With its world-renowned chef and ultrachic decor, Blue—tucked discreetly into the Ritz-Carlton Grand Cayman—seems the sort of place you’d find in New York or Paris. But the main draw is decidedly local: spectacularly fresh ingredients sourced largely from the sea right outside and served up in such specialties as lightly seared wahoo with bok choy and kimchi broth; or poached halibut with sunchokes, salsify, and truffle jus; or bread-crusted red snapper with squid and sofrito sauce. If you’re feeling ambitious, go for the gusto with a six- or seven-course tasting menu—and tack on the wine pairings.

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Best Seafood in the Caribbean: Blue by Eric Ripert

Blue is arguably one of the best restaurants in the Caribbean and an absolute must-visit when staying in the Cayman Islands. With a famous French chef heading the kitchen, it’s no wonder Blue feels like a gourmet restaurant that should be found in a culinary city like New York or Paris. Located on Seven Mile Beach, the restaurant boasts the freshest seafood with dynamic spices and sauces to really tantalize the senses. Order the sautéed kingklip with avocado-coconut cream, sunflower sprouts, and lime sauce, or try the bread crusted sea bass with local pumpkin “ceviche” in a Baja style shrimp sauce.

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