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. All-Inclusive.
Anchor & Den is one of the "younger" hotel brunches and continues to push the limits each year - just check out their page in 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 are substantial with the inclusion of a welcome cocktail, unlimited sparkling wine and a self-serve station featuring 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.
Epicurean Tip: Anchor & Den’s brunch has become so popular that they put out extra tables in front of the bar. Request to be seated in the main dining area near the buffet or beside the windows.
12:00-3:00pm. CI$45 + 17% gratuities. A La Carte.
The Ritz-Carlton Grand Cayman is known for their opulent brunch at SEVEN Restaurant, but they have brought a more casual approach to Andiamo. Andiamo’s concept focuses on fresh, innovative and authentic Italian cuisine and their rotating brunch menu reflects this. Unlike the other brunches on this list, Andiamo offers an a la carte dining experience at a set price. The menu begins with a small appetizer for all guests, a choice of two more appetisers, one main course and dessert. Each week the menu changes ever so slightly, so you may find appetisers like the ‘Mussels Puttanesca’ or the ‘Uovo al Tegamino’ (‘Fried Egg’), or mains that include ‘Lobster Risotto’, ‘Pan-Seared Branzino’ or ‘Neapolitan-Style Flatbread’. Their menus include notations for vegetarian and gluten free dishes too, but they are able to accommodate diners with food allergies or dietary restrictions. The desserts will have both adults and kids rejoicing as they can choose housemade gelato or ‘Andiamo Verrines’ that are filled with different mousses and panna cottas. If you want to imbibe you’ll have to pay extra, but their are special prices on prosecco and wine by the glass or bottle, a selection of cocktails and their ‘Andiamo Jugs’. The ‘Andiamo Jugs’ are a great value to add on as they serve up to four guests and are a refreshing addition as you dine on the terrace.
Epicurean Tips: Andiamo serves their brunch menu and a regular lunch menu in the same space every Sunday so you can choose between the two. Also, guests who choose to do brunch can pay a discounted rate for their kids to use the Starfish Cay water park. *Note that this brunch will close for season on September 2nd 2019 and the high season opening date has not be verified, so contact the Ritz-Carlton Grand Cayman for more information.
12:00-3:00pm. CI$75 + 16% gratuities. All-Inclusive.
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. Not only could residents get to explore this stunning boutique hotel, but once they arrived at Ave they had the option to sit inside of 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 as well as three specialty cocktails. Their buffet-style brunch leans more towards being fresh and light, with the 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.
Epicurean Tip: For groups with 10 or more you may find it difficult to sit everyone all together (especially inside), so book sooner rather than later.
12:00-3:00pm. CI$95 + 16% gratuities. All-Inclusive.
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 bright as sunlight floods in through the floor-to-ceiling windows. Guests have the option of dining outside under their covered patio or indoors at a variety of booths and tables nearby (or in between) large glass wine racks. What makes this brunch so incredible is the attention to detail when it comes to service, the quality of the products 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!
Epicurean Tip: If you have a large group, request seating at one of two large round tables located between the glass wine racks. It’s a unique area to sit, gives your group a bit more privacy and you can chat easily to everyone.