As I mentioned in my Coconut Rice post, it was recently Restaurant Week in Cayman. That means lots of good deals! The idea is to draw customers to local restaurants at the typically slow time of year. In fact, lots of restaurants close down entirely in Cayman for September and parts of October because there’s no business. This year there were twelve participating restaurants offering lunch menus for $15 CI and dinner menus for $25 and $35 dollars (not including booze.) Clark Kent and I invited Rachel and her hubby to sample the $35 menu at Abacus – ‘Contemporary Caribbean Dining.’
We had three options for both the starter and the main course. You could also get a ‘flight of wines’ which included a Sauvignon Blanc from Cono Sur Vineyard, a Merlot from Charles Smith and a Rioja Reserva from Beronia for an additional charge.
I started with a roasted sweet potato soup with ginger crips and cilantro leaves. This lovely rich soup packed some pretty amazing flavor. And it was great seeing what I would consider a ‘fall’ item on the menu.
Rachel chose the marinated tomato, cucumber and vegetables with a lemon-oregano vinaigrette and CK, the red snapper ceviche with avocado & orange salsa and peppered popcorn. The popcorn was a big hit. It was fun and yummy and CK said it paired nicely with the avocado and ceviche. Rach was less enthusiastic about hers but admittedly that was her own fault because she forgot she didn’t like cucumbers. Bless.
Rachel and I both had the pan seared Mahi Mahi with pickled cho cho and sweet peppers and coconut-lemongrass scented rice. Okay that rice…hot stuff! It was delicious and complimented nicely with the (very) buttery fish.
Big shocker. The men went for the meat. Rawr. Theirs was a grilled sirloin skirt steak with red chimichurri and grilled red onion and yucca fries. I kept sneaking bites of this. So good. ‘Great!’ said CK. ‘Very peppery, but nice.’ We’re in the Caribbean, bring on the spice!
‘Dessert was pleasantly surprising,’ exclaimed CK after snarfing his. And it was. A lovely little cake to round out a lovely little evening with good food and good friends.
Restaurant Week 3 Course Dinner – $35
Flight of Wine – $15
All prices in CI. $1 CI = $1.25 US.