NAPA at the Peabody Orlando
Alas, magical dining month in Orlando is here! I previously had a post regarding Magical Dining Month where select restaurants in Orlando offered a three course meal for $33. It really is an amazing deal. Thanks to Visit Orlando, I had the opportunity to taste the menu at NAPA at the Peabody Orlando. There are actually two Peabody Hotels, one of which is in Memphis, TN and the other is right here in Orlando, FL. I hadn’t been to the Peabody before but passed it many times on I-drive. This was a great opportunity for me to check out NAPA.
The Peabody Orlando offers free valet parking for up to 3 hours if you dine at one of their restaurants. There’s the NAPA, Capriccio Grill, and B-Line Diner. NAPA is more California-based, specifically more wine country-inspired. The Capriccio Grill is an Italian Steakhouse and the B-Line Diner is 24 hour restaurant featuring classic American diner fare.
The Rocks Burning: Absolut Mandarin Vodka, serrano pepper, orange & cranberry juice and freshly squeezed lemon juice. There’s a definite kick with the initial sip but then it turns into a delicate heat.
If you’re facing the big colorful wall, NAPA is actually downstairs to the left and Rocks is up the stairs on the right. Once you enter NAPA, the ambiance totally changes. No televisions here, wine bottles used as decorations on the wall, dim lighting. It’s a very nice intimate feel, great for a date night.
Everything on the menu looks amazing. For the appetizer, you can select either the Bibb Lettuce or the Fall Squash Bisque. The Bibb Lettuce Salad was a delectable surprise. It was a fruitier salad, with the kumquats and pineapple vinaigrette but I think my favorite part of the salad were the spiced hazelnuts.
The Fall Squash Bisque was a hit among the other guests. I found it a tad sweet for my personal liking and would have preferred some more savoriness. Nonetheless, it was still delicious. It was a fun presentation as the server poured the soup into the bowl which already has the marshmallow and toasted sage in top.
For the entrée, you have three options. The Grilled Beef Filet, Cioppino, or the Forest Mushroom & Roasted Shallot Lasagne. Each entrée was excellent in their own right. The Grilled Beef Filet, mmmm.. I’m still salivating thinking of this dish. The smoked bacon risotto was cooked perfectly. The huckleberry demiglace just accompanied the beef filet wonderfully.
The Cioppino is a great option for seafood lovers. It is one of the signature dishes at NAPA. Mussels, calamari, lump crab, rock shrimp, mahi mahi, fennel, leeks, spicy tomato broth, and a paprika rouille. That was a mouthful, literally. Lots of flavor, the seafood wasn’t overcooked. The paprika rouille was a nice addition. Again, another hearty and flavorful dish. If you love a good bouillabaisse, then you’ll certainly enjoy the cioppino here. For those who wish to make the recipe at home, I’ve provided one here.
For the vegetarians, fear not there is an entrée for you as well. The Forest Mushroom & Roasted Shallot Lasagne. My fellow diners and I were blown away by the flavor of the lasagne. The lasagna pasta was slightly al dente, lots of mushrooms. The spicy tarragon tomato sauce just hit the spot.
Last but not least, can I forget dessert? The two options available are the Warm Apple Crumb Cake and the Nutty Brownie. The Warm Apple Crumb Cake is served with granny smith apples, candied walnuts and vanilla ice cream. It was a nice light dessert after all the amazing food I just ate. The Nutty Brownie, wow. I loved the Bailey’s Anglaise. This was such a fluffy brownie, just spectacular.
And what better way to finish off my meal then with a cappuccino?
The food at NAPA was incredible, I had an amazing evening with great people and just an overall great experience. Everything you eat here will be fantastic. Be sure to check out NAPA and the other restaurants in Orlando for Magical Dining Month. It’s a great way to try all these different restaurants at a discounted price. This really is a great deal and you will get high quality food. For those who want to have a little staycation in September, Visit Orlando offers Stay and Dine packages at select hotels in the area. Like the Peabody Orlando which offers the Superior Room and dinner for two at Napa or Capriccio Grill, for $159 per night.