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Report - Orlando: Thank you Chowhound

domesticgodess | Mar 21, 2010 04:09 AM

Once again, chowhound sent me to the perfect location.
If you follow twitter: I took picutres of the whole meal.

I am talking about: The Ravenous Pig.

The first nite, we arrived, I called and they were booked solid.
I asked availability for the next nite and was told that they were booked solid as well.
(always a good sign).

I was determined and on Saturday nite we took a risk and she said that the "first come first serve" section wasn't too bad. So off we went.
We scored as there was a cancellation and we got a table for two at 9 p.m. on a Saturday nite.

Service was efficient and friendly. Clearly our waiter liked his job. I asked if the patrons were local or tourists and he replied "local and some are very very regular". (also a good sign).

We had the gruyere biscuits with smoked sea salt, and truffle fries while we sipped beers we selected (all from microbreweries).
Then we had a salad called the Gathering...which was a hit. Just the right amount of crunch, acidity and flavor.
Then we split a ceviche made of cured tile fish with a cucumber sorbet, avocado, mint, cilantro...and I was in heaven.Someone in the kitchen knows what they are doing!!
Then we split a halibut with pureed celery root, and fennel..that looked as gorgeous as it tasted.

No dessert: No room.
It was an outstanding meal and now I know why its mentioned on chowhound over and over again.

Second Meal: Oceanaire.
A tourist - business - restaurant. Service was amazing. Food was OK..nothing spectacular.
My husbands salad (tomoto and red onion) was just that. We were a bit surprised.
We split a macademia crusted sea bass that I enjoyed very much.
The cheese cake - was creamy, fluffy and a perfect was to end the meal.

Third Meal: Tapas Tu Tu
A fun place indeed. Belly Dancers, Flamenco Dancers....every hour, paraded thru the aisles.
Sangria hit the spot. The decor is eclectic and its very casual.
I swear soon as we ordered, no more than 10 minutes later, our food arrived.
The pumpkin pizza was indeed "different" - but cant say that anything was outstanding.
Our waitress was lovely and the ktichen was beyond efficient but not sure if I would return for the food.

That sums up our trip.

Thank you local chowhounds for the recomendations!!

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