by Tony Tam, University of Florida
Tommy Bahama is probably best known as a purveyor of island themed casual wear, but at several locations throughout the US, including the location here in Orlando at Pointe Orlando, there is an attached “island” restaurant to the Tommy Bahama store. Although the menu has popular staples like jerk chicken, bbq ribs, ahi tuna tacos, and macademia nut encrusted snapper, we were recently invited to try and sample a few of the items from their special chef’s menu to try out and savor.
Seared tuna with wasabi sauce
The ceviche was served with a tortilla chip and was a great way to start off this summer evening. The chefs kept the pace going with the seared Tuna with a wasabi type sauce. The short ribs were soft and tender with and served with whipped potatoes.
Desert was a Malted Chocolate Pie with a crispy Chocolate Cookie Crust, soft Mocha Mousse, and English Toffee Crumble. Butterscotch Pudding Chocolate Ganache, Scratch Caramel, White Chocolate Mousse.
The Piña Colada Cake with Vanilla Cake, Myers Dark Rum, Diced Pineapple, White Chocolate Mousse, Toasted Coconut was my favorite. It really tied the island theme well and there’s no other place that has this delectable desert. The meal was light and fulfilling.
Overall, the experience was great and the food is worth a try for some casual island fare in Orlando, a nice respite from tourist life.
Did you know National Relaxation Day is next week? On August 15th, Tommy Bahama is throwing a National Relaxation Day Party at the restaurant, bar & store at Pointe Orlando complete with live music, giveaways throughout the day, in store massages, specialty cocktails & a delicious BBQ menu. This party is the culmination of a month long campaign to make National Relaxation Day an official holiday. The petition has been available to sign all month at tommybahama.com/relax; with every signer automatically entered to win a 14 Day Princess Cruise to Hawaii!