Cayman's best... Brunches
Going to Sunday brunch for a birthday, holiday weekend or just-for-so is a modern Cayman resident way of life. For most, it is about drinking copious amounts of booze at a discounted price, making the food an afterthought. After a few months of researching and experiencing Cayman's most popular brunches, I have come to realise that it should be about more than cheap drinks and mass-produced food. Therefore, I have narrowed my favourite brunches down to those that I believe embody a great dining experience from food and drinks to service and ambiance. Check out my list of the best brunches in Grand Cayman.
12:00-3:00 pm; CI$70 + 16% Gratuities
Anchor & Den is one of the "younger" hotel brunches and continues to push the limits each year - just check out their page on my Cayman Islands' Food Guides ;). This buzzing restaurant located in the foyer of the Marriott Beach Resort & Spa welcomes guests with their vast space and earthy decor - think wooden furniture, natural materials, cool hues and light-filled windows. Self-proclaimed to be a rotating brunch you can always expect a few changes each week, and once per month they host a themed brunch that adds a few specialty items to their regular selection. Some of their past themed brunches have highlighted Mexican cuisine, asado (South American barbecue), Canada Day and even wine. The food stations typically found at their brunch include sushi, raw bar, carvery, charcuterie, healthy bites, salads, lunch items, classic breakfast, desserts, as well as the chance to build-your-own crepes and omelettes. They are also very accommodating to diners with specialty diets, from vegans to gluten allergies, so rest assured that there will be something for everyone in your group. The drinks included with your brunch are substantial with the inclusion of a welcome cocktail, unlimited sparkling wine and even a self-serve station with three different cocktails. An added bonus is that all of the seating is indoors, so there's no reason to stress where your table will be located in the hotter summer months.
12:00-3:00pm; CI$75 + 16% gratuities
Ave at the Kimpton Seafire Resort & Spa is located in one of Cayman's newest hotels and has been a popular brunch spot from the start. Originally, brunching here meant that residents could explore this stunning boutique hotel with the option of sitting inside their modern, brightly lit restaurant or on the elevated outdoor terrace with 180o views of Seven Mile Beach and the Caribbean Sea. Ave was the first hotel restaurant to change the typical brunch format by offering sparkling wine AND three specialty cocktails. Their buffet-style brunch leans more towards being fresh and light with a raw bar, sushi, salads, roasted vegetables, charcuterie and cheeses as the focus, but there's also a limited, yet tasty, selection of desserts, breakfast and lunch options, including an omelette station. Having a smaller selection of hot items is an interesting approach, but also quite smart as it ensures that the quality of the food remains consistent throughout the day.
12:00-3:00pm; CI$95 + 16% gratuities
SEVEN at the Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman is one of the best restaurants on island and their brunch is by far the most luxurious. Before the doors even open they serve eager guests a welcome cocktail to prepare them for what's to come. On entering you'll notice that the space is much different than at night as sunlight floods in through the floor to ceiling windows. Guests have the options of dining outside under their covered patio overlooking the pool and the Caribbean Sea or sitting indoors in a variety of booths and tables with some separated by glass wine racks. What makes this brunch so incredible is the attention to detail when it comes to service, the quality of product used throughout and, of course, unlimited Moët & Chandon champagne. They offer delicious breakfast items, lunch options, charcuterie & cheeses, but I was particularly impressed with their fresh sushi, dim sum, salad bar, oysters, caviar and desserts. It should be noted that brunch at Seven only runs from November to May (high season) so don't miss out!