Grand Old House: Where tradition lives and life is celebrated
Garfene Grandison, Food Writer
Grand Old House, formerly known as Petra Plantation, is one of Cayman's most beautiful and well-known historic homes. The Biblical city of Petra was described as a place of refuge and to many Caymanians and tourists alike, the Grand Old House is also a place of refuge- providing your senses with five- star dining, soft piano music and colorful sunsets. Located on the rock or "ironshore" as the locals call it, patrons are treated to fine dining while overlooking the sapphire depths of the Caribbean Sea or within the confines of air-conditioned comfort within the house.
Over the years, Grand Old House has served as a venue for countless wedding receptions, Christmas parties, and Rotary gatherings, while maintaining its unique Caymanian architecture and charm. Grand Old House Restaurant has preserved one of Cayman's oldest and most interesting homes for future generations to appreciate and enjoy. It is the island's premier caterer, and hosts everything from lavish weddings and political functions to casual family dinners.
For appetisers, there are a few delectable offerings such as the roasted lobster Napoleon or the marinated conch Cayman Islands-style with tomato, cilantro, and key lime flavourings. Also worth trying, is the tequila-infused snow crab and lobster on a mango gazpacho with spicy cucumber noodles. A signature main course is a platter of baked shrimp and scallops gratin in white wine, or the Cayman Islands-style turtle steak in a tomato-and-white-wine sauce.
Grand Old House offers a changing menu that still retains the local favourites, including their renowned conch fritters and Olive oil-poached Caribbean lobster tail. If you are ever in the George Town area and in need of charm and sophisticated fine dining, then be sure to take a moment to experience the luxuries of the Grand Old House.