By Chef Massimo De Francesca

 Grand Cayman | Photo Credits: ©Find. Eat. Drink.

Grand Cayman | Photo Credits: ©Find. Eat. Drink.


About Chef Massimo De Francesca

 Chef Massimo De Francesca | Photograph courtesy of Kimpton Hotels

Chef Massimo De Francesca | Photograph courtesy of Kimpton Hotels

Massimo De Francesca is the executive chef for the Kimpton Seafire Resort + Spa in Grand Cayman. Since 2008, he has worked with Kimpton Hotels at Domaso Trattoria Moderna in Arlington, VA; at Nios in New York City; Taggia at FireSky Resort and Spa in Scottsdale, AZ; and SaltRock Kitchen at Kimpton’s Amara Resort and Spa in Sedona, AZ. Previously, he worked in Toronto, in Italy, and at the Westin Casuarina Resort in Grand Cayman.


 Photograph courtesy of Coccoloba

Photograph courtesy of Coccoloba

Coccoloba

My Tip: The daily ceviche is a must try at our Mexican restaurant. It is prepared with fresh local island fish marinated in classic Mexican / Peruvian / Latin style and topped with avocado. It is served with crispy root chips.
www.coccolobacaymanislands.com

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Ave

My Tip: Influenced by Mediterranean and Caribbean cuisines, the local snapper is our most popular dish. It is cooked crispy-skin on the plancha, served atop roasted caponata, topped with pine nuts and za'atar salsa verde. 
www.averestaurant.com

 Photograph courtesy of Kimpton Hotels

Photograph courtesy of Kimpton Hotels

Avecita

My Tip: This is our signature Spanish restaurant, so I recommend trying a portion (or two) of hand-sliced Iberico Jamon and the Olives Evolution. The olive dish is an ode to Ferran Adria's famous spherical olives served with marinated Spanish olives.
www.averestaurant.com

Kimpton Seafire Resort & Spa
60 Tanager Way, Seven Mile Beach, KY1-1303, Cayman Islands
T: 
345.746.0000
www.seafireresortandspa.com


CHEF MASSIMO'S GRAND CAYMAN GUIDE

Breakfast

 Photograph courtesy of Cimbovo

Photograph courtesy of Cimbovo

Cimboco

My Tip: Get the Jerk chicken scrambled eggs. 

Marquee Plaza
Lawrence Boulevard, Seven Mile Beach
T: 345.947.2782
www.cimboco.com

Icoa 

This is a favorite spot of mine. They serve great breakfasts, lunches, dinners, and also have great retail.

11 Seven Mile Shops, West Bay Road, Seven Mile Beach
T: 345.945.1915
www.icoa.ky

Lunch

 Dhalpourie Roti Stuffed with Goat Curry at Singh's Roti Shop | Photo Credit: ©Find. Eat. Drink.

Dhalpourie Roti Stuffed with Goat Curry at Singh's Roti Shop | Photo Credit: ©Find. Eat. Drink.

Singh's Roti Shop

They make the best roti -- the texture and flavors are authentic and delicious. 

My Tip: I order a Curried Shrimp Roti or a Veggie Roti with potato, pumpkin, and spinach.

108 Dr Roys Drive, George Town
T: 345.946.7684
www.singhsroti.ky


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Off The Beaten Track

 Heritage Kitchen in West Bay | Photo Credit: Find. Eat. Drink.

Heritage Kitchen in West Bay | Photo Credit: Find. Eat. Drink.

Heritage Kitchen 

I like heading up to West Bay and stopping into Heritage Kitchen. It's off the main road, so you'd never know it exists.

My Tip: They make amazing fried local fish topped with escovitch sauce.

Boggy Sand Road, West Bay
T: 345.916.0444
www.heritagekitchencayman.com

 Fish with Escovitch sauce at Heritage Kitchen | Photo Credit: ©Find. Eat. Drink.

Fish with Escovitch sauce at Heritage Kitchen | Photo Credit: ©Find. Eat. Drink.

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 East End | Photo Credit: ©Find. Eat. Drink.

East End | Photo Credit: ©Find. Eat. Drink.

East End

I always like taking a drive along the coast, heading toward the east side

My Tip: Stop to see the blow holes. They're incredible.

Frank Sound Road, east of Bodden Town, near East End

Sweets

Gelato and Co. Cremeria Italiana

Make a trip to Camana Bay, stroll around, and try their excellent varieties of gelati.

Camana Bay The Crescent
Solaris Avenue, West Bay Road, George Town | T: 345.324.4359
Cardinal Avenue, George Town | T: 345.743.9999
gelatoeco.com

 Photograph courtesy of Gelato and Co Cremeria Iialiana

Photograph courtesy of Gelato and Co Cremeria Iialiana

Sunset & Beach Bars

 Watch the sunset and drink a cocktail at Sunset House | Photo Credit: ©Find. Eat. Drink.

Watch the sunset and drink a cocktail at Sunset House | Photo Credit: ©Find. Eat. Drink.

Sunset House

This is my favorite place to watch the sunset. It's located in South Sound and it's right on the water with great views. 

My Tip: I either enjoy a crispy Caybrew or White Tip beers [brewed locally] or a cocktail.

390 South Church Street, George Town
T: 800.854.4767

www.sunsethouse.com

 Photograph courtesy of Hemingways

Photograph courtesy of Hemingways

Hemingways

This is a cool spot to hang out at. You'll find good tunes, good food, and the beach is fantastic. 

My Tip: Make sure to get there early and bring sunscreen.

Grand Cayman Beach Suites
747 West Bay Road, Seven Mile Beach
T: 345.746.1234
www.hemingways.ky

Dinner

 Photographs courtesy of Bacaro

Photographs courtesy of Bacaro

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MODERN STYLE

Bacaro 

They offer really good modern interpretations of Venetian-style tapas with local influences. 

My Tip: The cocktails are excellent.

Yacht Club, Governors Creek
T: 345.749.4800
www.bacaro.ky

CLASSIC STYLE

Chicken! Chicken! 

They serve simple herb roasted chicken with delicious sides and salads and it's always consistent.

My Tip: They have the best brownie I have ever tried. 

West Shore Center, 508 West Bay Road, George Town
T: 345.945.2290
www.chicken2.com 

TRADITIONAL STYLE

Grand Old House

It's a beautiful waterfront restaurant that's been here for many years.

My Tip: Come here for elegant Caribbean food.

648 South Church Street, George Town
T: 345.949.9333
www.grandoldhouse.com

Late Night

 Photographs courtesy of Anchor & Den

Photographs courtesy of Anchor & Den

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Anchor & Den

This bar and restaurant is very entertaining. 

My Tip: Every Thursday, you can find traditional Flamenco music and dancing. 

Grand Cayman Marriott Beach Resort
389 West Bay Road, Seven Mile Beach
T: 345.949.0088
www.anchorandden.com

BackRoom

This is a speakeasy style bar.

My Tip: They shake up delicious cocktails.

Regency Court, 672 West Bay Road, George Town


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