Four nights in Grand Cayman was not nearly enough time to explore all of the restaurants I wanted to visit. But I did have four fantastic dinners. Twice I dined at the hip Camana Bay development, where some of the island's newer and more popular restaurants are located.
My favorite meal was at Ortanique, which is a Cindy Huston restaurant, just like the original in Miami. Ortanique serves modern Caribbean cuisine in a romantic and elegant setting. My callaloo and shitake wonton soup, made with the freshest ingredients, was absolutely delicious!
|Callaloo and shitake wontons, served with tofu, baby bok choy, and carrots in a hot-and-sour broth|
Also at Camana Bay is the recently opened Mizu, which serves typical pan-Asian cuisine, including typical pan-Asian vegetarian dishes (edamame, spring rolls, noodles, etc.) in a more urban, energetic environment. I was particularly impressed by the wide variety of vegetarian sushi options.
|Futo maki, avocado nigiri, shitake maki, and spicy vegetable maki|
|Veggie tostadas (one is vegan, without cheese, and the other is just vegetarian), with white rice, vegetarian black beans, and pico de gallo|
|Fried plantains (left) and roasted pumpkin with cumin (right)|
Finally, although I recently discovered the best vegetarian Thai food in the world right here in DC, I could not resist checking out Thai Orchid, which devotes an entire page of its website to showcase its vegetarian Thai selections and, like Mizu, also offers an extensive array of vegetarian sushi options.
TIP: If you plan on dining outdoors anywhere on the island at sundown or shortly thereafter, bring bug spray to shield off the mosquitoes!