choice of seafood temptations. Savour Caymanian specialities like fish escovitch, turtle steak and Cayman conch chowder or opt for guaranteed crowd-pleasers such as lobster thermidor or coconut-crusted shrimp. With a good selection of meat and vegetarian options too, there is something to tempt every palate.
Sumptuous seafood meets dazzling décor at Fish by José Andrés. Located at the Cove, Atlantis, on Paradise Island, diners are surrounded by sparkling fish sculptures and large-scale underwater photos, as they feast on the freshest, sustainably caught local seafood. Dishes range from small sharing plates to full-size mains and feature a cast of ocean characters from lobster to lionfish and conch to crab. For devout foodies, the wine and dine demonstration is a must.
Elegant simplicity is the name of the game at Ocean 82, a recently re-opened restaurant in
St. Martin’s culinary capital, Grand Case. The open-sided dining room perches right over a white sand beach with wonderful sea views and the menu mixes French classics such as lobster bisque, fresh oysters and foie gras, with local catch and Italian-inspired fare. The service is warmly professional and the presentation of every dish is a delight.
Sit at one of the crisply dressed tables under the leafy pergola, take in the views, and prepare for a feast. Created by the late celebrity chef Gary Rhodes, this fine dining restaurant within the boutique Calabash Hotel makes inventive use of the island’s wonderful spices, fruits and vegetables, adding a surprising twist to freshly caught seafood and homemade sweet treats.
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