The Lighthouse is a beacon to all who appreciate good food, and diners at this east end restaurant are in for a seafaring treat. The building is all show and does not really guide mariners to shore or warn them of impending doom, but the replica lighthouse has a charming nautical ambiance.
The restaurant is under the command of Giuseppe Gatta, known to one and all as Captain G. Born in Italy, Captain G arrived in the Caribbean during an adventure on the high seas. And, since being ‘shipwrecked’ on Grand Cayman, he has combined his love of the sea with a passion for culinary excellence at The Lighthouse. Captain G’s crew is headed by executive Chef Rem Azavedo, originally from Goa, who presides over a menu which specialises in Italian and Mediterranean-style seafood cuisine with a nod to the light spices of India.
A basket of authentic homemade garlic bread sets the tone for a meal which features unfussy presentation with huge portions and great taste. The seafood chowder, for example, is thick, creamy and a meal in itself, while the penne with shrimp as a main course is delicious with artichoke hearts, rapini and basil oil.
The teriyaki chicken stir-fry with steamed jasmine rice and veggies is equally tempting, with the kitchen getting the balance of flavor and texture just right.
The décor and service, accentuated by the servers’ uniforms, has a hint of 1930s charm. And while at lunchtime The Lighthouse has the air of a seaside eatery, it’s more sophisticated at night.
Dine on the screened-in patio to enjoy the cool breeze coming in off the sea or in the dining room for the nautical atmosphere.
- Plans are underway to re-build a dining dock which was swept away by Hurricane Ivan in 2004. Slated to open for the winter season, the dock will once again make The Lighthouse one of the most distinctive and romantic places to dine in Cayman.
- If you want to learn to cook like Chef Remy, he holds regular classes at the Lighthouse.