A lunch with a Caribbean twist

Just a stone’s throw from the centre of George Town, Mezza is a great venue for a quick lunchtime break. Far enough from downtown so that you feel you have made your escape without being so far that you have to rush your lunch, the venue brings together the best of European cuisine with a Caribbean twist.

The decor is characterised by warm tones that make you feel instantly at home, a feeling certainly backed up by the friendly staff. However, all of this is secondary to the food, which offers an excellent variety of choices that will appeal to any palate.

The restaurant has been under new management since August and with a new chef at the helm as well the menu has undergone a couple of changes. According to Tony Spahija, the restaurant manager, the new menu is aimed at giving customers a taste of local food, with a focus on fresh seafood.

“I’ve found that you cannot go wrong with fresh seafood in Cayman,” says Tony.

Local flavours also find favour with the wide ranging clientele Mezza caters to, from tourists looking to experience a taste of the Island to locals who are looking for some hearty yet healthy for lunch.

The starter menu boasts local favourites like red conch chowder and Cayman conch fritters with scotch bonnet tartar sauce.

As the restaurant features a lot of fresh seafood, the daily specials are also well worth a look.

Even the classic fish and chips is given a Caribbean twist – mahi-mahi in Red Stripe batter, served with coleslaw and a spicy scotch bonnet tartar sauce.

The restaurant also served as the headquarters for the recent Lionfish Tournament, with some of the fish caught during the tournament being prepared in the Mezza kitchen and served up to participants in the event. From the responses to the fish, it might well become a hit should it become viable to add it as a menu item in the future.   WH

Located above Big Daddy’s, just before Treasure Island, Mezza serves lunch from 12pm to 4pm, Monday to Friday.

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Stephen Clarke