|Address||7600 Dr. Phillips Blvd.|
|Address||56 E. Pine St.|
|Address||4696 Millenia Plaza Way|
|Address||4401 Grand Floridian Lane|
|City||Lake Buena Vista|
Narcoossee's has always been something of a disappointment to me. I always left it wishing it had been better than it was, which was mostly so-so.
But now the restaurant is on a new path. The chef has refreshed the menu, and it seems the kitchen has a renewed interest in turning out more exciting dishes. If you're really adventurous, try the crispy whole snapper, presented as though swimming on your plate. If that's too graphic, have the togarashi-spiced tuna and jumbo prawn. If the roasted beet salad is available, grab it.Now serving a very pleasant waterfront brunch. Read about that here: http://goo.gl/ZVqxjb... Read more
As theme restaurants go, NBA City does a terrific job. It's a big place with lots of dining areas, but the main room is designed like an old gym, complete with an elevated running track around the room. It's very pleasant from a nostalgia standpoint.
Even better, they didn't give short shrift to the quality of the food. While nothing is a slam dunk winner, it's all pretty good, making it a great choice for basketball fans. Menu features such items as Chicken Bleu, Sesame Crusted Salmon, Maple Glazed Pork Chops, Cajun Stuffed Chicken, and Oak-Smoked Baby Back Ribs.
Merchandise? You bet, all officially licensed by the NBA.... Read more
|Address||7040 International Drive|
(north of Sand Lake Road)
Central Florida finally gets another chance to experience the wonderful world of Ethiopian cuisine. Don’t blow it this time! Wash your hands – you’ll be eating with them – and order an array of wat to sample. What? No, wat. It's a sort of stew, and wats are the most common dishes in an Ethiopian restaurant. These might include variations of beef or chicken, but pork is never served. There are a few seafood selections on Nile’s menu, but Ethiopia is a landlocked country and seafood dishes are not common. Vegetarian wat versions feature lentils or split peas. Ethiopian restaurants are wonderful places for vegetarians to dine as meatless meals are a big part of the country’s cultural heritage. If you feel lost, ask one of your gracious hosts to guide you.
Coffee is Ethiopia’s top commodity and the coffee ceremony is a big part of a traditional meal. The coffee service area occupies a space in the front of the dining room. The whole beans are roasted in a small metal saucepan while incense burns nearby. When the beans are roasted the pan is brought to the table and waved about so the guests can enjoy the aroma. Once the beans are ground and brewed, the coffee is poured from ... Read more
|Address||China pavilion at Epcot|
Walt Disney World
|City||Lake Buena Vista|
Recently remodeled, Nine Dragons is probably the easiest restaurant at Epcot to get in to without a reservation. That's because to so many people Chinese food is not equated with fine dining -- it's something that comes in a cardboard container and you get it for takeout. This is different, more of an upscale Chinese dining experience.
I popped in for a lunch and started with a bowl of chicken consomme with pork dumplings, a golden broth with a rich mouthfeel. It had two big dumplings of chewy dough filled with well-spiced ground pork.
For my entree I had the shrimp with spinach noodles, which looked very much like something you'd find served in the Italy pavilion. (But remember that Marco Polo is said to have introduced Italians to pasta after a voyage to China.) The noodles were fettuccinelike and were mixed with red and green sauteed bell peppers and dotted with flecks of hot pepper flakes and topped with cool, fesh coriander.
The shrimp had a thin film of crispiness and peppery spice.
For dessert there was a sponge cake with fruit filling that was slightly dry.... Read more