Headed by Chef Laurence Tham, Upstairs at Kaibo is a restaurant that even the toughest food critics agree is worth the trip. Chef Laurence pairs his training in modern European cuisine with Caribbean ingredients to create a menu that is unparallelled in the Cayman Islands.
Dining at Upstairs is a truly special experience. The menu changes often in order for Chef Laurence to utilize to freshest ingredients available, from line caught fish from local waters to whatever produce is in season. Herb crusted fish, perfectly cooked tenderloin, and risotto are all common menu fixtures.
Though you may be stuffed, you won't want to skip dessert. Everything is made in house, with such offerings as white chocolate parfait with dark chocolate nougatine, and sticky banoffee pudding.
Wine pairings are available, as well as over 50 different rums.
The specialty at Upstairs at Kaibo is Seafood, but the influence of flavors is varied, including elements of both contemporary and International cuisines. Foodies who know when a meal's been skillfully prepared and presented will appreciate that this restaurant provides fine fare in a setting that's equally dressed for the occasion. This eatery is open for dinner only, so don't be shy about checking them out during their limited operating hours.
Guests at Upstairs have the choice of eating inside the air conditioned dining room, which is richly decorated with muslin curtains and couches you can't help by sink into, or out on the patio with a view of the north sound. Inside, everything centers around the rum bar, and in both locations the service is exemplary.
This restaurant is part of Kaibo Beach Bar & Grill, which is situated just outside the heart of Cayman Kai, on Grand Cayman; it is 5.4 miles to the north of Bodden Town.
Part of the reason why people book hotels in this location is the availability of outdoor attractions, such as Blue Tip Golf Course and Water Cay. Water Cay is the closest spot to access the beach, and lives just a short distance from Upstairs at Kaibo.
For diners trying to find an area restaurant with some similar types of food and/or a similar price range, there are several nearby options to choose from, including Casa Havana. It's found seven miles from Upstairs at Kaibo.
Then again, if you want something different, this section of Grand Cayman has a large selection of food and drink venues, where you will find all kinds of cuisine styles and menu items. For instance, you can try Caribbean fare at Rum Point Restaurant, which is one and an eighth miles away.
A typical entree at Upstairs will cost anywhere from $25 to $40(USD), and that's not including an appetizer, drinks, or dessert. A money saving option is to take advantage of the five and seven course tasting menus, which are $55 and $77(USD) respectively. Upstairs at Kaibo accepts major credit cards. In order to take advantage of a weekly Thursday morning fish delivery, Upstairs is open Thursday through Sunday only, and reservations are required.
Location: 585 Water Cay Road, Cayman Kai, Grand Cayman
Phone: (345) 947-9975
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