Visit Orlando's Magical Dining, a culinary extravaganza that allows locals and tourists alike to explore the diverse flavors of the city, is happening now; and I've been making my way around the city to enjoy as many experiences as possible.
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Last night, I embarked on a gastronomic adventure at Taverna Opa, a Mediterranean restaurant nestled on the second floor at Pointe Orlando. With a three-course menu ($40) that promised to tantalize my taste buds, I was eager to dive into a world of flavors. Join me as I recount my delightful journey through saganaki, filet mignon, and Greek yogurt -- plus the additional complementing wine flight that elevated the entire experience.
- Savoring Saganaki: My magical dining experience began with a burst of flavor (and fire!) – the saganaki. This traditional Greek dish, featuring pan-seared kefalograviera cheese flambéed with brandy, arrived at our table with a sizzling spectacle. The combination of crispy cheese and a hint of citrus from the lemon garnish was nothing short of extraordinary. It set the perfect tone for the culinary voyage that awaited.
- Filet Mignon Perfection: For the main course, I opted for the filet mignon. Cooked to perfection, the tender cut of beef was accompanied by a medley of green beans and lemon potatoes. Each bite was a symphony of flavors and the impeccable execution of this dish left me thoroughly impressed.
- Sweet Indulgence – Greek Yogurt with Walnuts and Honey: As the evening progressed, I was treated to a sweet ending with a classic Greek dessert – yogurt with walnuts and honey. (I want to note that this dessert was not on the Magical Dining menu, but since I follow a gluten free diet, a substitution was made.) Creamy Greek yogurt, drizzled generously with golden honey and sprinkled with crunchy walnuts, created a harmonious blend of textures and tastes. It was a delightful reminder of the rich culinary heritage that Taverna Opa proudly embraces.
- Enhancing the Experience – The Wine Flight: To elevate my dining experience further, I decided to add a wine flight for just $18 (Gala Estate Moschofilero, Gain Estate Agiorgitiko and Greek Dessert Wine). This selection of three wines complemented each course perfectly, enhancing the flavors and creating a well-rounded dining experience. The wine flight allowed me to explore a variety of flavors that paired seamlessly with the Mediterranean cuisine.
Orlando's Magical Dining event is a true culinary adventure, and my visit to Taverna Opa was nothing short of magical. The event runs until October 1, so there's still time to embark on your own culinary journey through Orlando's vibrant food scene. Don't miss this opportunity to savor the flavors of Taverna Opa and make your Magical Dining experience truly unforgettable.