Friday 3 July, 2020

'Plant-based weekends' restaurant of the week is Cayman Cabana

Luigi and Christina Moxam were somewhat ahead of her time when they opened Cayman Cabana in 2012. Trailblazers of the locavore, eat local concept in Cayman, the couple is well-known for their bountiful Thursday night family-style feasts and their unique, fresh menu.

The popular landmark on the edges of Georgetown, overlooking the crystalline Caribbean sea, has become well-known for its commitment to mouthwatering original dishes made of the freshest seasonal produce, as well as its close partnerships with local growers and farmers. In 2019, I was thrilled to include this restaurant in my Forbes list of local establishments that make Cayman one of the world's leaders in plant-based foods.

Last week, Cayman Cabana busted out of the restaurant delivery starting gates with its "farm-to-table" to go, and for those who haven't seen it yet, there is definitely something extra special about this lockdown delivery menu. 

For those of us who are struggling with those extra lockdown pounds or who would like to help preserve the food security of the Cayman Islands, there is simply no better option than going local, from the perspective of health, freshness, flavour and the economy. BUT what trumps all else, is the flavour of this food.

From a mental health standpoint, I simply felt better after consuming delicious and healthy comfort food. Whether washed down with a glass of water or a slightly sinful bottle of wine, there is nothing that most people need more right now than a bit of guiltless luxury.

My delivery order of plantain flatbread with caramelized onions, Cayman hot pepper jelly and rosemary was intended as a starchy accompaniment, to the harvest v'ITALITY soup, a bountiful puree of carrot, sweet potato, ginger, turmeric, lemongrass and coconut milk. I had intended to share the bread with my daughters, but sadly for them, they received a lot less than I had originally intended. Even my eldest daughter, who despises onions, couldn't get enough of this better-than-pizza healthy alternative-- but I was forced to lay claim to what I rightly said was "my food".

The Ital callaloo Buddha bowl was another loving expression of why we should keep our dining choices as local as possible. From the garden wild rice to sweet potatoes, to gourmet tomatoes, carrots, corn, carrots, avocado, greens and peppers, topped off with "goddess sauce", this salad-alternative was packed with rich, filling flavour. 

Ital callaloo Buddha bowl, plantain flatbread and harvest v'ITALITY soup

With a variety of plant-based options such as the coconut ceviche, stay in ya yaad burger or funghi flatbread, nothing says "staying home isn't so bad after all" than some Cayman Cabana takeout and for those diners who love meat, this menu has plenty to offer as well.

View the menu on Cayman Cabana's Facebook page at  https://www.facebook.com/CaymanCabana and order a Farm to Table to go, sustainably-sourced meal, by calling or whatsapping 525-0404. 

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