The Cimboco – built by Captain Rayal Brazley & Dr. Roy McTaggart – was launched in May, 1927. For 20 years she was ‘Cayman’s connection to the world, introducing regular travel, shipping and parcel post and providing the first reliable supply of staple and exotic foods, such as flour, sugar, fruit and even ice!’ (info courtesy of Cimboco – A Caribbean Cafe)
It is also the namesake of the first restaurant Clark Kent and I visited after moving to Cayman. It has remained a regular favorite. The food is great and the prices are even better which is sometimes tough to find in the Cayman Islands.
For starters, CK had the ‘Best Caesar Salad on Island!’ according to the menu. ‘That’s a true saying,’ according to Clark. I chose the plantain wrapped callaloo – ‘local callaloo seasoned with rich Caribbean flavors, wrapped in golden fried plantains and accompanied with spicy cayman style sauce.’ It was outstanding and disarmingly filling. I had to pass one off on CK otherwise I wouldn’t have been able to face my main course.
I had the fire roasted jerk pork BLT. It was served on savory coconut focaccia with Applewood smoked bacon, Swiss cheese, basil mayo and tomato jam. Holy yum! The focaccia bread was out of control good. So much so that I might have to make an attempt. However, we all know about my baking deficiencies so don’t hold your breath. The only downside to this dish was the coleslaw which was not too good. Eh. Who wants to eat coleslaw anyway?
For all the vegetarians out there, you’ll be happy to know that no animals were harmed to make CK’s dish: ‘Caribbean Roti – an island-style sandwich tucked into fire roasted flat bread with traditional Caribbean curried vegetables.’ It was a big hit. ‘Great veggie dish although its more like a burrito than a roti,’ CK said. ‘Nice mild curry with yummy chickpeas.
For dessert I had the cinnamon pound cake with ‘tropical fruit.’ Maybe I’ve been here too long but I was hoping for pineapple, mango, naseberry or coconut. I got melons. The pound cake was super tasty though!
CK ended his meal with homemade vanilla ice cream and a cup of coffee. It was ‘delightful.’ Now, if I could just keep him out of the cream…
Caesar Salad – $6.95
Plantain wrapped Callaloo – $8.95
Fire Roasted Jerk Pork BLT – $9.95
Caribbean Roti – $9.95
Coffee & Ice Cream – $5.20
Pound Cake – $7.50
All prices in CI. $1 CI = $1.25 US