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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

    The smell of cinnamon was just too much to pass up on our way through City Walk into Universal Studios.

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    I got a minibun, but Loren went for the Pecanbun which was more sugar and deliciousness than one person should eat first thing in the morning.  But it was good.  Total bill for the mini & the big bun was $8.50.

    Cinnabon
    Universal City Walk
    Orlando, FL

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    Food4/5
    Service3/5
    Atmosphere3/5
    Value3/5
    3.4/5

    Bubba Gump


    We went to the Matchbox Twenty concert at Universal Studios tonight and took in a late dinner at Bubba Gump Shrimp Co in City Walk.  We got there a little after 10pm and there was a good 45 minute wait for a table.  The restaurant was pretty loud, but luckily we were seated in a back corner so it wasn’t too bad.  The whole place is filled with memorabilia from Forest Gump and our waiter even quizzed us on the movie.  Loren went for Lt Dan’s Drunken Shrimp.

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    It had shrimp and a very mild andouille sausage over mashed potatoes.  He really liked it.  The shrimp were cooked perfectly and the mashed potatoes were smooth and tasty.  He ate every last bite on the plate.  I got the stuffed shrimp.

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    This was also a really tasty dish.  The crabmeat stuffing was plentiful and had a good flavor and the shrimp were cooked well.  It also came with rice and a piece of garlic bread.  Service was quick and efficient and our waiter was really friendly.  Total bill with a drink was $41.

    Bubba Gump Shrimp Co
    6000 Universal Blvd
    Orlando, FL
    407-903-0044

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    Food4/5
    Service4/5
    Atmosphere3/5
    Value3/5
    3.7/5
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  • Filed under: Orlando, Seafood
  • We spent the day at Universal Studios/Islands of Adventure.  I didn’t get any photos, but we ate lunch at Croissant Moon in Islands of Adventure and dinner at Pat O’Briens in City Walk.

    Nothing’s cheap in the amusement parks.  Lunch was $30 for a couple of sandwiches, salad and a piece of cake.  The food was fresh, but nothing to write home about.

    Dinner was also $30, but it was really good.  I got the crawfish etouffee and Loren got the taste of New Orleans trio which had a bowl of gumbo, jambalaya, and red beans & rice.  I’d definitely eat at Pat O’Briens again.   We sat outside and it was really dark, but they had portable heaters going so at least it was warm.

     

     

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