What’s For Lunch In Cayman? Lionfish!
Although the name indicates a ferocious, dangerous animal, interestingly, the lion fish is not as scary or harmful as one would naturally assume. Due to the fact that these fish are venomous and NOT poisonous, there is no harm in consuming the meat. Once the spines are removed and disposed, you’re free to prepare the fish as you choose! The lion fish is a genus of venomous marine fish that inhabit the Caribbean. These fish are characterized by their evident warning coloration of red, white, cream, or black bands, garish pectoral fins, and venomous spiky fin rays. They’re quite the site, and honestly one wouldn’t really imagine frying one up and serving it up for dinner due to its predatory looks. There are only a handful of restaurants that serve this fish on the Cayman Islands as it’s rather a delicacy.
Vivo Cafe Restaurant is the most famous and well-known places to grab a lion fish dish. They serve up several different variations of the fish itself including: Lionfish cakes (served with herbs and a vegan dressing and VIVO salad on the side), Herbs Lion fish (Herb crusted lion fish fillet with a side of truffle mashed potatoes and a side of mixed veggies), Asian style lion fish (Poached Lion fish cooked in a homemade Asian sauce), Ackee Lion fish (Sautéed lion fish with local ackees, tomato, mushrooms, bell peppers, zucchini, spicy scotch bonnets), and Lion fish Curry (Authentic Indian curry with lion fish, young coconut, local greens, mushrooms, bell peppers, carrots, potatoes, onion, tomato, coconut milk, cashew cream.) Another notable restaurant that serves this delicacy is Tukka, on the other side of the Island. They don’t have as many options to choose from, but their blackened fish tacos that include lion fish fillets in them look amazing! Eagles Ray’s Dive Bar & Grill should be another place you add to the list of lion fish dishes. They serve lion fish tacos with cabbage slaw, fried onions, tartar sauce and sweet chili. Whichever restaurant you choose that serves lion fish, you’re in for a treat! These are just a few of our favorite spots here at EightPoint Technologies!