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Toronto Chowhounder's Orlando experience - Day 1

Charles Yu | Mar 5, 201508:22 PM

It was great escaping from frigid -20C weather to -20C+, even though it was pouring with rain on the day of our arrival. By the time we checked into our hotel, it was around 3.30 pm. Not wanting to eat too much and wasting our dinner quota, our party of four opted for some "Publix" Fried Chicken and Creamy Coleslaw to bridge the gap.

OMG! How can Supermarket chicken taste soooo good?! We have nothing remotely tasty up here in Toronto! Perfectly seasoned crispy and crunchy batter surrounding moist, juicy and cooked just right meat. What more can one ask for?! And at $7.99 for 8 pieces - What a steal!

For dinner we settled for Spanish/Basque tapas at "TXOKOS". Overall, food was decent with a few stand out dishes like the 'Foie', Uni Risotto and Conserva. Unfortunately, the Snapper special was overcooked and under-seasoned. An expensive $38 miss!

We had the following: ( details of dishes described on menu posted )

- Conserva ( surprisingly tasty sardines )
- Kalomotxo Pork Belly ( way too fat )
- Pulpo Gallego ( nicely charred and season. Not as good as NYC's Casa Mono though! )
- Black Mussels ( Overall, tasted a bit strange and disharmonized )
- Foie ( Super decadent and delicious. Foie Gras, duck egg and creamy potato puree! What can go wrong with such combo except may be one's cholesterol level?! Ha! )
- Clams Salsa Verde ( Okay, but expecting better )
- Empanadas ( Cumin used was overwhelming. Sauce Zingara noticeably absent?! )
- Uni Cremoso ( Another decadent dish. Unexpectedly delicious. Great textural interplay. Serious competitor to NYC's Michelin 2* Marea's version! )
- Snapper ( Overcooked and under-seasoned. Skin not crispy as advertised. Need I say more? A bad-value $38 dish! )
- Basque Cake ( A must after a Spanish/Basque Tapas meal. However, Toronto's Bar Isabel's version was way, way superior! )

Considering the Head Chef was a James Beard Award Semi-Finalist, we were expecting better. Still, meal was enjoyable.

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