Ceviche of Orlando!
Last night I had the pleasure of dining at a restaurant in downtown Orlando called Ceviche. Obviously from the name it is classified as an authentic South American restaurant. The prices of the dishes are minimal due to the fact that they serve their food in minimal portions. The dishes are like sample plates for you and your joining party to enjoy. I heard about the restaurant by word of mouth so I decided to to develop my own opinion about the place and I was NOT disappointed. The food was savory and the portion sizes were perfect for trying different South American dishes at a minimal price. Ultimately, you pay less and get more…sounds like there’s a catch right? Wrong.
On the night of July 18th, my girlfriend’s sister and her husband had flown into town from New Jersey and we wanted to take them out to eat somewhere in downtown Orlando. We wanted a Spanish restaurant but we weren’t sure about our options. We did a search on Google and the best Spanish restaurant that popped up was a place called Ceviche, a Peruvian restaurant. We felt adventurous so we decided to give it a shot since the customer service ratings for the restaurant were rated 4 ½ stars. At about 8 o’clock we walked into the restaurant and were immediately sat at a table. The menu was mainly in Spanish so none of us really had a clue what we were ordering. We questioned the waiter about several different dishes on the menu and finally came to a decision. The restaurant was set up so that everything that was ordered on the menu came in small portions for numerous people to share, kind of like sampling different dishes. We ordered the Ox tail and this curious dish called sweet bread. Now a normal person would read sweet bread and come to the immediate conclusion that it was an assortment of various breads. That conclusion that we drew was very wrong. The sweet bread was the first dish to be set upon the table. Since the waiter set it on the table without telling us which one it was, everyone took a piece and was eating it slowly to enjoy the flavor thinking that it was the Ox tail. Not long after the second dish was set down, except for this time the waiter announced that it was the Ox tail. Since the sweetbread was a kind of meat, we thought that it was the Ox tail. We all looked at each other with astonishment on our faces and said “if that’s the Ox tail, then what’s the other dish?!?” The waiter laughed and said “that’s Cow cheek.” Oh my goodness! I about lost my appetite finding out this truth. The waiter quickly ran off to wait on the other tables.
Here are some pictures of the adventure!
Top picture: Cow cheek (AKA sweet bread)
Bottom picture: Ox tail
I would recommend this restaurant for anyone looking for a perfect romantic dinner date, and a different experience among most American cultural restaurants. The dish sizes are small, but inexpensive so that you can order an assortment of various alternate dishes. I have include the direct link to their website, a gallery of the restaurant, and if you click on the link from UrbanSpoon.com it will take you to see all of the restaurant reviews. Also, “Like” them on Facebook! From one foodie to another, Bon Apetit!