Taste of Michael’s Genuine
Taste of Cayman gives local restaurants an opportunity to show off their best munchies for the massive crowds that cram the streets of Camana Bay every year. So far, there are more than 35 participants lined up for the 2012 event. We’ll begin the new Taste of Cayman Restaurant Review series with a joint that’s no stranger to The Deep Dish: Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink.
I’ve taken you to MG’s Farm-to-Table event here & here and the recipe for that glorious Banana Toffee Panini from a few weeks ago came from their kitchen. Today, TDD reviews some of the other goodies Michael’s Genuine in Grand Cayman has to offer and a little bit of the magic you can expect at next year’s booth.
Clark Kent and I were invited to lunch and told to order whatever we wanted. I nearly fell over. EXCITE! We started with some marinated olives that were packed with flavor. Great variety and an awesome compliment to our second appetizer.
The homemade organic ricotta and local mango jam crostini were ‘outstanding’ in CK’s assessment. This was a dish of lovely, fluffy goodness and the jam was out of control delicious. Normally, CK doesn’t go in for mango, so I didn’t think I would have to share with him. I was wrong. Thankfully, I had a fork to keep his greedy fingers at bay.
We also ordered the Soup of the Day; a Turkey and Vegetable soup. We don’t have much of a winter in Cayman. This soup did a fantastic job of giving you a warm, comfort-food feel while staying light enough for 80 degree temperatures. There may have been some slurping 😉
We also split a butter lettuce salad with oranges, hazelnuts, avocados and shallots in a hazelnut vinaigrette. This salad is wonderfully fresh and tastes like summer. The hazelnuts give it an awesome texture too. Seriously fun to eat.
CK was giddy with excitement when our server brought out his lionfish sandwich. Cayman has lionfish overpopulation and as a way to deal with it, the fish has started popping up on local restaurant menus. MG actually does a Lionfish Safari where you can go on a dive, help round up some lionfish and have them cooked up for you when you return. This bad fish makes for good eating. CK loved the dish!
For my main course, I went with the slow roasted Niman Ranch Pork pizza with black mission figs, grilled onions, fontina cheese and fresh arugula. Do I need to describe how the fig, fontana and pork combination made me do the eyes-rolling-back-in-the-head thing?
No meal is complete without dessert! CK had the lemon pot de creme with house made ricotta cannoli and lemon confit, while I went with the award-winning strawberry and basil panna cotta. At first bite, my tongue didn’t really know what was going on, but that second spoonful led me right to the land of YUM. I can see why this dessert has turned some heads! And CK’s dish was ‘a lovely combination of sweet and tart.’ An excellent ending to an incredible experience 🙂
Marinated Olives – $4
Crostini – $6
Soup – $6
Salad – $11
Lionfish Sandwich – $14
Pizza – $15
Panna Cotta – $9
Pot de Creme – $9
All prices in CI. CI $1 = $1.25 US