There are numerous Sunday brunch options on Grand Cayman to choose from, but if you’re a meat lover, perhaps none will satisfy you like KARoo’s brunch.
The meat selections differ a little each week, but you can expect to find options like jerk chicken and jerk pork, fish skewers, curried chicken, sausages, flank steak and picanha steak. The last is a dish inspired by Prime Brazilian Steakhouse, a former Cayman Islands restaurant once operated by KARoo’s owners. There are plenty of salads and side dishes as well, such as the restaurant’s ever-popular macaroni and cheese, rice and beans and corn bread. There is also a selection of desserts.
When KARoo first started the event, it was just as Sunday barbecue. “It wasn’t even called brunch,” says manager Steve Shore. “It was just supposed to be super casual, somewhere to bring the family – the kids in the fountain and the parents drinking bubbles on the patio.”
The simple format of the KARoo brunch attracts a wide demographic, says Markus Mueri, one of the owners of the restaurant.
“One of the great things about our brunch is that it brings in all kinds of people,” he says. “We get locals, we get tourists, we get lots of people coming from church. Some people drink fruit juice, some people drink bubbles and everyone has a good time.”
Danny Tathum, a frequent customer to KARoo’s brunch, says he thinks it’s the best one on the island.
“There’s nothing better than a BBQ on a Sunday, particularly when you’re not cooking it and you can find someone that can cook it as well as you,” he says, noting that the KARoo brunch is more easy going than many others on the island. “This is good food for a good price and it is right here in the beautiful Camana Bay setting.”
Good value is one of the KARoo brunch’s selling points. The all-you-can-eat barbecue is $30 for adults and $12.50 for children 12 and under. The optional unlimited sparkling wine is an additional $19.
“Everyone likes a little barbecue, everyone likes bottomless bubbles, but sometimes you don’t want to spend 85 bucks for brunch,” Shore says. “So just come down to KARoo and get some meat and some mac and cheese, have some bubbles and some beer at a reasonable price and call it a day.”
First-time customer Chris Hew went to KARoo for Father’s Day and enjoyed the brunch. He was surprised with the jerk chicken and pork from the barbecue.
“I think it was my favourite because it surprised me,” he said. “The crispiness of the skin … it’s not easy to do that.”
To mix things up a bit, on the last Sunday of every month, KARoo has a special cocktail brunch that includes the barbecue, bubbles and Caybrew beer, as well as a choice of three designer cocktails made with different brands.