This was the best dining experience we had while visiting The Caymans. The ceviche, cocktails, & service were exceptional.
Maybe my expectations were too high, but a series of issues throughout the :
* First cocktail I ordered was unavailable; second was overpowered with lime juice
* Missing several key ingredients for my entree (bouillabaisse); they reduced the price from $42 CI ($50 US) to $38 CI to compensate for absent scallops and mussels
* Shrimp were butterflied, but bit right into a vein on the first one
* Ceviche/tartare less than fresh
* Service was fine, but nothing exceptional
At $20/person I'd expect this and be happy with my meal, but the final bill was more than I generally pay for a stellar meal in New York... Do not recommend.
We were on vacation in Grand Cayman and decided to treat ourselves to a fine dining experience. We selected Ortanique based on the menu and proximity to the resort we were at. This was one of the top 5 meals we have had anywhere. Definitely would recommend to anyone visiting.
This was our first brunch at Ortanique, and I was concerned that it might be a bit of a zoo since it was Easter. It was quite busy and they did run out of plates on the buffet one time, but overall it was a very good, relaxing experience. Our outdoor seats were quite pleasant, and though our server had two quite large tables beside ours, she did a yeoman job in keeping our champagne glasses full (note to management--a server should only have ONE more than four-topper). The buffet was very good, boasting chicken, fish and veggie dishes as well as salads and desserts. You can order egg dishes (included in $35 CD cost) a la carte from the server, and my eggs benedict were excellent. They also have a build your own ceviche bar, and on this holiday had a pasta made-to-order bar. Overall a wonderful holiday feast.
From start to finish we truly enjoyed the atmosphere, ambiance, location, service, and most importantly the delicious food. The menu is very concise. However, the flavors exploded with eclectic ingredients not often used in the United States. Obviously, great love is put into the preparation and presentation.
Everyone in our party loves the food- the fish and all flavora was incredible. It was a slow night so it was surprising that the service was really slow. Our waitstaff was pleasant but overcharged is for wine we never got. If they have sweet potato mash get double- we could eat that three meals a day'
We dined at Ortanique recently and our experience was, in every way but one, exemplary. Our table was ready as reserved, our server was gracious and professional, and the food... wow. There is someone in the kitchen at this restaurant that has a love affair with food. Hands down the best ceviche I've had due not only to the flavors but also the presentation that added to the dish rather than adorned it. Sauces were spot on with the Tuna entree that I had and my Wife's two courses were outstanding as well. When they served old school garlic bread, I was dubious. But, that little touch added just the right, simple counterpoint that was needed.
As an Executive Chef, I don't often gush like this.
Our one complaint - a server (not ours) at a nearby table ought not be allowed within 100 yards of a restaurant. His booming voice was annoying as he disclosed (ad nauseum) to his guests how much he paid for rent, how hard he worked, how difficult it was to make ends meet, etc etc. I'm reasonably certain the very able manager will resolve that issue.
Note to the Patissier: Amazing work... Try burning the alcohol off of the rum before soaking the sponge on the Coconut dessert. Or maybe burning it off from 75% of it and then mixing it back with the balance. Other than that, you guys sent us home in a dream state. Good job.
We had a delightful dinner at Ortanique. The fish was incredibly fresh and well prepared. The ceviche appetizer was a winner. Our waiter was incredibly friendly and very helpful. He even gave us some suggestions of other restaurants to dine at on the island. The ambiance was lovely as well. I would definitely return to this restaurant next time I am in Grand Cayman.
Food was excellent. The salmon had great flavor and the desserts were great
Have been coming to Grand Cayman for years. Ortanique has always had some of the best food on the island. The one weak point had been service but that has corrected. We have been here for a month vacation and ate there more than any other spot. Nothing but favorable experiences.