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Norman's Orlando

ElizabethReed | Jan 2, 2011 02:47 PM

We spent a few days in Orlando and had a chance to dine at Norman's. We each had the tasting menu with wine pairings. For us this was an introduction to a whole new world. She started with the stuffed shrimp and I had the Conch chowder. Both were fantabulous and considering that I had no idea what a conch was previously we were off to a promising start. Next we split the "Down Island French Toast". We've had a lot of Foie and consider ourselves discriminating but this was outstanding. On Brioche with a passion fruit caramel the seared Foie was one of the better we've ever had. The seafood course was next. SO had a Key West Yellowtail with citrus butter sauce that was quite nice paired with a very nice Chablis. I had a Grouper that was not originally on the menu so I got a glass of Pinot Noir by mistake(that I got to keep). The grouper had a sauce that had some heat and my first bite was not promising but I soldiered on and grew to really like it. The final course was a ribeye for SO and was underwhelming due to low fat content. I had the Pork Neuvo Latino. INCREDIBLE!!!!!!!! The red wine reduction was intense. Truly one of the more revelatory meals we've had in awhile. Finished with a cheese course that was quite nice and each had a chocolate souffle that was very nice. All in all a wonderful experience and hope to dine at Norman's again. And service was perfect.

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