The perfect beach meal

Dining on Seven Mile Beach while watching the sun melt into the Caribbean Sea is one of the sublime experiences Grand Cayman offers. The food need not be fancy to enjoy this experience, but it helps if it's delicious and served with friendly professionalism. 

At Bar Jack, the beach restaurant/bar at The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman, a sunset meal is a tasty experience that is not only by the sea, but also, if you want, of the sea. You can still get a cheeseburger in paradise (and a good one at that, made with Niman Ranch all-natural beef) if you want, but the most popular menu items come from the sea, just steps away from where you dine. Why eat a cheeseburger when you can have seafood by the sea?

Fish tacos and more

For those who like fish and tacos, Bar Jack's fish tacos are a must-try. They start with a layer of blackened snapper pieces and are then topped with Caribbean coleslaw, toasted pumpkin seeds and lime aioli. The tacos are served with lime wedges, which give them a refreshing tartness. The combination of ingredients creates a Caribbean flavour that is unique, delicious and satisfying. 

There are three, fully stuffed tacos in an order, which is plenty for one person to eat, or for two or three people to share as an appetiser. 

There are several other seafood options on the Bar Jack menu, including conch tacos, wahoo ceviche, tuna poke sushi rice bowls, lobster and shrimp corn dogs, blackened fish burgers made with mahi mahi and crispy shrimp po-boy sandwiches.

The wahoo ceviche in particular is excellent. Made with one of the most loved food fish in Cayman waters, it combines starfruit and lime juice, red onion, pieces of orange and avocado to form a zesty seafood treat. It is served with tortilla chips and is easily shared with two to four people. 

In addition to seafood and burgers, Bar Jack serves a variety of sandwiches, salads and bowls as well as chicken wings, quesadillas and nachos. Sandwiches and burgers are served with a choice of French fries, sweet potato fries, seasonal fruit or a mixed green salad.

There's also a kids' menu that includes the ever-popular chicken tenders as well as build-it-yourself fish tacos, with fun add-ons like goldfish crackers.

Desserts include ice cream, fruit plates and key lime pie, as well as one that is a huge hit with kids or adults who are young at heart: classic s'mores, which are served on a wooden board with a mini hibachi lit with Sterno. All the classic ingredients for a s'more are on the board — graham crackers, marshmallows and Hersey's chocolate bars, along with a pronged skewer. Guests make their s'mores themselves, right at the table, which is great fun for kids and adults alike.

Although the waitstaff dresses casually in shorts, there is nothing casual about their service — it's the same high-level, friendly service you find throughout The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman.

Drinks

Bar Jack features a full-service bar with beers, wines and cocktails. It's most well-known cocktail is a frozen piña colada. It's made with coconut cream, coconut milk and pineapple juice, which are blended into soft-serve ice cream and then swirled with Flor de Caña rum from Nicaragua. It's rich and tasty and has enough sweetness to serve as an after-dinner dessert cocktail.

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This article appears in print in the August 2020 edition of Camana Bay Times.

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