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Remember Prathna & Alejandro?

This gorgeous couple recently took full advantage of a cool foodie affair hosted by Pappagallo Restaurant in West Bay. Prathna thought it was definitely worth a write up on The Deep Dish so she’s guest posting today for me!  I’ve got the best. friends. ever.

So, since getting married and having the honeymoon of a lifetime in Bostwana, my fabulous husband and I have caught the travel bug and we’ve got it bad. Yes we live in paradise and its gorgeous here, but it’s also small and home to the virus known as ‘Rock Fever.’ The only cure is to get away.

We’ve been fortunate enough to go to Costa Rica, London and New York but sadly we’re still suffering from Rock Fever. Luckily, restaurant Pappagallo announced that they were doing a weekend special for the next few months titled ‘Around the world in 80 days.’ They would be creating menus that follow the journey of the famous tale and so providing a variety of cuisine from around the world.

Very suitably, the weekend we were able to go to celebrate our anniversary was ‘Bombay to Calcutta.’ I was SO excited. SO excited.

Pappagallo is Alejandro’s favourite restaurant on Grand Cayman. Its location is nothing short of breath taking.

We arrived to the usual attentive staff and welcome which included the world’s largest bread basket and even some brushetta. All complimentary. All delicious.

The special started with a Cardaman Martini, it was perfection. Not too strong, not too sweet and lovely taste of India, we both loved it!

The appetiser was red curry beef tart with curry consume and lobster dumplings. Wow. My husband LOVED the beef tart, it was his favourite part of the entire meal in fact. I am a pescatarian and so I stuck to the lobster dumplings, which were a little too greasy and bland for my spice loving palette, but inoffensive nonetheless.

The second course for me was Bengali fish curry. The saag paneer and pototo accompaniment was out of this world, so tasty, perfect flavours and so true to a traditional Indian dish. Very authentic. The fish was fresh, but a little lacking in flavour.   

Alejandro on the other hand had the lamb.  Now, my husband is a great chef and loves food, which makes him very critical. He felt that the meal was ‘too robust,’ too many flavours that collided. His Caribbean palate and my Indian one often disagree on this. Indian meals have a spicy curry, some tasty sides, hot spicy rice. Caribbean food tends to have one WOW factor on the plate and then a selection of more subtle sides. Of course we are both true to our respective origins and can never agree on what is best. OF COURSE IT’S INDIAN.

The poppadoms and onion chutney were a great accompaniment – SO MUCH FOOD. And after the bread and brushetta we were really starting to feel it now. But of course, we carried on.

Dessert was carrot halwa and it was nothing short of amazing. The only thing I could say is that I would have preferred to have a little ice-cream with it. But that is personal preference and me being greedy.

And that was it. We arrived safely in Calcutta 😉 We were supposed to go out for more drinks, post dinner, but were so suitably fed that we had to retire home.

Lovely evening, perfect company, fabulous location and 4 out of 5 stars for the food. ALL for a the very reasonable sum of $35CI each plus gratuities. We’ll definitely be going back for the next journey, and have recommended it to all our friends.

Namaste for now!
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  1. I can definitely understand different palates disagreeing on different items 🙂 That food looks top notch, love the idea of a red curry beef tart.

  2. Wow, what an incredible experience! Thanks for sharing!

  3. i love all the food… pls count me in

  4. I've always wanted to attend an Indian wedding, I've only ever heard about the huge attendance and beautiful food but sadly I don't have close Indian friends. 🙁

    The food looked lovely!

  5. Happy anniversary!! What a fun evening…and what a fun opportunity for more travels! Can't wait to hear more about them.

  6. Your meals look fabulous! Happy Anniversary 🙂 Such fun pictures!

  7. Happy Anniversary and what a great review. Looking forward to hearing more about your travels.

  8. Happy Anniversary, Prathna and Alejandro! Looks like you had a great time having delicious food here. Great guest post! 🙂

  9. Those photos are making me hungry! Lobster dumplings? Swoon.

  10. I'd definitely be taking home a doggie bag. That's a lot of food and it all looks wonderful!

  11. I love the samosa “tapas” on top of the cocktail glasses! All those drinks look so refreshing and delicious; I'm quite jealous…!

  12. I usually only make it ti Pappagallo when we have visitors. We need to go!

  13. This was fun…seeing the Grand Cayman islands…peeking into a fabulous restaurant and listening to evaluations of the food from diners actually from India! Have fun on this restaurant food tour…what a fantastic idea.

  14. Looks like a great restaurant. Thanks for the guest post!

  15. so much fun! everything looks great

  16. very cool great food and that travel bug never lets go after it bites we have it too ;0)

  17. What a wonderful way to spend your anniversary. The food looked delicious and all enjoyed with your spouse. Happy Anniversary and many, many more!

  18. A beautiful guest post my friend 😀
    And thank you for the cultural pics, what an awesome celebration!

    Choc Chip Uru

  19. Love the setting of the place and of course I want the Martini. Best wishes to the couple.

  20. Happy Anniversary dear friends! The meal looks lovely and I am Bengali and always thrilled to know far away from my state people are enjoying Bengali meals. Someday try Bengali prawn dishes that goes by the name chingri mancher malaikari and have papad with Bengali mango chutney. I am sure you will love them.
    May you both always be blessed!

  21. Prathna, reading your super guest post has given me yet another urge to make it to Cayman one day… Happy anniversary to you both. What a stunning couple you make! Thought you were in a movie…

  22. Happy Anniversary, Prathna and Alejandro! Sounds like a lovely meal to celebrate. The curry consomme sounds delightful as does that cardamon martini.

  23. Oh man! Now that flavor is going to be in my head till the longest time. YUM! 🙂

  24. I've been to an Indian wedding. The food was awesome!

  25. Such a wonderful guest post! Prathna, what a lovely celebratory meal! The food looks fantastic~

  26. What a wonderful evening! Thanks for letting me join you! I look forward to your next World Culinary Adventure! Safe Travels! Mrs. Herb Garden

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