January 6, 2006
Blue, in the Ritz Carlton, lives up to everything that the Ritz Carlton name implies. The decor is beautiful, the food delicious, and the service impeccable. As the name implies, the decor includes a lot of blue, in all different shades. This is balanced by white tablecloths and taupe chairs and carpets. Tasteful but not pretentious pretty much says it all.The service was everything that you would expect from the Ritz Carlton. If you even thought of needing anything, they were right there with it.
Finally, the food was, of course, amazing. It is a prix-fixe menu (including an appetizer, entree, and dessert) for, I believe, $63 (Caymanian) per person. There was also the option of a tasting menu for $100 (Caymanian) per person. I could just say that the food was amazing and leave it at that, because pretty much everything was, from the bread to the dessert.First for appetizers we had cold coconut ginger soup with lobster, duck, crab cake bouillabaisse, ceviche, and I can't remember the last one. They were all good, though. The lobster soup was my appetizer. It had a very refreshing and interesting cold broth, with large chunks of lobster in it. For dinner I had the swordfish with the recommended sauce (I think it was mango something) and baby bok choy. The reason I don't remember the sauce is that the fish was cooked so wonderfully that it didn't need the sauce. Usually I am all about sauces, so that is a real compliment! Other members of my party had the sea bass, the lamb, the steak, and the wahoo. I, of course, tried all of them, and they were magnificent. The only complaint at the whole table was from the person who is lactose intolerant, and the complaint was that there were not enough dairy-free selections.For dessert we had passion fruit cream pie, donuts and cider, two chocolate cakes, and I can't remember the last thing. It isn't that the desserts weren't fantastic; the reason that I don't remember them very well is that they were gone so fast! We passed the plates around and each tried a piece. Everything was so good that it was gone before we knew it! After dessert, instead of mints with the check, they brought spoons with a little chocolate petit four and a jellied candy.Overall, it was expensive but a truly exceptional dining experience!
From journal Christmas Week in Grand Cayman