For the vegetarian traveler, there is almost always one question to be dealt with every day. Where to eat? In years past, the answer was often difficult to come up with and the answers less than satisfying. However, now, as more people turn to vegetarianism for numerous reasons – ranging from the health conscious to the philosophical to the religious – and the globalization of the world economy allows the culinary influences of many cultures to flow to all parts of the globe, finding good vegetarian restaurants while traveling has become easier than ever before.
In Kingston, Jamaica, like many other travel destinations, there are few strictly vegetarian restaurants, but there many restaurants that offer fine vegetarian dishes. The vegetarian traveler will certainly be able to enjoy dining out in Kingston.
The Eden Vegetarian Restaurant, located at 13 Constant Spring Road, is one of the completely vegetarian restaurants in Kingston, Jamaica. Open daily from 10am to 8pm, this restaurant offers a wide variety of vegetarian favorites. Naturally, local produce and flavors has an influence on the menu, making for a unique dining experience. Providing wholesome, quality foods is what the reputation of Eden Vegetarian Restaurant is built upon. Both eat in and take out service is available.
In addition to operating the restaurant, on site there is also a grocery. The Eden Vegetarian Restaurant is locally known for the quality of their whole grain breads and other specialized vegetarian and health products.
At Livity Gourmet Vegetarian Restaurant, found at 166 1/2 Old Hope Road in Kingston, Jamaica, the diner will probably find a stronger local culinary influence present on the menu. This establishment serves many dishes that are enhanced by creative and original use of local produce and spices.
Velisa’s Gourmet Whole Food Restaurant, on Devon Road, while not an all-vegetarian restaurant, does offer several vegetarian options, and uses many organically grown ingredients. It boasts an excellent wine list and a fabulous juice bar.
Starapples also offers vegetarian dishes and can be found at 94 Hope Road. This restaurant is open daily, with doors opening at 11:30am Monday through Thursday and closing at 9pm. On Friday, Starapples opens at 1:30 pm, closing at 10pm. On Saturdays, the hours are from 8:30am to 10pm and Sundays from 10am to 2pm.
There are many vegetarians in India, so for the traveler that does not eat meat. Indian restaurants are usually a safe bet. Akbar is the best Indian restaurant in Kingston, Jamaica. Located at 11 Holburn Ave., Akbar is open daily for lunch from 12pm to 3:30pm and for dinner from 6pm to 10:30pm. The menu offers the full range of traditional Indian dishes, and includes numerous vegetarian options. Fragrant basmati rice and excellent flat, Indian breads accompany finely prepared meals served in four dining rooms and a garden. Reservations are suggested.
Kingston, Jamaica, is an excellent city to dine in for the traveling vegetarian. There are many restaurants that offer high quality and trustworthy vegetarian dishes. No vegetarian will have to leave Kingston hungry!