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Have you been to Kouzzina?

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loriannkru Aug 3, 2010 05:24 PM

For anyone who has eaten at Kouzzina--how is it? Is the food amazing, or just so-so? Any items not to be missed? Would you rank it among your top 15 restaurants in Orlando (inside AND outside the parks)? Any specific dishes that are not to be missed?

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  1. askdrtodd RE: loriannkru Aug 4, 2010 06:13 AM

    Never been but only 51% of people on Urbanspoon liked it, which doesn't necessarily meant it's bad, but also doesn't add to it's clout.

    1. Sandwich_Sister RE: loriannkru Aug 4, 2010 01:00 PM

      I haven't been either but the two people I know who went on seperate occassions said it was just "okay" and for the price it made me not want to try it. I'd really like to hear if any chowhounder has been there and what they thought.

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        johnschiap RE: loriannkru Aug 4, 2010 02:16 PM

        We were there last spring, so I won't try to recall specific dishes, but the overall impression was just so-so. We generally agreed the food wasn't much superior from the spots prior incarnation as Spoodles. Not really worth a special trip unless you want to say you've been to Cat Cora's place.

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          queencru RE: loriannkru Aug 4, 2010 07:06 PM

          I thought the food was good, but I don't know if it was good enough to merit those prices. There are definitely places in the parks that are better and more worth your time/money.

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            herbert1 RE: loriannkru Aug 5, 2010 07:04 AM

            I went once, not particularly good food. Average service. Flying Fish right next door is serving some great food these days.

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            Flying Fish
            228 NE 1st Ave, High Springs, FL 32643

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              Sandwich_Sister RE: herbert1 Aug 5, 2010 08:02 AM

              I have to say that this is what I've heard everyone say and this is why I haven't been. I'm not ready to suffer the disappointment.

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                queencru RE: Sandwich_Sister Aug 5, 2010 11:28 AM

                Flying Fish is definitely better. I went to both fairly recently and preferred FF by far.

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                Flying Fish
                Disneys Boardwalk Resort, Orlando, FL 32830

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                  sarahloves2eat RE: queencru Aug 6, 2010 12:51 PM

                  Another vote here for Flying Fish! With 2 small kids we don't get out much for fine dining so this one is always on my list when we get the chance. I can't speak to Kouzzina, just wanted to share my love for Flying Fish ;-)

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                  Flying Fish
                  Disneys Boardwalk Resort, Orlando, FL 32830

            2. rgcblackie RE: loriannkru Aug 6, 2010 11:32 AM

              I went there with my mom not too long ago and I was not impressed. The cheese appetizer was pretty bland, as was the soup we shared. I had what can only be described as a Greek-style shephard's pie and my mom had some lamb. My dish was undersalted and pretty blah. My mom's was "just ok," in her words. We also had an outrageously expensive pitcher of sangria (how that is Greek, I don't know). Overall, it wan't terrible, but I've had better food at other restaurants in Disney hotels (Ohana's / Grand Floridian Cafe / California Grill).

              Hope this helps!!!

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              Disneys Contemporary Resort, Orlando, FL 32830

              1. jme1beachbum RE: loriannkru Aug 8, 2010 11:19 AM

                Went for anniversary dinner and while it was good it was not great and was very overpriced. Disney property has some other, better places for a special event. Very family oriented, casual vibe- noisy large open space. View of the kitchen was cool though. Have been to all the Iron Chefs restaurants now (except Michael Symon) and this was my least favorite.

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                  loriannkru RE: jme1beachbum Aug 8, 2010 07:56 PM

                  Thanks to everyone for your responses! You're saving me a trip and a disappointment.

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                    herbert1 RE: jme1beachbum Aug 8, 2010 08:05 PM

                    It really is astounding that Cat Cora would put her name on something that doesn't provide a better level of food. I am not inclined to seek out her other establishments after visiting Kouzzina.

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