What’s better than eating loads of incredibly tasty soup? How about slurping down loads of incredibly tasty soup for a good cause!
For the third year in a row, Big Brothers Big Sisters
has helped foodies in Cayman pre-game for the big Super Bowl showdown by hosting the “Soup-er Bowl” at the Camana Bay Arts & Recreation Center. This year, 23 restaurants competed for the coveted Best Soup in Cayman title.
Soups, chowders, chilis, bisques; hot, cold; sweet, savory, spicy, VERY SPICY. We decided to attack it in a orderly fashion, so after picking the route, we set off for Thai Orchid
. Our first stop set the bar pretty high with their Tom Yum Goong. ‘Yum’ was an appropriate word for this spicy soup.
The first dazzler of the day came from Calypso Grill
in the form of Roasted Breadfruit chowder. It was served with dried plantain chips and it was a perfect combo. Breadfruit is a staple side dish here and it was nice to see it be the center of attention for a change.
Occupying a corner space in the recreation center was the booth – complete with red carpet – for 7
at the Ritz-Carlton with its ‘Famous Maine Lobster Bisque En Croute. A pretty presentation for an unexciting soup.
Across the way was the booth for one of my favorite restaurants in Cayman, Bacchus
. Their feature soup was Satinasutro – Asian Tomato Fusion. It was served with a drop of pesto and a yummy mozzarella ball. I’m a sucker for tomato soup already, but throw in cheese and I have to refrain from knocking down the booth lady and swiping the goods.
As we made our way around the stalls, we were treated to gumbo, clam chowder and a super tasty butternut squash soup (my husband, Clark Kent, disagrees with that review) before making it to last year’s winner, Guy Harvey’s Island Grill where Chef Romeo was serving his award winning Lobster Veloute.
Another spectacular soup came from Rackam’s. It was a bland-sounding chicken and vegetable soup, but thou shalt not judge food (including soup) by the name. One person first loaded the little jello shot cup with about a zillion different types of veggies – including this knotted tiger lily – then someone else topped it off with a lovely coconut infused chicken soup.
The Big Boss (like Bruce Lee-style) of the event, and my number one choice for Cayman’s Best Soup, came from Chef Matthias at Deckers
with his roundhouse sensation ‘Chilled Banana Soup laced with Bermuda Goslings Rum.’
It was so good I forgot to take a picture, even when I went back for seconds. When asked, Mats told me he serves this soup with plantain chips making for a sweet and savory pairing. I’m looking forward to heading to Deckers for the full monty.
Now, here’s the bit ya’ll have been trudging through this blog for – the swag. I’ve got a $50 gift certificate for Thai Orchard up for grabs.
To enter for the draw:
1) please leave me your favorite soup recipe as a comment.
2) re-Tweet or repost this on Twitter or Facebook to share the Thai Orchid love.