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Brunch


Where to eat on a Sunday morning in downtown Orlando?  Le Gourmet Break on S. Magnolia is where we ended up and it was delicious.   I was in Orlando to see a play with my sister & niece and from the moment we walked into Le Gourmet Break, we were hooked.  It was too early for dessert, but they had a display case of gorgeous looking pastries.  My niece went for the tuna panini, my sister got the Parisienne crepe and I went for an omelette croissant.

Everything was fresh and delicious.  The panini was tasty, the crepe had thinly sliced ham, turkey & swiss with a bechamel sauce & mushrooms and the cheese was perfectly ooey gooey, & melted.  The croissant was huge and I got it with ham, cheddar & mushrooms.  It was buttery and flaky and the eggs were cooked perfectly.    Total bill was about $30 and we’d definitely eat here again.

Le Gourmet Break
150 S. Magnolia Ave
Orlando, FL
407-371-9476

Le Gourmet Break Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Food5/5
Service4/5
Atmosphere4/5
Value4/5
4.4/5

German Lunch


I was in Orlando with my sister & niece and we had lunch at Schumann’s Jagerhaus.  The place was completely empty at noon on a Saturday.  We ordered the Jager Schnitzel, veal goulash,  and a burger.

The Jager Schnitzel was tasty and there was plenty of it.  It was tender and the had a nice mushroom gravy on it.  It came with two sides, but I wanted the Spätzle instead.  I don’t have an issue with an upcharge for something different, but I do expect the waitress to mention it.  In this case, all she asked is if I wanted Spätzle to replace both sides & I said yes, not knowing she was going to charge me separately for both.  I didn’t actually need two portions of it.

The goulash and the burger were both ok.  The beef was tender in the goulash, but the Spätzle without the cheese was kind of dry.

None of us were really that impressed with the food.  It was just ok.

Schumann’s Jagerhaus
25 West Church Street
Orlando, FL
(407) 985-1950

Schumann's Jäger Haus Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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

    Cappadoccia Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

    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

    Ararat Euro Food & Bistro Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

    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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  • Filed under: Orlando, Thai