Best food experience ever! I made our reservation through Opentable so I knew we'd have a table when we arrived after 12+ hours of traveling. Some people complain about the price but if you look on their website the prices are listed on the menu and they're very comparable to Top of the World Stratosphere and Emeril's Orlando (and IMO this place is better). If you allow yourself to relax and enjoy the atmosphere and are willing to try new things then you'll have a great time. In almost every direction there's something cool to look at: from the backlit wavy wall installations, the mounds of decorative cushions on the couches, the little stools for ladies to rest their feet if the couch is too high, the lit archways, the wicked lighting sculptures, and sprinkled throughout are some orange light fixtures. I wanted to take the whole place home :-)
Our waiter Craig was very personable and explained even the most complex sounding items to make them enticing, a true art in itself. I kept telling him I wouldn't remember or understand but it didn't matter I was pretty much going to try everything but mom was a little more cautious. Up front he told us if we tried something and didn't like it he would replace it with something else. We did have to do that with their signature white bean soup b/c I thought it was really bland and mom doesn't eat beans but she did try it which impressed me. Overall everything else we ordered were major foodgasms. I was basically reduced to nodding and mmmm'ing b/c i couldn't form words or sentences anymore.
Here's everything I ordered: paella, white bean soup, hand rolled black truffle tagliatelle pasta [truly exceptional], homemade gnocchi, halibut cheeks, warm banana & butterscotch bread pudding [the stuff legends are told about] to which I had the wine pairings recommended by the chef. I only remembered to write down two: Meiomi, Belle Glos, Pinot Noir, Santa Barbara, 2009 and the Ron Zacapa 23, Guatemala. The former is a white wine but it's called a burgundy which was something completely new to me and it's very tasty like the reds I usually drink. The latter was the dessert pairing and is very luxurious and made for sipping.
Here's everything mom ordered: ceviche, risotto of lobster [best ever and favorite of the whole meal], white bean soup, foie gras [forget what you're eating and enjoy the heck out of it], beef tenderloin, caramel corn crème Brule and to drink Pepsi and the Passion Fruit Sangria.
My recommendation is ask for Craig, talk with the chef, relax, be enchanted, leave your worries and rush at the door; enjoy the experience.
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