Taste of Solana
Killer view, huh?
‘Gourmet cuisine and oceanfront dining with spectacular views’ is the tagline for this week’s featured Taste of Cayman participant. Visitors to Solana on Seven Mile Beach at the Marriott Grand Cayman Resort get to enjoy this white-sand, blue-seas snapshot as they take their taste buds on an equally exciting adventure.
This is the first time TDD has reviewed Solana and I’ve found that when it doubt, let the Chef work it out. My friend Prathna and I headed over for lunch and asked Chef Anthony to choose our menu. Prathna – being the high maintenance diner that she is – pointed out that she’s a vegetarian and fish was not an option to give Chef a bit of a challenge 🙂
Solana delivered right from the get-go with this lovely spinach salad with avocado and blue cheese. It was drizzled with a fantastic raspberry dressing that heightened the yum factor.
I was treated to this beautiful tuna tartare with wasabi-ginger crisps, dolphin (not the Flipper kind) caviar, sweet pickled carrot and a wasabi mayo. I loved the presentation! This tuna was caught just hours before and words cannot describe how much a difference you can taste when the fish is that fresh. Outstanding.
For my main, Chef sent out this equally fresh local snapper which was pan-seared with seasonal veggies and topped with mango salsa. I felt so virtuous eating this super healthy dish and y’all know me and mangoes. So, so good.
For Prathna, Chef provided her with a dish that was a vegetarian take on Solana’s West Indies Chicken Curry with rice, mango chutney and naan. She thought the curry lovely, not too creamy and mild. She described it as being ‘very authentic’. There were lots of ‘mmmmms’ while she was eating.
Oh man. Just looking at these pictures makes me drool a little. Solana was in the process of breaking in a new pastry-chef while we were there so these lovely desserts were actually created by local restaurant Treats. I love seeing a team up like this. I also can’t wait to see some of Solana’s new pastry chef’s yummy sweets at this year’s Taste of Cayman!
And congrats to Ilke at Ilke’s Kitchen who has picked up the Michael’s Genuine Food cookbook graciously provided by the folks over at Michael’s Genuine Grand Cayman and the Cayman Islands Tourism Association!