Ocean Prime – Sand Turkey District – Dr Phillips Area – Orlando
As mentioned previously on this blog, September is Magical Dining Month here in Orlando. As part of their promotion, a dollar from each meal served goes to Arnold Palmer Children’s Hospital. There are many great deals to be had and one of them is here at Ocean Prime.
Situated on the corner of Sand Lake Road and Turkey Lake Road in the brand new plaza Rialto, Ocean Prime sits like a ocean pearl on the area known as “Restaurant Row” Specializing in seafood, indeed having won the Orlando Sentinel’s Foodie Award for Best Seafood 2009, Ocean Prime has a lot to live up to. The place is definitely swankified, shades of blue glow through out the glamorous restaurant. The decor is beautiful to the point of decadence, as if from a scene in the Great Gatsby. Live music plays in the bar lounge area, on this evening a guitarist singer, on other evenings live piano and more.
We are seated at our table and are greeted by our charming waitress, who throughout the meal is attentive and friendly.
But decor can never make up for great food, and in this case, our meals were just good. Not bad but not great either. The three course meal is $30.00 prix fix from the Magical Dining Menu.
We start with a delicious sourdough bread straight from the oven, still steaming.
I begin with the crab cake served atop a yellow corn cream. The crab cake was good, filled with crab meat, though I have had better crab cake else where with more flavor. The yellow corn cream was a nice subtle touch to the cake.
For one of the sides, I order the truffle mac and cheese (not on the magical dining menu). The truffle mushrooms on top of the mac and cheese gave it a strong powerful flavor, pretty good though it may not be to everyone’s tastes.
For entree, I order the 7 oz Filet Mignon, a deal with the $30.00 since this alone is usually $31.00 on the regular menu. The filet mignon was excellently cooked, medium rare and tender.
My partner however did not enjoy her entree as much, as the pecan crusted mountain trout was overwhelmed by the pecan taste and brown butter sauce accompaniment. It was a bit disappointing since Ocean Prime is supposedly known for its seafood. Maybe other items are better?
For dessert I chose the creme brulee, a huge bowl of creamy egg custardy goodness, probably 3 times the amount usually served for creme brulee. My partner orders the chocolate peanut butter pie, which was actually pretty good. We were also served two glasses of champagne as we were celebrating an anniversary on this evening and they usually give complimentary desserts for special occasions
Overall, Ocean Prime provides a very pleasant, classy sophisticated atmosphere perfect for impressing a date or what not but in terms of the food, it is just good. Minus points for value.
Tasty Chomps Rating!!!
4 out of 5 Tasty Chomps!!!!