Bahama Breeze pt 2 - Orlando / Florida Guide
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Our favourite Bahama Breeze location is at Lake Bryan ( Premium Outlets Vineland Ave turn off). we often prefer to eat early evening, before it gets busy, when we can have our choice of dining table on the deck and listen to the Caribbean inspired music.
On a warm summer evening in early July we pulled in to an unusually quiet car park and made our way towards the entrance. The host, holding open the door for us, seemed slightly surprised when we declined, saying that we preferred to eat on the deck - only mad British people eat outdoors in the heat of the summer! At this point, although there were people at the bar we had our pick of tables and chose one which seemed to be benefitting from the breeze from the overhead fans ( the deck did soon begin to fill up shortly after our arrival).
Mnase Latu had already started his early evening set and we were soon swaying along to the Caribbean rhythms. Our server, DJay, brought us our menus, accompanied by the daily specials and took our order for drinks- one frozen strawberry daiquiri, unusually flavourless, one ultimate piña colada, unusually small, and a sprite for our designated driver. The small criticism about the drinks is the only criticism you will find in this account.
We ordered two appetisers to share between the three of us, coconut shrimp with an absolutely delicious citrus mustard dipping sauce, there were six so we had two each! We also ordered an island flatbread of vine ripened tomato and basil accompanied by Parmesan and mozzarella cheeses. Both were delicious and, whist we cleared our plates, we could not have eaten any more for fear of spoiling our appetites for the entrees. We chose three different main dishes:
Firstly a salad of grilled chicken and tropical fruit on mixed greens which included, pineapple, mandarin oranges, grapes, strawberries, goats cheese crumbles and honey roasted almonds all topped with a citrus vinaigrette. This was a huge portion and absolutely delicious and, if preferred, could be served with shrimp instead of chicken.
The next choice was new to the menu since our last visit and was another huge salad. This time grilled tenderloin was the primary ingredient, cooked to your specification and accompanied by portobello mushrooms, vegetables and mixed greens all tossed in white balsamic vinaigrette. The salad was finished with blue cheese crumbles and flatbread crisps. Although enjoyable it was declared ' not as good as the Cobb salad' the usual choice.
The final choice was an old favourite - Calypso Shrimp Liguine, sautéed with garlic, scallions and tomatoes with the addition of Creole spices and a touch of cream. This is served with a slice of garlic ciabatta bread and offered in lighter or full sized portions. Delicious as usual and stuffed full of shrimps.
Throughout our meal our server was attentive, filling up the water glasses and absolute necessity for the spicy shrimps and offering further drinks as required.
None of us had room for dessert but there were several desserts on offer to satisfy any sweet tooth cravings and we could possibly have been tempted by the banana supreme, sliced bananas and vanilla ice cream on warm banana nut bread with hot butterscotch brandy sauce, but on this occasion we had a full evenings shopping ahead of us and so we declined, the same reason for also refusing coffee. A visit to Starbucks was planned for later.
The bill came to $92 including the tip and we all agreed it was excellent value for money.
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