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I cannot tell you how excited I was when Camana Bay opened up a few years ago.  It’s a brand new city on Grand Cayman.  Apartments, movie theater, shopping and six restaurants (proposed)!  Slowly but surely things have been opening up in the center which is bright and shiny and new.  One of the most recent foodie additions is a restaurant called Ortanique.
Restaurant buddy Rachel reserved us a table for the patio which overlooks the harbor at Camana Bay.  It was my first time at this Caribbean fusion restaurant. I’d heard the food was fabulous but the service was a bit lacking. I’m willing to wait a bit for my food if it’s outstanding, so I looked forward to a great night.
It started off with a bang.  I instantly zeroed in on the cheese platter, which featured three fantastic – albeit unidentified – cheeses and several yummy sauces including Cayman’s own pepper jelly.  It was delightful and set the bar pretty high for the rest of the meal.

Rachel started with pumpkin soup. She said it was ‘very nice’ with just a hint of spice, however it was luke-warm by the time she got it.  I had a taste and was a little disappointed by the lack of pumpkin flavor.  Still, I thought it was lovely.

For her main course, Rach went with the Mahi Mahi.  The fish was nice.  The sauce was not.

Pumpkin is a big deal in Cayman and since I was envious of Rach’s pumpkin soup decision, I decided to go with the spiced pumpkin ravioli for my main to make up for it.  The sauce was nice but I’m not sure there was actually any pumpkin in this dish. Boo.

Dessert was a sparkling Moscata for Rachel and plantain tarts for me.  The tarts were delicious.  The sauces were even better with the exception of what I believe was a tamarind sauce.  It was like a punch in the face.  Don’t get me wrong, it was tasty too but the other two sauces were very sweet so I wasn’t quite prepared for ‘sour.’

Before you ask, the martinis were LOVELY 🙂
Cheese Platter – $15
Pumpkin Soup – $9
Mahi Mahi – $28
Pumpin Ravioli – $21
Sparklin Moscata – $9
Plantain Tart – $8

All prices in CI.  $1 CI = $1.20 US
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  1. Sounds like an awesome night, you can always rely on the martinis to make up for any menu misfits, love your blog!

  2. Sounds like the food wasn't what you thought it would be. That can be disappointing. We found that in Cabo too. Some restaurants lived up to their reputations and others did not. I guess sometimes it depends on who's cooking for the night. Good think the drinks were terrific!

  3. Whew, at least the martini's were lovely, he he. I hate when the food disappoints. Although the pumpkin raviolis do have me wanting to try them for myself.

  4. Hm. I love reading your posts since they make me dream I'm on the island. Had no idea that pumpkin would be so popular in Cayman! Restau ,although perhaps not all great, it does sound super. I could cope with the ravioli and martinis, for example. 😉

  5. Em…the “Mahi Mahi” and “Pumpin Ravioli” look great! but on the other hands it seems pricely tooo….

  6. Yummy tempting.
    The soup looks nice and light..I always prefer clear soups.heard a lot about Mahi mahi ..but never tasted it.

  7. Great review! I want cheese and that pepper jelly! 😀 … And a martini!

  8. This place is not up to your expectations? But I guess, nothing could go wrong with a Martini! 🙂

  9. The cheese plate looked the best to me!!! But it looks like a fun place 🙂

  10. That sounds like a great place to dine with a couple of good friends.

  11. YUuuum everything looks great! Cheese platter to start with is new, normally it's towards the end!

  12. Great restaurant review, and the food looks fabulous, even though everything is not perfect.
    Looks like you girls had a wonderful time, and that's what really counts:DDD

  13. Sounds like quite a mix of the good and not so good. I am a big fan of pumpkin, so the different dishes containing that ingredient really intrigued me.

  14. Looks like you girls had fun! Everything looks good! But I agree about the prices!

  15. Everything looks so good- the restuarant sounds amazing!
    US Masala

  16. One day I should come and go review a restaurant with you, it sounds like fun! Yeah, pumpkin is one of those tricky things, the balance between no pumpmkin and overwhelming pumpkin can be close for some dishes, but I usually like to err on the side of too much. There is a little restaurant near me that has marvelous little patio and used to have a tasty open ravioli with pumpkin. I wonder if it is still on the menu? I shall have to check 🙂

  17. no pumpkin, wow that's sucks!! I do love the look of the soup!!


  18. Very nice post… I am so envious, you live in an amazing place!!!!

  19. The cheese platter looks so good!

  20. YUM! Sounds like a delicious time – I wish I was there!

  21. I'm jealous of your fabulous restaurants! Even though everything wasn't perfect, it still looks like you had a good time 🙂

    This may be a repeat message…sometimes my fingers are faster than my brain!

  22. Wow, everything looks delicious…love the Mahi Mahi dish…and of course the martinis 🙂 Hope you have a great week 😉

  23. It's too bad you spent that much money and the food wasn't as fantastic as you hoped or the service as good as it should be.

  24. What a nice restaurant. I'd really love to have enjoyed the meal with you. I hope you have a great day. Blessings…Mary

  25. Oh, the pumpkin soup sounds great to me!

  26. Hi There, Please share the trick of going out and reviwing the resataurant, it loks amazing and so much fun too… Have a great day….Sonia !!!

  27. I love how you review a restaurant; I wish I was there to try it out. It all looks fantatsic, but prices are kind of scary. Great post.

  28. Sounds like a wonderful restaurant! Wish I could join you.

  29. This looks outstanding! And a martini too? Bonus!

  30. Sounds like really interesting food and quite mixed in terms of delivery. Sounds like you had fun.

    (I'm going to have to move to Cayman – those prices are pretty normal for everyday dining in Ireland, although the recession has made many places offer better value.)

  31. Wow quite pricey indeed. While we were there I did try pumpkin ravioli and hated the sauce on them. They were ok not something I would eat again. I did love the soup though… I can say looking at everything is sure looks great but that bill would really through anyone for a loop on vacation… btw I would have drank several Martini's to get over that bill! lol nice post thanks for the review..

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