Anchor & Den: Local ingredients, international cuisine

The Grand Cayman Marriott Beach Resort has recently undergone some extensive renovations, revealing a design transformation of the foyer, lobby, restaurants, meeting rooms, ballroom, and fitness center. The “Beach House Experience” concept can now be appreciated throughout the resort, along with a brand new dining option: Anchor & Den.

Although the theme of Anchor & Den’s menu is definitely an international one, the ingredients used are distinctly local. The resort’s goal to utilize products from local farmers creates a great relationship between Cayman’s growers, the Marriott and its customers, offering farm-to-table freshness with an innovative global twist to fun dishes.


They say it’s the most important meal of the day, and if you’re looking for a great pick-me-up, look no further than Anchor & Den’s “Breakfast in the Den” menu. There are some fantastic omelets, including a couple with a Caribbean flavor, such as the jerk chicken and conch sausage omelets, along with modern classics, buffets and a range of beverages.


Who doesn’t love a crepe, particularly when it comes in a sweet or savory package? Anchor & Den has a dedicated creperie, with a mouthwatering menu of treats to tantalize your palate.

Those with a sweet tooth will crave the Georgia peach and white chocolate Chantilly crepes, and the strawberry, rhubarb and basil, as well as the lemon curd, blueberry and lavender, and banana flambé and Nutella. We haven’t listed them all – we’ve got to leave something as a surprise.

Fans of more savory fare might choose the leek fondue and scallops, or the pork belly and kimchee. On the other hand, maybe they’ll be in the mood for spinach and goat cheese, mushroom crème fraîche and Swiss cheese, or grilled chicken, Nueske bacon, provolone and crème fraîche.

We feel that more than one visit to the Anchor & Den Creperie will be necessary.


Raw Bar

Seafood lovers will be very happy to note the addition of a raw bar, open between 6 p.m. and 10 p.m., with classics like oysters and ceviche to fresh sushi and sashimi. Start with some jumbo gulf shrimp, followed by snow crab claws, and blue fin tuna tartar, and add some Maine Lobster if you so desire.

You can choose from a wide range of toppings for your blue point oysters, such as the house mignonette or the “Shooter” sauce; a heady creation of Bloody Mary mix, celery, lemon, chives and Tabasco.
You’ll also definitely want to try the ceviches and tiraditos with shrimp, snapper, scallops and hamachi. It’s a great way to indulge in delicious food without all the fat!

Lunch and Dinner

The lunch and dinner menus for Anchor & Den offer a symphony of dishes that range from flavorful salads through plates to share (or not), appetizers, and entrees. Seafood lovers will be very happy to note the addition of a raw bar, open between 6 p.m. and 10 p.m., with classics like oysters and ceviche to fresh sushi and sashimi. It’s a great way to indulge in delicious food without all the fat!

Of course there is no end of choices for diners, no matter what their preference. The jerk pork poutine will probably bring the Canadians in, in droves, and the braised short rib gnocchi will be hard for anyone to resist.

There’s also the Anchor beef burger, with crispy pancetta and cheddar cheese, along with poached cod in coconut milk, and local lobster roll.

Everywhere you look, you’ll find local ingredients mixed with international delicacies to create a unique menu that is distinctly Anchor & Den.

Save room for dessert. Salted caramel ice cream bar – that’s all we’ve got to say on the subject.


Boulangerie Brunch

On Sunday, Nov. 30, Anchor & Den will officially launch its Boulangerie Brunch, featuring charcuterie platters, regional cheeses and homemade baked breads; true deli specialties that are perfectly paired with glasses of De Chanceny Cremant de Loire.

“I am extremely thrilled to be importing cured meats directly from Spain for our Boulangerie Brunch, such as Jamon Iberico, carved to order,” says executive chef Anthony Le Pape.

“I am also excited about our new homemade pastry and bread station, featuring pretzels, sourdough bread and French-style brioche loaves. And of course, these are baked fresh daily by our new and creative Pastry Chef, Lauren. We are very excited to be introducing this first-of-its-kind brunch to the island.”

Make your reservations now.


Cocktails and wine

A great meal is wonderful, but when it’s accompanied by an expertly mixed cocktail, or a quality glass of wine, it suddenly becomes exceptional.

Anchor & Den has created a cocktail menu that will impress the most discerning client, with classics like the Aviation and Moscow Mule listed with such exotic offerings as the Suave Margarita and the Hibiscus-Pineapple-Mint Bourbon.

There are before dinner drinks, through dinner drinks, and after dinner drinks available, along with an international wine list by the glass and bottle, covering grapes from Argentina through Italy to Australia and New Zealand.

No matter what your tipple, Anchor & Den will pour it to perfection.

There are a lot of exciting changes to be seen at the Marriott Resort, both in the design of the hotel and in its brand new rooms. Anchor & Den is going to be a hotspot for visitors and residents, thanks to its lovely surroundings and excellent cuisine.

The bar has been set pretty high, and they’re just getting started.