A lot of vegans — and plenty of people who just like good, creative food regardless of the central protein — mourned the loss of Cafe 118. Perhaps not enough to have kept the raw-food restaurant in business, but that’s another matter.
If those folks want a second chance to support a vegan restaurant on Park Avenue, or really close to it, they can get behind Daya.
The Boheme, the fine dining restaurant in the Grand Bohemian hotel in downtown Orlando, had the good fortune to have a great new neighbor move in: the Dr. Phillips Center for Performing Arts. Instantly, what had been a restaurant that mainly served hotel guests became the dining venue of first choice for DPAC patrons attending musicals, lecture series and concerts.
But instead of sitting back and resting on the laurels of its serendipitous surge in business, the Boheme stepped up its culinary game to show that it was worthy of the attention. In the many years that I’ve been dining at and reviewing the Boheme — I first critiqued it in June, 2001, when the hotel first opened — I don’t think I’ve ever seen the kitchen putting out as good as we experienced recently at the holiday edition of Scott Joseph’s Supper Club.