Along with my best friend Eilidh Bridgeman, I run the @Cayman.Foodventure Instagram account in which we document our favourite eats on Grand Cayman, an island known for its excellent culinary options. Recently we both attended the Camana Bay Flavour Tour to learn what is on offer at this event, held every Wednesday evening.
This food tour is not like any regular food tour. You get the chance to try five different eateries within Camana Bay and each week the Flavour Tour team changes up the rotation and the menu, which adds freshness to the event.
We were asked if we had any special dietary needs, as the restaurants will accommodate allergies and dietary preferences such as vegetarianism.
Our meeting point for the evening was at West Indies Wine Company for a guided wine experience. We were given our own CI$5 wine cards that allowed us to taste samples from a selection of 80 red, white or rosé wines. We decided to taste a red first with a glass of Shiraz, followed by a white — Nobilo Icon Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc.
We enjoyed our glasses of wine with the sun going down and listening to the very talented Danny Loops on the guitar, playing right outside on the Paseo.
The ambiance and mingling with new friends started off what was to be a spectacular evening.
We then strolled over to The Waterfront Urban Diner, where we were greeted with cocktails and a soup appetiser. The Peach Fuzz cocktail was very refreshing and a huge hit with everyone who was a part of the tour. Its ingredients included citrus vodka, white wine, peach purée, cranberry juice and lime, topped with soda. This accompanied a very smooth roasted tomato soup, which was the perfect start to the food portion of our evening. It was made from local tomatoes, onions, bell peppers, olive oil, garlic, basil and parsley.
After the appetiser, our stomachs were awake and ready for more food. We were particularly excited to try what we saw on the menu for the next stop at Abacus — fish tacos. The Cayman Billfish Rundown fishing tournament took place the week of our tour and Abacus took advantage by using locally caught tuna for the taco, caught fresh that day and taken straight from the fishermen at the weigh-in station on the Crescent. You could tell how fresh the tuna was from the taste; it was incredible! The fish tacos were topped with green apple cabbage slaw, local seasoning peppers and scotch bonnet aioli. Our fish taco dish was paired with a lovely wine — Bread and Butter’s Pinot Noir.
Proceeding to The Brooklyn Pizza + Pasta for the main course, we were treated to a roasted lamb shank, which literally fell right off the bone when touched. It was very tender and incredibly delicious. This was served alongside carrot and potato mash and grilled local vegetables and was drizzled with red wine. The lamb shank was paired with the Beringer Founder Estate’s Cabernet Sauvignon from California — a perfect pairing.
Ending on a sweet note is always a great way to top off an evening, and we were lucky enough to do this with the house-made gelato at Gelato & Co. By this point, our stomachs were clearly satisfied — but there’s always room for dessert! We got the option to pick two of the many flavours to enjoy. My choice was the hazelnut bacio and cookie dough, which were both amazing and really had my taste buds tingling. The employees at Gelato & Co. were so enthusiastic and helpful, telling us what their favourite flavours were and giving us samples to taste.
We loved how the restaurants used local ingredients every chance they got for the Flavour Tour menu. Many of those ingredients were purchased at that morning’s Local Harvest Market in Camana Bay.
We treasured the personal touch from each of the chefs, bartenders and restaurant managers who introduced their dishes and restaurants to the group; they all truly provided a fantastic experience. We will definitely be back!
Follow Lara and Eilidh’s “foodventures” at @cayman.foodventure on Instagram.