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cherylp3 Jan 20, 2008 02:59 PM

Looking for suggestions for valentine's day.
Food preferences: I don't eat Pork, shellfish and am lactose intolerant)

Last year we went to Luma and it was great, looking for other suggestions.

Area: Between downtown and Sanford is preferred.

Thanks Cheryl

  1. winechic Jan 20, 2008 03:25 PM

    Just posted that Midnight Blue is hosting a V'day dinner with couples pricing. Don't know if it's a fixed menu...no info online but they should know the details if you call.

    900 E. Washington St. • Orlando, FL 32801 • 407.999.9012

    If you like Luma you'll like Midnight Blue, which is similar in cuisine style but a bit funkier and more casual in atmosphere.

    Also think about:

    Rocco's Italian Grille
    400 N. Orlando Ave.
    Winter Park, FL 32789
    407-644-7770

    (Dressy and make reservations ASAP)
    Manuel's on the 28th
    390 N Orange Ave # 28
    Orlando, FL 32801
    407-246-6580

    If you are looking for a consistent winner of "Most Romantic" in Orlando, you'll have to shoot for the attractions.

    Cheers!

    2 Replies
    1. re: winechic
      m
      mish Jan 22, 2008 06:09 PM

      I highly discourage going to Manuel's on the 28th. My husband and I had dinner there right before New Year's and the food was average, at best. It does occupy a beautiful space and the atmosphere is very romantic...but the food was not worth the money at all. We had pistachio crusted scallops as a starter that were flavorless...the lobster bisque was fishy (we used to love their bisque!)...and both of our ahi-tuna entree's, which the server RAVED about, came out well-done & dry.

      I complained to our server who gave me a bit of an attitude and then the manager came over. He said he agreed that my tuna was overcooked, tried to give me a free dessert (which I did not want) and then only refunded HALF of my entree. It is clear this restaurant is no longer at it's peak and is seriously lacking in quality. We have dined there many times since we moved to Orlando 8 years ago and always left extremely satisfied...but no more. My husband said he never wants to go back ever again.

      I suggest finding something other than Manuel's for your valentines day or any other special occassion.

      1. re: mish
        winechic Jan 23, 2008 10:03 AM

        What a bummer to hear!! I haven't eaten there in just over a year.

        Hubby and I loved the prixe fixe menu and wine pairings. The Lobster Bisque was a favorite and I used to order the Ahi Tuna, too. : ( Thanks for posting your feedback, I'll be holding off on a visit anytime soon.

    2. winechic Jan 21, 2008 05:53 AM

      Just got a notice of the following V'day menu from Harmoni Market...I'll post additional menus info from various places, if I receive any.

      Harmoni Market invites you to join us this
      Valentine's Day, February 14
      to indulge in our delicious Valentine's Day menu


      $50 / person
      $85 / person includes wine pairings

      Amuse
      Fresh Apple, Walnut, Fennel Salad
      Pecorino Ginepro
      Prosecco La Marca - Italy

      1st Course
      Organic Carrot and Ginger Puree
      Pomegranate Crème Fraiche
      Or
      Avocado, Hearts of Palm, Fresh Grapefruit, Organic Bibb
      El Majuelo Sherry Vinaigrette
      Two Princes – Riesling

      Second
      Surf and Turf
      60z Nueske’s Bacon and Roquefort Stuffed Filet and George’s Bank Scallop
      Saffron and Chardonnay Braised Artichoke Heart, Roasted Tomato and Bonati Parmesan Risotto
      Trefethen – Double T

      Wild Salmon Roulade
      Wild Mushroom Duxelle, Arugula, Roasted Tomato, Fresh Sage Crème
      Orzo, Winter Greens, Truffle Shavings
      Ramsay – Pinot Noir

      Tanglewood Farms Preserved Lemon Chicken
      Corn Pepper Polenta, Wilted Spinach, Fresh Lemon Juice
      Frei Brothers - Chardonnay

      Dessert
      Assorted Mini Indulgences
      Tobin James Late Harvest Zinfandel “Liquid Love”

      Executive Chef Everett Kornbrek
      Regular Menu Available
      For Reservations 407.206.0033

      Harmoni Market
      2305 Edgewater Drive, Suite H
      Orlando, FL 32801
      www.harmonimarket.com

      1. winechic Jan 21, 2008 05:57 AM

        K RESTAURANT WINE BAR

        VALENTINE'S DAY MENU

        Thursday, February 14th, 2008

        SMOOTH JAZZ BY THE GARLAND ROSS TRIO

        OPEN SEATING FROM 6:30pm - 10:00pm

        1ST course

        Amuse Boush

        ~

        2ND course

        Cured salmon with green lentils, quail eggs, sweet mustard

        or

        House-made duck pastrami, rutabaga sauerkraut, rye crackers

        ~

        3RD course

        Roasted beets, goat cheese crouton, candied walnuts, watercress

        or

        Curly endive, blood orange, tangerine, citrus vinaigrette

        ~

        4TH course

        Hickory smoked filet, wild mushrooms, house-made bacon, boulangeres potatoes

        or

        Striped black bass, spinach spaetzle, tomato and eggplant sauce

        ~

        5TH course

        Trio of Truffles

        or

        Berry heart chocolate sundae, layers of chocolate mousse, Chambord, and berry ice cream

        Eighty dollars per person excluding beverage, tax and gratuity

        (With wine pairing additional $30)

        Please call for reservations at 407-872-2332

        K Restaurant Wine Bar
        2401 Edgewater Drive
        Orlando, FL 32804
        407-872-2332

        1 Reply
        1. re: winechic
          cherylp3 Jan 21, 2008 07:55 AM

          Thanks - any idea if Citrus or Hue will be doing anything?

        2. j
          JayDubya Jan 23, 2008 03:30 AM

          You may want to consider Enzo's Lakeside in Casselberry. Its a fantastic Italian place. They have a giant table of antipasti so you can pick and choose within your dietary restraints. Every meal I've had there has been fantastic. The service is very gracious, with the owners (sadly not Enzo anymore, but his family) taking a strong interest in making sure your experience is top notch.

          They have lots of "classic" italian dishes, but it seems like I always end up getting fish. The setting is very pretty, overlooking a lake, lots of big oak trees with moss.

          If you're out near Sanford, this would also save you a lot of driving.

          1 Reply
          1. re: JayDubya
            b
            Big Bad Voodoo Lou Jan 23, 2008 06:45 AM

            My girlfriend and I had our Valentine's Day dinner at Enzo's last year, and it was wonderful. Very picturesque restaurant with wonderful food, and less than five minutes from where I live.

          2. l
            LargeLife Jan 23, 2008 04:54 AM

            I'd be headed for The Ravenous Pig in Winter Park! Check the threads on that exciting new(er) restaurant!

            EMac

            1. f
              frienetic Jan 23, 2008 07:58 AM

              I received the menu from Midnight Blue for their couples dinner on Valentine's.

              Valentines 2008 Menu

              1st Course
              Fennel & arugula salad with lemon and olive oil
              or
              Fried green tomato with smoked tomato vinaigrette

              2nd Course
              Pomegranate glazed crispy duck breast
              citrus jasmine rice, grilled baby bok choy
              or
              Espresso rubbed Harris Ranch flat iron steak
              sautéed wild mushrooms with asparagus, chipotle dusted sweet potato, cocoa bordelaise
              or
              Crab and goat cheese crusted mahi mahi
              sautéed spinach, roasted parsnips and carrots, lemon beurre blanc

              3rd Course
              Chocolate trio for 2:
              chocolate mouse • chocolate ancho chili truffle • chocolate cupcake

              $75 per couple
              For reservation, call 407.999.9012

              Seems a tad pricey but who knows?

              1. winechic Jan 28, 2008 12:35 PM

                Journeys Restaurant
                Valentines menu
                Served 2/14/2008 and 2/15/2008

                $150 PER COUPLE

                CHOICE OF APPETIZERS

                Smoked Tuna Carpaccio
                Served with an Asian Fennel Slaw and Crispy Capers

                Or

                Pulled Duck Confit Napoleon
                With a Wild Mushroom Ragout and Topped with a Berry Reduction

                SOUP OR SALAD

                Cupid Red Beet and Yukon Gold Potato Soup

                Or

                Baby Arugula and Bartlett Pear Salad
                With Candied Pecans and a Maytag Blue Vinaigrette

                CHOICE OF ENTREES

                Morel Mushroom Dusted Beef Tenderloin
                Served with a Root Vegetable Gratin and Haricots Verts

                Or

                Sole Roulade stuffed with a Lobster Mousse
                Served with Parisian Vegetables and Topped with a Normandy Nage

                Or

                Rosemary Crusted Rack of Lamb
                Served with Vichy Carrots, Truffle Mash and Haricots Verts

                CHOICE OF DESSERTS

                Chocolate Souffle
                Or
                Apple Angel Cake

                Journeys Restaurant
                1831 W. State Rd. 434
                Longwood, FL 32750
                407-629-2221.

                http://www.journeysrestaurant.net/

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