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In Orlando today with my sister and we stopped at Cappadocia Turkish Cuisine for lunch.  Started with some baba ghanoush and fresh bread.

This made me so happy.  The bread was hot and fresh out of the oven and the baba ghanoush was tasty.  We pretty much licked the plate clean.  We shared a couple of entrees, the lamb shish kebab and the moussaka.

The lamb was flavorful and tender.  It came with rice and veggies.  The moussaka had a wonderful blend of spices in it.  It was also served with rice and just tickled all sorts of senses in your taste buds.  My sister had never tried kunefe before, so we got one.

It’s an unusual dessert.  It’s shredded phyllo dough around a stretchy cheese with a honey sauce.  I’m not sure what was on top of this one, usually it has pistachios.  It’s not too sweet and has a very different texture to it.  It’s hard to describe.  Overall, the food was very authentic and flavorful.  Total bill with a drink was $35.

Cappadocia Turkish Cuisine
565 North Semoran Blvd
Orlando, FL
407-985-2668

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Food4/5
Service3/5
Atmosphere3/5
Value4/5
3.6/5
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  • My sister and I met up in Orlando today and had lunch at Ararat Euro Food and Bistro.  The menu is extensive and we decided to get a bunch of appetizers to try.  We started off with the Pirozhki.

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    It’s an oven baked pastry with a choice of fillings and we went with the ground beef.  It was fresh and tasty, but a little on the dry side.  It could have used something to dip it in.  We ordered a carafe of Mors which is a fresh berry juice.

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    I’m going to have to figure out how to make it.  It wasn’t very sweet, but had a pure berry taste to it.  There were a bunch of different berries in the bottom of the carafe and its made with whatever berries are in season.  Then the rest of our hot appetizers arrived which included pierogi, cabbage rolls, eggplant cutlets, and garlic & dill potatoes

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    Our favorite was the eggplant.  It was seasoned and cooked perfectly.  It had a nice little crunch and not mushy at all.  Eggplant is not the easiest thing to get right, but they know how to make it here.  The pierogi and cabbage rolls were good.  We were both expecting something different with the garlic & dill potatoes.  We didn’t expect them to be french fries.  They were seasoned well, but with all of the other goodness on the table, they didn’t get much love.  This is some place I’d definitely go back to when I’m in Orlando.  There are so many things on the menu I’d like to try.  It’s on Universal Blvd, just past all of the chaos of the theme parks.  Highly recommend it.  Total bill was about $40.

    Ararat Euro Food & Bistro
    7540 Universal Blvd
    Orlando, FL
    407-351-3131

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    Food4/5
    Service4/5
    Atmosphere4/5
    Value4/5
    4.0/5
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  • Filed under: Orlando, Russian
  • Royal Thai


    I met my sister and niece in Orlando today and we had lunch at Royal Thai.  We were seated out on the bright indoor patio.   We had the Pad Broccoli, the Pad Khing, and the Red Curry.  All of the dishes were fresh and tasty.

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    My sister said the red curry was pretty spicy and had a lot of flavor.  The ginger was prominent in the Pad Khing and I enjoyed the sauce in the Pad Broccoli.   Overall, pretty good Thai food at a reasonable price.  Total bill was $25

    Royal Thai Restaurant
    1202 N. Semoran Boulevard
    Orlando, FL 32807
    407-275-0776

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    Food3/5
    Service3/5
    Atmosphere3/5
    Value3/5
    3.0/5
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  • My sister & I were in Orlando this weekend and had lunch at Hawkers.  It’s an Asian street fare tapas restaurant  We ordered and shared four different items.  First up, the vegetarian spring rolls.

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    These were pretty standard spring rolls.  Next up were the curry meatballs.

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    These had a bit of spice to them, but the curry wasn’t overwhelmingly hot.  The meatballs had a good texture and flavor.  The last two items we ordered were the Bok Choy and Crispy Canton Noodles.

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    Both of these suffered from an overabundance of salt.  The bok choy was cooked well, but it was also supposed to have shitake mushrooms and I think there was one on the plate.  The veggies in the crispy noodles were tender crisp with some pieces of pork.  We kept dunking the crispy noodles into the sauce to soften them, but then they just got too salty to eat.  They have a large menu of different items, but these four were enough to fill us for the afternoon.  Total bill was $21.

    Hawkers Asian Street Fare
    1103 N. Mills Ave
    Orlando, FL
    407-237-0606

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    Food3/5
    Service3/5
    Atmosphere3/5
    Value3/5
    3.0/5
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  • Filed under: Asian, Orlando
  • Pastamore


    We wandered around Universal Studios all morning and then decided to get lunch out on City Walk.  We didn’t realize so many of the restaurants didn’t open until late afternoon.  We finally ended up out on the patio at Pastamore.  The waitress brought bread & dipping oil to the table first.

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    The bread was wonderful.  Soft and warm and very tasty.  The dipping oil, on the other hand was served in a rather large bowl and didn’t have any herbs in it.  It was just odd.  We started off with the fried calamari.

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    I felt the portion size was small for a $9 appetizer, but I had to remember we were in a theme park.  Realistically, though, it was enough to share without totally spoiling our appetites for our entrees.  The calamari was cooked well and had a nice crunchy exterior without being too chewy on the inside.  The balsamic glaze and garlic aioli added a nice flavor, but the marinara sauce was pretty bland.  Loren got the salmon salad.

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    He said the salmon was cooked perfectly and he enjoyed the salad.  He likes olives and there were plenty in the salad.  I went for the chicken marsala.

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    This was the lunch half portion, though to be honest, I didn’t realize that’s what I was ordering.  Again, I had to remember theme park prices.  The chicken was very tender and the pasta was just the right tenderness. The dish could have used a bit more of the marsala sauce, but overall, it was pretty tasty.  I was also craving chocolate, so we settled on the chocolate sabayon for dessert.

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    It was a pretty little plate with a very tasty raspberry sauce.  It was a light and fluffy sort of dessert, just what I was craving.  Total bill with a drink was $47.

    Pastamore
    6000 Universal Blvd
    Orlando, FL
    407-224-2244

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    Food4/5
    Service4/5
    Atmosphere4/5
    Value3/5
    3.9/5