Blue Cilantro (Grand Cayman)

Blue Cilantro Cayman Islands

If you’re looking for a posh restaurant, Blue Cilantro fits the bill: thick white linens and shining silverware all swathed in an azure blue, so it’s almost like you’re dining in an aquarium – a fancy one, of course. We sat in the solarium at the front, which was lightly air conditioned so we wouldn’t freeze in our dresses and cover-ups. The setting was tranquil, yet offered some people watching capabilities as it overlooks a busy main road.

Being a fine dining establishment, Blue Cilantro presented the customary complimentary bites: an amuse bouche of smooth pureed cantaloupe topped with crispy plantain chip and selection of fairly sweet chocolates at the end.

Two plump ravioli (CI$14) arrived in the appetizer portion – they looked great with a fairly thin pasta and glistening sauce. Indeed, the buttery pumpkin chorizo sauce even tasted good, with the truffle oil emitting a decadent scent. This dish could have exquisite if it weren’t for the overcooked lobster inside, robbed of its sweetness and reduced to what tasted like pieces of eraser.

Similarly, the yellow fin tuna (CI$14) appeared fantastic with its carefully placed mico herbs and artfully chosen colours. Yet the fussiness over powered the fish: shichimi spices, sweet pomegranate seed, pickled cabbage, horseradish cream, fried jalapenos and dashi! All great tasty ingredients and if limited to a few would have been delicious, but with them all was excessive for me.

It was the simple clay oven breads (CI$8 for four flavours) that finally satisfied.  A cross between freshly made naan and laffa, they are thin, smoky and chewy then enhanced with other ingredients.


With a variety of options to choose from, we tried many from the “stuffed” series: the pepper jack cheese (very difficult to not like melted cheese and bread), black forest ham (micro-fine pieces of the salty meat paired nicely with the pineapple chutney), and Yukon gold potato (incorporated some curry and heat, but I added extra jalapeño chutney to it anyways). The sole unstuffed bread was the roasted garlic, which was tasty, if not a tad oily, but went well with the sweet tomato relish.  

Wanting to end my last Caymans meal with more seafood, the Asian aromatic seafood (CI$39) main sounded like a blessing: a mix of lobster, scallops, shrimps, clams and mussels?!

Overall, like most of Blue Cilantro’s dishes, it presents better than it tastes. The young coconut broth promised hints of Thai, but really ended up being a sweet sauce that lacked other aromatics despite being a reddish-orange hue. Thankfully, the seafood was cooked adequately (although the shellfish needs to be soaked longer as the mussels and clams left a grittiness) and there was a nice selection to accompany the sticky sushi rice.

In the end, as I said, if you’re looking for a posh restaurant, Blue Cilantro has all the elements you’re seeking: fancy tableware, hushed attentive service and a serene environment. But, if you want to taste skillfully executed dishes it hasn’t hit the mark. After all, with the promise of lobster ravioli, glistening tunas and a seafood cacophony; it’s a tad disappointing when the most impressive dish was bread stuffed with potato, meat and cheese.   

Overall mark - 6 out of 10

How To Find Them
 Location: Seven Mile Beach, Grand Cayman
 Address: 1 Gecko Link (Fidelity Financial Center)

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