Kimpton Grand Cayman Dining Review: Ave and Avecita Restaurants

Kimpton Grand Cayman Dining Review: Ave and Avecita Restaurants

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This Kimpton Grand Cayman Dining Review of Ave Restaurant and Avecita is from our stay at the resort prior to the busy 2019-2020 holiday season.

Ave Restaurant is the resort's main restaurant, where a breakfast buffet is served daily from 7-11am; Sunday brunch is served from 12noon to 3pm. Dinner is served nightly from 6-10pm.

Ave Restaurant Breakfast Buffet

We were at Ave Restaurant soon after it opened at 7am, since we were meeting a guide at 8:30am. The breakfast buffet includes an omelet station, and near it was some great, very spicy hot sauce. There were also other hot dishes on the buffet, from quiche to bacon and sausages.

Ave Restaurant Breakfast Buffet, Kimpton Grand Cayman Review
Seafire Hot Sauce, Ave Restaurant Breakfast Buffet, Kimpton Grand Cayman Review

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There were an array of cold cuts, smoked salmon, veggies, salad, cheese and fresh papaya:

Ave Restaurant Breakfast Buffet, Kimpton Grand Cayman Dining Review

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Pastries included pain au chocolat, pain aux raisins, twists, and some delicious coconut danishes.

Ave Restaurant Breakfast Pastries, Kimpton Grand Cayman Dining Review

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By the juices there were big bowls of fresh blueberries and blackberries, which I appreciated; cheaper hotel buffets often don't have fresh berries.

Ave Restaurant Breakfast Buffet: Juices and Berries, Kimpton Grand Cayman

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We decided to sit outside on the terrace, which does have a canvas roof shielding it, although when it started to rain heavily and some of it blew towards us, we moved inside.

Ave Restaurant Outdoor Seating at Breakfast, Kimpton Seafire Grand Cayman
Ave Restaurant Outdoor Seating at Breakfast, Kimpton Grand Cayman Review

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Breakfast at Ave Restaurant, Kimpton Seafire Grand Cayman Dining Review
Breakfast Pastries, Kimpton Grand Cayman Review

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Keep in mind that espresso drinks and specialty coffees are not included in the breakfast buffet rate or as part of the complimentary Virtuoso breakfast. Even so, the $5 we paid for a cappuccino was worth it, as it was the best cappuccino by far that we had in Grand Cayman.

Cappuccino, Kimpton Grand Cayman Review

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Dinner at Avecita Restaurant

Avecita is inside Ave Restaurant, and offers Spanish style tapas and small plates, both traditional and modern. There's a 7pm Chef's Counter 5 course dinner, but we opted to order a la carte.

Avecita Open Kitchen, Kimpton Grand Cayman

Here's the menu during our visit:

Avecita Dinner Menu, Kimpton Seafire Grand Cayman
Avecita Dinner Menu, Kimpton Seafire Grand Cayman
Avecita Dinner Menu, Kimpton Seafire Grand Cayman

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We started off with an excellent traditional egg and potato tortilla, which raised our expectations for the rest of the meal.

Tortilla, Avecita, Kimpton Grand Cayman Review

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The sausage and goat cheese tapa, while basic, was also tasty:

Sausage and Goat Cheese Tapa, Avecita, Kimpton Grand Cayman Review

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The beef cheeks main with roasted celeriac had great flavor, but should have been more tender–it hadn't been braised long enough.

Beef Cheeks, Avecita, Kimpton Grand Cayman Review

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A similar problem beset the Charred Octopus, which I enjoyed more than the beef cheeks, but weren't nearly as good as the Charred Spanish Octopus at The Belvedere Restaurant at The Peninsula Beverly Hills.

Octopus, Avecita, Kimpton Grand Cayman Review

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Some calamari croquettes in squid ink were excellent–the squid ink sauce was so good that we kept our server from removing it, using it as a dip for some of the focaccia and fresh bread he brought us.

Calamari Croquettes in Squid Ink, Avecita Review, Kimpton Grand Cayman

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We concluded with a satisfying cheese plate, which was accompanied by some fresh raspberries and truffle honey.

Cheese Plate with Truffle Honey, Avecita, Kimpton Grand Cayman

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The Verdict

The Ave Restaurant breakfast buffet at the Kimpton Grand Cayman was a good spread, with highlights including the made to order omelets with Seafire hot sauce; fresh papaya; the coconut danish; and the cappuccino, although it and other espresso drinks are an additional $5 and not included in the buffet. While I find Chobani and Stonyfield disappointing yogurt brands, no doubt it's challenging to import better quality dairy products. Service was excellent, both from the cheerful omelet chef and from our server.

We enjoyed our evening at Avecita, but it didn't wow. Our favorites were the traditional tortilla, the calamari croquettes in squid ink, and the cheese plate with truffle honey, alongside the fresh focaccia. The beef cheeks and octopus would have been better if they'd been more tender, and the roasted cauliflower also would have benefited from more roasting and more flavor. Our server was delightful, however.

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