For those who want a true taste of the Cayman Islands, Camana Bay’s restaurants and eateries offer a variety of dishes made using local ingredients, which not only are fresh and sustainable, but also usually taste better than foods imported from overseas.
Breakfast options at Jessie’s Juice Bar include fabulous local egg creations and house-baked granola that is flavour-intensified by adding local mango. Jessie’s also produces take-home condiments using local Scotch bonnet hot peppers.
At The Brooklyn Pizza + Pasta, guests can enjoy pizza drizzled with locally made Cayman Pepper Patch Pepper Jelly paired with sausages, roasted red peppers, red onions, Brie and mozzarella and topped with arugula.
When it comes to fine dining, Abacus head chef Will O’Hara is always looking for ways to incorporate seasonal ingredients into their everyday menu. Chef Will even has a mini-garden growing outside the restaurant. Make sure to try the catch of the day while you sip on a Bellini with local guava puree.
The French bakery, Petit Paris, uses local callaloo in its vegan wrap and other seasonally fresh vegetables in its quiches. They also use local mango in some of their desserts.
At Gelato & Co. you can find the most authentic gelatos in Cayman, several of which use local ingredients. Take a close look at the wall menu; they normally highlight gelatos made using local ingredients, with sorbetto flavours including red papaya, mango and soursop, as well as local lime.
The majority of restaurants at Camana Bay take part in The Flavour Tour, a weekly dining adventure featuring local ingredients every Wednesday – the same day as the Farmers & Artisans Market. Chefs from each restaurant shop at the Market and take their fresh ingredients into the kitchen to craft their local offering for that night. The menu changes every week and each dish is paired with a cocktail, which also uses different local ingredients.
For those who miss the Wednesday farmers market, Bay Market offers fresh local fruits and vegetables every day it is open, Monday through Saturday. It also sells an island favourite – chilled local coconut water – to quench your thirst on a hot day.