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Bull & Bear’s Petite Filet of Beef and Stuffed Lobster Tail – chasseur sauce, potato pave, fresh arugula salad

We were invited to Waldorf Astoria Orlando for a media preview of their 8th Annual Food & Wine Weekends happening every weekend starting September 14, 2018 through November 11, 2018 at Waldorf Astoria Orlando and Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek.

The sister hotels are hosting Food & Wine Weekends, a complement to Epcot Food & Wine Festival, to celebrate fine wine & culinary arts designed for those who truly savor the artistry of fine culinary preparations.

Food & Wine Weekends features innovative dishes from their renowned restaurants, unique food and wine pairings, intimate chef talks, and interactive demonstrations.

The Taste of Zeta Asia

Mount Fuji Signature Roll – Crab salad, cucumber, tuna, yellowtail salmon, wasabi mayo, tobiko, micro cilantro

Kanji Signature Roll – Spicy salmon, cucumber, avocado, tobiko, sriracha, micro cilantro

Short Rib Bibimbap – Short rib, fried egg, blanched spinach, namul, Japanese rice, gochujang sauce

The Taste of La Luce

Lasagna Napolinata – Mozzarella di Bufala, tomato, basil

Risotto Duo Di Mare – Shrimp, scallops, saffron, English peas, oven roasted tomato, reggiano gremolata

The Taste of Bull & Bear

Petite Filet of Beef and Stuffed Lobster Tail – chasseur sauce, potato pave, fresh arugula salad

Raspberry mint mocktail

Bar du Chocolat at Peacock Alley, Saturdays 6:30pm-10:30pm – A decadent selection of à la carte chocolate treats hand-crafted by Waldorf Astoria Orlando’s world-class pastry team.  Highlights include chocolate truffles, exotic chocolate cakes and bowls of beautiful bon-bons.

La Pâtisserie: Master Pastry Class at Sir Harry’s, Fridays 4:30-5:30pm – Learn the secrets of the Waldorf Astoria Orlando world-class pastry team as they host a complimentary gourmet baking demonstration. From delicate pastries to the perfect cookie, you’ll learn tips on how to make, bake and decorate the perfect dessert.

Pop Culture at MYTH Bar, Saturdays 8pm-10pm

Home-made, fresh fruit popsicles, creamy organic ice pops and adult poptails!  Choose from a variety of gourmet toppings, including hand-dipped chocolate, caramelized almonds, sweet coconut and chocolate vermicelli.

For more information, please visit WaldorfAstoriaOrlando.com/food-wine and HiltonBonnetCreek.com/food-wine.

(Source: Waldorf Astoria Orlando)

Waldorf Astoria Orlando
14200 Bonnet Creek Resort Ln, Orlando, FL 32821
(407) 597-5500

Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek
14100 Bonnet Creek Resort Ln, Orlando, FL 32821
(407) 597-3600

You must check out Big Fin Seafood Kitchen this year during Magical Dining Month if you want a delicious meal for a great value.  Big Fin Seafood Kitchen, voted “Best Seafood Restaurant in Orlando“,  offers global, fresh seafood, steaks and pasta, on Sand Lake Road.  This is their 9th year participating in Magical Dining Month.

What is Magical Dining Month?

  • 3 courses – Appetizer, Entrèe, and Dessert
  • Price: $35 per person plus tax & gratuity
  • Over 100 + participating restaurants
  • Beginning August 24 through September 30
  • Through Visit Orlando, one dollar from each meal will benefit Best Buddies and Down Syndrome Association of Central Florida.
    Click here to view menu and make reservations

Choice of Appetizer

½ Dozen Freshly Shucked Raw Oysters – can be served raw (1st pic) or steamed (2nd pic)


Caesar Salad – Romaine, Parmesan cheese, garlic croutons

Cup of the Soup of the Day – Manhattan Clam Chowder

Choice of Entrèe


Shrimp Orleans – blackened shrimp, spinach, mushrooms, sun-dried tomatoes, crawfish Parmesan grits with a Cajun cream sauce

Broiled Main Lobster Tail – served with garlic mashed potatoes and French style green beans

Filet Mignon – served with garlic mashed potatoes and asparagus

Big Fin Trio – deep fried popcorn shrimp, bay scallops and catfish served with French fries and coleslaw

Upgrade: Add a 3 oz broiled lobster tail to any entree +$12

Choice of Dessert

“Apple Pie” Bread Pudding – braised cinnamon apples, salted caramel sauce, crumb topping, vanilla ice cream

Ooey Gooey – a gooey-layered pie cake topped with whipped cream, chocolate sauce and raspberry (ask your server for today’s flavor)

Key Lime Pie – a Florida favorite topped with whipped cream & a lime slice

Thank you Visit Orlando for hosting us and thank you Big Fin Seafood Kitchen for the amazing dinner and service!

Big Fin Seafood Kitchen
8046 Via Dellagio Way Orlando, FL 32819
(407) 615-8888

We were invited to a media preview at Terralina Crafted Italian a day before they officially opened to the public.  Terralina Crafted Italian is a waterfront Italian restaurant by James Beard Award winning chef, Tony Mantuano.  Chef Tony and Executive Chef Justin Plank worked together to create a menu that serves authentic Italian dishes in a dreamy setting to guests at Disney Springs.  Terralina Crafted Italian, formerly Portobello Country Italian Trattoria, is now officially opened to the public.  They are located next door to Paddlefish.


Swordfish peperonata


Grilled bell peppers and mushrooms

Grilled brick chicken gremolata

Citrus marinated porchetta with apple mostarda

Fresh hand-cut pasta

Meatballs & polenta with shaved pecorino

The indoor-outdoor bar

Fresh house-made pasta with just olive oil, grated parmesan cheese, salt and pepper.  The pasta was so delicious could not have tasted any fresher!

Terralina Crafted Italian
1650 E Buena Vista Dr, Orlando, FL 32830
(407) 934-8888
terralinacrafteditalian.com

Seafood Linguine – Lobster meat, scallops, shrimp, calvados, cream

There is just something calming about dining to the smell of saltwater with the view of the ocean in front of you.  We were invited to Daytona Beach’s newest beachfront hotel and the fourth Hard Rock Hotel in Florida to check out their restaurant, Sessions, and stay overnight.  Our experience at Sessions was exceptional.  The food, service and energy was unlike any other media event that I have ever been to.  Our server named Pastor was fantastic.  I give Sessions 5-stars!

Dining at Sessions restaurant will exceed your expectations.  Luxurious rock-star style, contemporary decor and celebrity-style atmosphere coupled with panoramic views of the Atlantic Ocean adds to experience.  Dine on unforgettable breakfasts, savory lunch offerings and innovative suppers that will leave you wanting more.  Craft cocktails and libations are also available at Sessions indoor/outdoor bar.

Artisan Charcuterie & Cheese – Mini cornichons, pickled peppers stone mustard, sourdough

Tuna Tartare – Avocado, shallot, scallion, dash soy, wonton chips.  My favorite appetizer!

Crab Cakes – Spicy aioli, cucumber relish

New York Strip – Rainbow carrots, crispy onion, sautéed onions and bell peppers.  It was amazing!

Crème Brûlée – Strawberries, blueberries.  This dessert was perfect, so addicting!

Red Velvet Cheesecake – Philadelphia cream cheese frosting, strawberries, blueberries.  It was beautiful and delicious!


Constant Grind the total café experience, serving up hot and cold drinks, quick bites, house-made gelato, and more.

Take a plunge in the heated pool and enjoy the tunes from the underwater speakers or lounge on the oceanfront pool deck.

Wave Terrace is located on the third floor of Hard Rock Hotel Daytona Beach.  Wave Terrance is Daytona’s newest experience serving up local beer, craft cocktails and an inspired seafood menu featuring ceviche, gazpacho, fresh seafood towers and straight from the oven bread—in a chic casual atmosphere.  Add glowing fire pits and live music and you have a night out that can only be Hard Rock.

 

Frank Sinatra impersonator.  He sounded exactly like him!

The kiddie pool is shaped like a guitar

The Elvis impersonator got the crowd rocking the entire night!

Didn’t bring your yoga gear on tour at at Hard Rock Hotel Daytona Beach? #RockOm you covered. Experience peace of mind in the comfort of your hotel room with a yoga kit that includes a Manduka PROlite yoga mat and convenient Go Play carrier, all delivered to your room free of charge.  A regionally-inspired Yogitoes towel is also available for purchase. On-demand yoga videos are available on your hotel room TV, as well as on your personal device at HardRock.com.

Snap a pic of your best yoga pose around the hotel, post to instagram with the hashtag: #RockOm. If your pic is selected, you can win a custom Yogitoes Hard Rock yoga towel.

We throughly enjoyed our stay at Hard Rock Hotel Daytona Beach and we felt like celebrity rockstars the entire time.  The music-inspired property is only two months old as they just opened on May 1, 2018.  I highly recommend staying at this hotel during your next visit in Daytona Beach, FL!

(Source credit: Hard Rock Hotel Daytona Beach)

Hard Rock Hotel Daytona Beach
918 N Atlantic Ave, Daytona Beach, FL 32118
(386) 947-7300
http://hardrockhoteldaytonabeach.com

“Two roads diverged in a wood, and I — I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference.” – Robert Frost, Road Not Traveled

This is Florida’s best kept secret.  Streamsong Resort is nestled in Fort Meade, FL (2 hours from Orlando) and is a hidden gem, literally and figuratively.  This 5-year old resort stretches out to 16,000 acres and the land was formerly used for mining phosphate also known as P2O5, which became the name of one of their restaurants.

Interior of P205

The resort is breathtaking, the food was so good – the best I’ve ever had in my entire life, the customer service was top-notch, and nature really did its job. Out of all the assignments I’ve done for Tasty Chomps, this one was my favorite.

Thank you Diana & Michelle from The Zimmerman Agency for hosting us! We all had an amazing time and we couldn’t have asked for a better weekend escape.  Everything was perfection.

The one-of-a-kind/state of the art infrastructure at Streamsong Resort attracts bountiful of visitors, however, you won’t find any of them lounging around the main lobby on a sunny day.  You can find them outside utilizing three of the country’s top luxury golf courses, bass fishing on the serene lakes, shooting sporting clays, practicing archery, going on a walk on the nature trails, dining at the five casual or fine dining restaurants, sunbathing at the lakeside infinity pool, or getting pampered at the AcquaPietra – the resort’s European-style grotto spa that looks like elephant legs dipped in an ocean. The healing pools has various temperatures from warm to ice-cold. The wet sauna was my favorite because it was a heated steam room that had cold water running down from a shower head… It was a pretty exhilarating experience feeling two sensations at once.  Streamsong Resort has a lot of offer on and off-site. My room alone came with a beautiful view, free Wi-Fi, complimentary bites from The Zimmerman Agency, a Keurig machine, a mini-fridge, two televisions, a therapeutic shower and a mini-library of literary classics… perfect for a rainy day.

Smoked almond bark (the best chocolate bark I’ve ever had!), brown sugar smoked bacon, smoked monchego
Red sangria – Cabernet Sauvignon, josh cellars, blackberry brandy, freshly squeezed orange juice, spriteWhite sangria – chardonnay, josh cellars, triple sec, lavender bitters, apple juice, freshly squeezed orange juiceSottaTerra, the resort’s restaurant that is under Earth.Private limousine (right) and a shuttle (left) that runs every 15 minutes.

Jim & Maria from the hospitality team were extremely welcoming and accommodating.

Chef demonstration with Executive Chef Michael Ford at Streamsong Blue No. 1.  A really nice guy.
Shrimp Cocktail – shrimp, kumquat, cilantro, chives, rum, olive oil, red onion, chili flakes, plum sauce, lime, red bell peppers, horseradish, watercress, napa cabbage.
Fifty-Nine Restaurant & Bar, the epitome of a luxurious seafood and steakhouse.
Key west yellowtail with coconut curry & handmade coriander noodles
 72-hour pastrami short rib with popcorn grits & pickled vegetables
Four peppercorn mizayaki Kobe ribeye with unagi glacé. I highly recommend this!  Best thing I ever ate. My palate is forever changed and will never be the same.
Bone Valley Tavern, the resort’s newest and most popular dining experience.
Tuna wonton – pineapple, avocado mash, puffed rice
Smoked bacon – apricot dressing, frisse
Rotisserie chicken – potato puree, jus lie, chives
Haberno Mary (virgin version) outdoor fire pit — the perfect spot for a glass of wine and stargazing.
One-pound meatball atop alta cucina tomato sauce
Linguine pesto & diver scallops
Veal ossobuco with truffle risotto & gremlota
Mason jar strawberry shortcake – strawberry ice cream, Florida strawberry filling, biscuit crumble.  The strawberry ice cream was the perfect touch to this classic dessert!
Cast iron skillet cabernet and amarena cherry cobbler
S’mores – dark chocolate brownie, graham crust, brûlée marshmallow
 Golf lovers will experience a new standard at their three critically-acclaimed luxury golf courses: Red, Blue, and Black; the only destination in the world where three distinct golf courses were designed by four legendary architects.
The view from my room.  Serene lakes and streams offer best-in-class bass fishing. 
Outdoor pursuits include sporting clays, archery, nature trails and a lakeside infinity pool.
The intimate haven features 228 spacious, modern guest rooms; 25,000 sq. ft. of flexible conference and function space, with distinctive outdoor venues.
The grotto-style AcquaPietra spaPreserved Megalodon shark teeth that were all found on Streamsong Resort property.

(Source credit: Streamsong Resort)

Be sure to check out Streamsong Resort soon for an unforgettable experience!  You will love it!

Streamsong Resort
1000 Streamsong Dr, Bowling Green, FL 33834
(888) 294-6322
http://streamsongresort.com

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Love and romance is in the air!

Orlando recently made Amazon.com’s List of Most Romantic Cities in America and this is no small wonder.

Orlando is filled with hidden gems and opportunities for romance, waiting to be found by those hopeless dreamers out there. Some friends say they like a place with a great view, that transports you to another place, others want a place full of intimacy, or pampering service, but above all else, there must be great, luscious food.

This year, Valentine’s Day may be especially busy as it falls on a Friday night – so make sure to book your reservations early!

For those interested, please do visit Mr. Scott Joseph’s online poll for Most Romantic Restaurant.

If you have any suggestions to add, please leave a comment below!

So here is TastyChomps.com’s list of

 

TastyChomps.com’s
28 of the Most
Romantic Restaurants of Orlando 2014

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Victoria & Albert’s at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort

4401 Grand Floridian Way, Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830
Website: http://www.victoria-alberts.com/index.html – Phone (407) 939-3862
Cuisine: American, Local

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Bull & Bear Steakhouse at the Waldorf Astoria Orlando

14200 Bonnet Creek Resort Lane, Orlando, FL 32821
Website: http://www.bullandbearorlando.com/ – (407) 597-5500
Cuisine: Steak, American, Seafood
Links:  TastyChomps at the Bull and Bear

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California Grill at Disney’s Contemporary Resort

4600 North World Drive, Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830
Website: http://disneyworld.disney.go.com/dining/california-grill/ – (407) 824-1576
Cuisine: Sushi, American
Link: TastyChomps at The California Grill

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The Venetian Room

8101 World Center Drive, Orlando, FL 32821
Website: http://www.thevenetianroom.com/ – (407) 238-8060
Cuisine: Continental European
Link: TastyChomps at The Venetian Room

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Luma on Park

290 Park Avenue South, Winter Park, FL 32789
Website: http://www.lumaonpark.com/ – (407) 599-4111
Cuisine: Local, Seafood, American
Links: TastyChomps at Luma for Lunch, Interview with Chef Brandon McGlamery, and September Orlando Magical Dining Month

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The Ravenous Pig

1234 North Orange Avenue, Winter Park, FL 32789
Website: http://www.theravenouspig.com/ – (407) 628-2333
Cuisine: Local, Gastropub, American
Link: TastyChomps at The Ravenous Pig

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Le Coq Au Vin

4800 South Orange Avenue, Orlando, FL 32806
Website: http://www.lecoqauvinrestaurant.com/ – (407) 851-6980
Cuisine: French

Photo by David Swoyer
Photo by David Swoyer

Cress Restaurant

103 West Indiana Avenue, DeLand, FL 32720
Website: http://www.cressrestaurant.com/ – (386) 734-3740
Cuisine: Local, Southern, Indian

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Antonio’s La Fiamma Ristorante

611 South Orlando Avenue, Maitland, FL 32751
Website: http://www.antoniosonline.com/ – (407) 645-1035
Cuisine: Italian

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K Restaurant & Wine Bar

1710 Edgewater Drive, Orlando, FL 32804
Website: http://www.krestaurant.net/ – (407) 872-2332
Cuisine: Local, American, Italian

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Christner’s Prime Steak & Lobster

729 Lee Road, Orlando, FL 32810
Website: http://www.christnersprimesteakandlobster.com/ – (407) 645-4443
Cuisine: Steakhouse

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Flying Fish Café at Disney’s BoardWalk

2101 Epcot Resorts Boulevard, Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830
Website: https://disneyworld.disney.go.com/dining/boardwalk/flying-fish-cafe/ – (407) 939-2359
Cuisine: Seafood, Local, American
Links: Tasty Chomps at Flying Fish Cafe for Winemaker’s Dinner series

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Sushi Pop Seafood and Chops

310 West Mitchell Hammock Road, Oviedo, FL 32765
Website: http://www.sushipoprestaurant.com/ – (407) 542-5975
Cuisine: Japanese, Sushi, Asian
Link: TastyChomps at Sushi Pop

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Kres Chophouse

17 West Church Street, Orlando, FL 32801
Website: http://www.kresrestaurant.com/ – (407) 447-7950
Cuisine: Steakhouse
Link: TastyChomps at Kres Chophouse

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Enzo’s on the Lake

1130 South US Highway 17-92, Longwood, FL 32750
Website: http://www.enzos.com/ – (407) 834-9872
Cuisine: Italian

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Chatham’s Place Restaurant

7575 Doctor Phillips Boulevard, Orlando, FL 32819
Website: http://www.chathamsplace.com/ – (407) 345-2992
Cuisine: Continental European

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The Tasting Room at The Chef’s Table

99 West Plant Street, Winter Garden, FL 34787
Website: http://www.chefstableattheedgewater.com/tastingroom.html – (407) 230-4837
Cuisine: Local, American, Tapas

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Cevíche Tapas Bar & Restaurant

125 West Church Street, Orlando, FL
Website: http://www.ceviche.com/ – (321) 281-8140
Cuisine: Spanish, Tapas

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Paris Bistro

216 Park Avenue North, Winter Park, FL 32789
Website: http://www.parisbistroparkavenue.com/ – (407) 671-4424
Cuisine: French

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Norman’s at The Ritz-Carlton

4012 Central Florida Parkway, Orlando, FL 32837
Website: http://www.normans.com/ – (407) 393-4333
Cuisine: American, Local, Fusion Latin

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Hillstone

215 South Orlando Avenue, Winter Park, FL 32789
Website: http://www.hillstone.com/hillstone/ – (407) 740-4005
Cuisine: American
Link: TastyChomps at Hillstone’s

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The Boheme at Grand Bohemian Hotel Orlando

325 South Orange Avenue, Orlando, FL 32801
Website: http://www.theboheme.com/ – (407) 313-9000
Cuisine: American, European
Link:  TastyChomps at The Boheme for The Art of Valentine’s

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White Wolf Café

1829 North Orange Avenue, Orlando, FL 32804
Website: http://www.whitewolfcafe.com/ – (407) 895-9911
Cuisine: American

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Dragonfly Robata Grill & Sushi

7972 Via Dellagio Way, Orlando, FL 32819
Website: http://www.dragonflyorlando.com/ – (407) 370-3359
Cuisine: Japanese, Sushi
Links: TastyChomps at Dragonfly and Happy Hour 

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Seasons 52 Fresh Grill

7700 West Sand Lake Road, Orlando, FL 32819
Website: http://www.seasons52.com/ – (407) 354-5212
Cuisine: Local, American

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Eddie V’s Prime Seafood

7488 West Sand Lake Road, Orlando, FL 32819
Website: http://eddiev.com – (407) 355-3011
Cuisine: Seafood, Steakhouse
Link: TastyChomps at Eddie V’s

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Texas de Brazil

5259 International Drive, Orlando, FL 32819
Website: http://www.texasdebrazil.com/ – (407) 355-0355
Cuisine: Brazilian, Steakhouse, Buffet
Link:  TastyChomps at Texas De Brazil

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Roy’s Hawaiian Fusion

7760 West Sand Lake Road, Orlando, FL 32819
Website: http://www.roysrestaurant.com/ – (407) 352-4844
Cuisine: Hawaiian, Asian, Fusion

Are we missing any of your favorite romantic restaurants in Orlando? Comment below and we’ll take a look!

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Located in the historic Kress building (once housing the “five and dime” retail department store), Kres Chophouse is a swanky, classy restaurant and one of the best in the downtown Orlando area.

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Inside, the lighting is dim and tall red velvet backed booths line the walls like something out of a 1950s downtown night club lounge.

The place is nice for a fancy “romantic” date night out before hitting the clubs and lounges nearby in downtown Orlando. Service is good, not perfect, but fine.

In addition to the decor, the menu is also reminiscent of a classic gentleman’s steakhouse or club, with such mainstays as shrimp cocktail, filet Diane, and oysters Rockefeller.  The menu is pricey but the quality and ambiance warrants a high tab, I suppose.

For our appetizer, we chose the Mediterranean Seafood Cocktail, consisting of shrimp, octopus, squid, and other nicely chilled seafood items in a martini-glass like cup. It was nice, but not sufficiently memorable. What was memorable, however, were their steaks and namesake “chops”.

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I ordered the Kres Mixed Grill, a huge plate of garlic shrimp, tender filet mignon and double lamb chops, served with a side of asparagus and three cheese au gratin. The filet was fantastic as were the lamb chops, very tender and flavorful, perfectly cooked.

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Kres Chophouse’ Atlantic Cobia

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Banana Ice cream sundae dessert

 

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Waiters at your table, dressed in black ties and coats, stand ready to offer great, classic service that is welcoming yet also unobtrusive. An atmosphere that is luxurious, with deep reds along the walls and in the chairs, a grand chandelier hanging in the middle of the copper dome, the decor is all a throw back to the Italian Renaissance of Venice. Dishes ranging from diver scallops to filet mignon and Chilean Seabass to the Grand marnier souffle are all on the menu at The Venetian Room.

The Venetian Room, located inside the Caribe Royale convention resort hotel, off of World Center Drive near Disney World, is a place probably best reserved for special occasions or events like a romantic evening or anniversary night out, or if you are just feeling like a boss.

The very definition of fine dining is embodied in The Venetian Room; One of the few “Old World” style restaurants in Orlando, a place where the service is impeccable, the setting is intimate, luxurious and lush, and the food is of the highest quality along with a correspondingly fine price tag.

The Venetian Room is also an AAA Four Diamond Award winner and a recipient of a Silver Spoon award by Orlando Home and Leisure and the Orlando Magazine Annual Dining Awards for Best Restaurant and Best Service, and also a winner of “Most Romantic Restaurant” from the Orlando Sentinel’s Annual Foodie Awards.

Trained in Europe and North Africa, The Venetian Room’s Chef Khallid Benghallem worked in restaurants in France, Corsica and Morocco. He began his culinary career at the prestigious Ecole Hoteliere de Rabat in Morocco, where he was the 1992 Student of the Year and eventually went on to work at Disney’s Marrakech at Epcot and Emeril’s. He brings his talent and expertise to bring to the life the dishes at The Venetian Room.

I dined with my friends William and Don recently at the Venetian Room, where we experienced great food and great company.

We started with the Diver Scallops ($18), tender, luscious pan seared scallops on top of a porcini asparagus risotto with mushroom broth and adorned with crisps of pancetta, a type of salt cured Italian bacon. The salty, crunchy pancetta crisps paired with the contrasting, soft texture of the pan seared scallops and risotto all went together beautifully on the palate.

Another popular starter at the table was the Gnocchi Stroganoff ($19), made with sun-dried tomato potato gnocchi dumplings served with gorgonzola crusted petit filet of beef and topped with a Cognac Pearl Onion Cream Sauce and Truffle Shavings. This deliciously prepared dish was probably enough to satisfy a diner in itself. The gorgonzola petit filet and the soft gnocchi all were divine.

For my entree I chose the Duck L’Orange ($37), a blood orange glazed Hudson Valley Duck breast and Citrus confit duck leg served with a sweet potato pumpkin custard tartlet and a ruby port wine Bing cherry reduction. The duck was cooked perfectly and had that wonderful hint of citrus and port wine to it. Enjoy it as soon as it reaches the table as duck can cool and congeal quickly.

My friend, Don, enjoyed his Wagyu beef dish with diver scallops, white asparagus and quail egg, a special of the evening.

William chose the Chilean Sea Bass ($39), a Citrus Crab Meat Crusted Sea Bass with Okinawa Sweet Potato Puree, Steamed Bok Choy, and a Duet of Caviar.

One of the experiences that I still can’t stop dreaming and craving is the Grand Marnier souffle ($13) at The Venetian Room for dessert. This is one of the few times in my life that I can truly say that this dish left an imprint on me. The souffle – you have to order it early in the meal as it takes about 20 minutes to prepare – arrives for dessert like a small powdered mountain of soft, puffy eggy cake. The dish is finished with table side service, topped off by our gracious waiter with the sweet crème anglaise. The dessert and experience was pure heaven, the souffle was soft and airy, sweet and utterly delicious. A very fine way to end the meal.

 

Just for the souffle alone I would return to The Venetian Room again and again in order to relive that divine experience. I believe I would if my budget allowed for such indulgences every day, but sadly like most of us we probably have to put this place on that special occasions list. Definitely put The Venetian Room on your list of must-try’s especially if you have a desire to splurge a little bit. Treat yourself!

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Diver Scallops – Seared Scallops, Porcini Asparagus Risotto, Mushroom Broth, Pancetta Crisp – 18

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Lump Crab Cake – A Pan Fried Lump Crab Cake with a Pommerey Creamy Mustard Sauce, topped with a Black Sesame Savoy Cabbage Slaw – 19

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Gnocchi Stroganoff – Gorgonzola Crusted Petit Filet of Beef, Sun Dried Tomato Potato Gnocchi, Cognac Pearl Onion Cream Sauce, Truffle Shavings – 19

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House-made gelato amuse bouche in an ice flower petal

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Wagyu with diver scallops and quail egg

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Duck L’Orange – Blood Orange Glazed Hudson Valley Duck Breast and Citrus Confit Leg, Sweet Potato Pumpkin Custard Tartlet, Ruby Port Wine Bing Cherry Reduction – 37

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Grand Marnier Souffle

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Creme Anglaise poured table side on the Chocolate Souffle

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