Restaurant Week 2012: Guy Harvey’s
It’s yummy. It’s exciting. It’s totally affordable. And it’s almost here…
Restaurant Week 2012!
Starting Monday, 16 of Cayman’s hottest restaurants will be luring in foodies with specials that will knock your socks RIGHT OFF. The Cayman Islands Tourism Association invited The Deep Dish to take our readers to two of their participating member restaurants, giving you a taste of what’s in store.
Guy Harvey’s Restaurant & Bar
Located on the waterfront in Cayman’s capital, Guy Harvey’s features “a selection of popular West Indies and French entrees served in a comfortable setting overlooking George Town’s picturesque harbor.’ In case you aren’t familiar with Mr. Harvey, he’s pretty much a super hero: ‘Guy Harvey is a unique blend of artist, scientist, diver, angler, conservationist and explorer.’ And his studio is right here in Cayman.
As part of Restaurant Week, Guy Harvey’s is doing a three course lunch and dinner special featuring all sorts of fabulous dishes including pumpkin soup, short beef ribs, Caribbean style snapper and cassava cake. I popped ’round for a little preview.
We started with this lovely Wahoo Paté with French Crusty Bread. It was like eating a bit of cloud. This dish was perfectly textured (is that a word? it should be) when the smoky paté was smeared on the crunchy bread. This is a manly portion too. Definitely getting a bang for your buck on this one.
Next up was a first for me: Flying fish. Almond crusted flying fish with a lemon caper sauce to be exact. Normally, I’m a little overwhelmed when there’s this much going on, but chef did a fantastic job of using complimentary rather than competing components. Like fabulous grown-up fish sticks with a master’s degree is Yum.
Here’s where Guy Harvey’s made me do the eyes-rolling-back-in-the-head thing. This lionfish tempura with stir fry vegetables is an awesome way of serving up what’s still a pretty new item on Cayman’s menus. So far, I’ve had this naughty invasive species breaded, chowdered, sammiched and ceviched. Tempura…um..tempura-ed is my new favorite!
And it isn’t a proper meal without a decadent dessert. Sticky Toffee Pudding is one of three different sweet treats being featured on Guy Harvey’s $35 dinner menu. I assure you…it’s as good as it looks.
I’d like to thank the Cayman Islands Tourism Association and Guy Harvey’s for taking me on this exciting culinary adventure and I encourage you to take full advantage of Cayman’s Restaurant Week which is taking place October 1 – 6.