I Tried Conch and Ceviche For The First Time In The Cayman Islands
If you're new here, you might not know that I've been a foodie since birth. I was eating steaks at nine years old without a care (or a dollar) in the world. So when I finally made it to the Cayman Islands on my first trip to The Caribbean, I knew I had to get my hands on some local eats.
In partnership with Cayman Islands Department of Tourism, my mom and I enjoyed this meal. However, my taste buds don't lie and this review is my honest opinion.
So Lobster Pot it was. We chose this place because of its awesome reviews online and the stunning views of the beach. After a full morning of swimming and jet skiing at Seven Mile Beach, we decided to pop over to Lobster Pot for an early lunch. Upon arrival, we were greeted with warm smiles from the manager and waitstaff. I'm actually pretty happy that we came early because we nearly had the dining room to ourselves. Little did we know, we were walking into history with Lobster Pot being a family owned restaurant and one of the longest operated restaurants in Grand Cayman. If you're coming on a cruise ship, Lobster Pot is a 3 minute drive from the port.
We sat beachside for what was an amazingly fresh feast. From conch to ceviche, I was at Lobster Pot to let my taste buds do whatever they pleased. Good thing I'm a total seafood-holic as a native Baltimorean. So we dug right in to seafood heaven!
The Food :
We started the meal with 'Cayman Conch Cowder' (it's the national soup!) and Fresh Ceviche because there's a first time for everything.
Believe it or not, conch is actually pretty tasty. I found that the texture was similar to lump crabmeat and it had a slightly fishy taste. The real star of the soup was the spiciness. The flavor was bold without being overpowering. Perfect!
THAT CEVICHE THOUGH. My first bite of ceviche was every piece of goodness that I expected but nothing quite like what I thought it would be. They weren't exaggerating when they said it was fresh. Bursts of lime paired with the juiciest tomatoes and fresh shrimp was a heavenly combo. I really felt like the ingredients came straight from the garden and landed on my plate.
For the main course, I ordered the 'Captian's Catch of the day' - grouper made Cayman Islands style. After chatting with our waiter Elena (Hey, Elena!), I knew I had to get the grouper Cayman style which is a tomato-based sauce with peppers. It was the perfect amount of spice and not overly tomato-ish. The grouper was fresh (again, straight from the ocean) and the rice, beans and plantains were even better. My mom opted for the 'Garlic Shrimp' with the creamiest mash potatoes ever. Seriously. She couldn't stop raving about how great the plantains were. She loved that they were pan-fried and golden brown compared to the sometimes heavier, greasy plantains we've had.
I've had ceviche twice since this trip, so it's safe to say I'm addicted. Thank you, Lobster Pot, for the awesome hospitality. I wont' ever stop recommending this food and Cayman in general because it was drop dead gorgeous!
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Visit Cayman Islands: https://www.visitcaymanislands.com/en-us/
Eat at Lobster Pot: http://www.lobsterpot.ky/