The Journal has teamed up with Blackbeards this month for a whirlwind tour from one end of the island to the other of some great restaurants which will be serving up some wonderful inexpensive bubbly on Mother’s Day. So why not take your mum out for a lovely lunch, which won’t break the bank! Business Editor Lindsey Turnbull reports.
Mothering Sunday, which this year falls on 9 May, always gives us a wonderful opportunity to show just how much we appreciate our mums, yet brunches and lunches on island can burn quite a whole in the pocket, so The Journal and Blackbeards have scoured Cayman to come up with some well-priced but still stylish solutions.
Classy cuisine with beautiful views
Starting in the West, at The Cracked Conch in West Bay, Blackbeards Jodie Petts and yours truly were bedazzled by the incredible beauty of the spot, nestled on the coast overlooking the Caribbean. Diners can enjoy a multitude of angles from which to enjoy the scenery – from inside in air-conditioned comfort, the top patio, which is well shaded from the sun or downstairs on the breezy deck, which will still have ample shade for their special one-of-a-kind Mother’s Day brunch.
If you decide to sample the culinary delights of the restaurant’s Mother’s Day brunch, the Cracked Conch’s friendly and knowledgeable General Manager Matt Moore will no doubt welcome you and your mum and usher you to your well-appointed table. Executive Chef Gilbert Cavallaro will spoil you and your mum rotten with his own unique style of cuisine. Something of a culinary genius, Chef Gilbert will excite your tastebuds and interest your palate like no other, turning a simple conch ceviche into something of an art form, while his passion fruit ‘caviar’ has to be tried to be believed. Inventive and delicious, fresh and clean, these are all signatures of Chef Gilbert’s culinary style.
Matt says Cracked Conch has a long and well respected reputation for a highly popular brunch, though nowadays brunch is saved for very special occasions: “We enjoy putting on a really lovely brunch for particular occasions such as Mother’s Day, Father’s day and Easter. Guests particularly like to sample our inimitable brand of international cuisine served with a local flair. We will be serving a fantastic selection of dishes to suit a wide variety of palates along with Prosecco from Fantinel, a sure winner for the occasion.”
Jodie says: “The Fantinel Prosecco, from Italy’s Friuli region, is a particular crowd pleaser. It’s timeless, elegant with just the right amount of sparkle to make your mum feel special!”
The Cracked Conch’s Mother’s Day brunch is from 11am until 3pm and costs CI$30 per person without Prosecco and CI$45 per person with endless Prosecco. Children under 12 cost CI$15.
West Bay’s best kept secret
Heading just a fraction East our next stop is the tiny Alfresco restaurant, situated overlooking the West Bay Beach just after the four way stop and just before the turn off to North West Point Road.
This is a hidden gem of a restaurant, with a small patio area shaded by umbrellas perched right on the edge of the beach for one of the best views of the Caribbean Sea on the island. Mums will receive a free glass of Concha y Toro with their lunchtime meal and there is a delightful range of excellent dishes to choose from, from creamy gnocchi to crispy coconut shrimp, from fresh and flavourful salads to juicy burgers. A small and intimate venue for those in the know and a very special way to treat Mum.
Mezza’s Big little brunch
Mezza is a brunch venue adored by many already, a unique twist on the idea as restaurant owners Guy and Alex have devised their own unique brunch menu which diners can choose off as many times as their stomachs have room. Unlike most brunches, diners do not serve themselves buffet style; instead each brunch menu choice is served at the table.
Choose from an extravaganza of eggs, cooked pretty much any way you can think of, appetizers to suit all palates, plus salads, mains and desserts. Favourites are the flash fried tuna roulade, the adobe spiced chicken and spinach salad and Mezza’s own fantastic pâté. Specials for Mother’s Day brunch might include banana leaf wrapped snapper fillet, roasted turkey breast or roasted leg of lamb, all washed down with Blackbeard’s sparkling and snazzy Fantinel, what more could your mum want? Prices are the same as the regular Mezza brunch – CI$30 for brunch plus an extra CI$15 for endless Prosecco.
Sparkling wine and surf
Having established a strong local following from families with kids who love to skate and surf, The Brickhouse is capitalising on its family-friendly ambiance this Mother’s Day with a fantastic bottomless Mimosa (Concha y Toro and orange juice) cocktail for mums and a drop-in wave session for kids under 12 at the Surf Park, whereby from 11am until 11.30am kids get a half an hour of free surfing to their heart’s content. After that there is a CI$20 charge per half an hour, still an incredibly good deal for entertaining the kids while the adults enjoy their brunch.
The Brickhouse’s General Manager John Mack, say there will be lots of other entertainment for children: “We will have a kids’ play area which will include a bouncy slide so they can have lots of fun,” he confirms. “We will be serving our a la carte all day breakfast so everyone can enjoy a reasonably price menu.”
Jodie says: “Concha y Toro is Chile and indeed one of Latin America’s leading wine exporters and it produce some amazing sparkling wines that are well priced and perfect for brunch. The wine will add a sparkling touch to The Brickhouse’s mimosas which I’m sure will go down really well with mums who try it.”
And if you just fancy laying on a spread for your mum (and dad!) at home, Blackbeards have sparkling wines and Champagnes covered, suiting all tastes and budgets.