What’s Cooking – S/S 2017

Our edit of the island’s most mouth-watering launches and delectable events.

BACARO: TAKING CAYMAN TO VENICE

Although yachts rather than gondolas float past the terrace at Bacaro, the restaurant’s menu reminds us of holidays in La Serenissima. Small sharing plates, known as cicheti, offer something refreshingly different to your usual Italian meal while making the most of fresh local seafood and farm-to-table veggies. A new addition to the Cayman Islands Yacht Club, Bacaro impressed us with its huge choice of wines by the glass and stylish nautical interiors.

MARGARITAVILLE’S SIZZLING GLOBAL STEAKHOUSE

YARA aptly takes its name from the word for “gathering place” in the native Taino language of the Caribbean. Expect a vibrant dining destination with a Nikkei-influenced menu. Take your pick from several tempting cuts of Certified Angus beef or be more adventurous with venison, bison, rabbit or wagyu options, all complemented by a wide range of sides and sauces (from wasabi hollandaise to black truffle emulsion). Sip on handcrafted cocktails while a live DJ provides the soundtrack.

BURGER SHACK HITS THE ROAD

Now getting your burger fix needn’t involve driving to the Marquee Plaza outlet, as the Shack’s new food truck rolls onto the island in June 2017. You’ll find it roaming Prospect, Savannah, Lower Valley and Countryside, and it’ll even be offering home delivery in these areas.

HEMINGWAYS IS BACK WITH A BANG

The changes have been well and truly been rung in here at Hemingways, with a new Asian Fusion menu, new owners and a new Chef. Its spacious beachside spot is as inviting as ever though, complete with a buzzy pool bar and plenty of al fresco seating. The kitchen merges cuisines and ingredients inventively; the Wagyu Beef Tataki and Teriyaki Glazed Salmon with grilled pineapple and bok choy-almond stir fry are sure-fire hits.

THE WHARF

Another long-time Cayman favorite that’s under new ownership, The Wharf has been given a makeover inside and out. With live entertainment happening several times a week and tarpon feeding twice an evening, there’s never a dull moment at this waterfront spot – whether it’s salsa on Tuesdays, Champagne and Disaronno specials on “Tantalize Thursdays” or a nostalgia trip to 80s and 90s music at Footloose on the last Friday of the month. Keep your eyes peeled for new lunch and dinner menus starting in October.

SWEET DREAMS FROM HÄAGEN-DAZS

The ice-cream giant has picked little old George Town as the site of its first full-service dessert concept shop in the Caribbean. It’s been tempting us with crepes, waffles and specialty coffees, and this June sees the launch of the Fondue Experience. Picture a bowl of melted chocolate with skewers of bite-size ice-cream balls and fruit to dunk in. Race you there…