Lake Buena Vista, Florida
Yummy Greek Food
After four days of late nights and early mornings we were officially exhausted. As I sat down on the comfortable hotel room bed at 6:00 p.m. the mere thought of simply staying in and picking on granola bars and pretzels actually seemed like a quite attractive option, yet the promise of the delicious Greek food at Kouzzina Inspired me to get back up and keep on going.
Our reservation wasn't until 9:10 p.m., but we ventured over to the restaurant around 8:30 and luckily we were sat immediately in the spacious Mediterranean themed restaurant. Chef Miguel, appeared at our table and seemed to remember me, "your vegan right", now I am not sure if he actually remembered me, I did tell the hostess that I had dinned at Kouzzina before, but anyways I decided to go with it and was just as flattered.
"What did you have last time" he questioned.
I pointed to the spiced briami, a mixture of oven roasted vegetables served over herbed orzo in a tomato sauce ( very similar to a ratatouille).
"Would you like to try something different this time" he offered
"Sure" I agreed questioningly noticing that there was no other vegetarian offerings on the menu.
"I'll make you a sampler of all the vegan options we have"
I was ecstatic not only was I getting a different meal from the meal that I had last time but I was also going to be able to try a plethora of items, plus there was the bonus of having my custom meal specially created by a very good looking chef, I was pretty much on cloud 9.
We began our meal by splitting a salad ( figuring it was safe to go with something light). We split the endive and shaved fennel salad served with dried cranberries, spiced cashews, and yellow pearl tomatoes in a thyme vinaigrette. The salad was delicious and fresh, perfect for holding us over as we awaited our meal.
In the meantime we also picked on the delicious sesame seed bread served with two delicious robust oils both infused with vegetables and pine nut, one even had a slight green apple flavoring, accompanied by a side of slightly salty kalamata olives.
Then at last the main course was served! Excitedly I dug in, exclaiming how delicious each offering was after each bite. There were 3 dips a creamy chickpea hummus drizzled with olive oil, a whipped garlic potato spread, and a eggplant dip served with a side of crispy toasted bread. There were two vegetarian stuffed grape leaves filled with rice and seasoned with lemon and dill, sauteed farmhouse greens with toasted garlic, oven baked gigantes beans served in a tomato sauce with buttery olive oil, rosemary roasted fingerling potatoes, Oven roasted eggplant and red bell peppers seasoned with oregano, and a warm salad made of corn, roasted red peppers, and beans seasoned with a mixture of herbs. Each offering was delicious and had a distinct taste. I thoroughly enjoyed my sampler platter.
My Dad ordered the Lamb Shank, unfortunately I was too preoccupied with my meal to take pictures of his, but apparently it was quite tasty. His meal was served over oven baked gigantes beans in a pepper sauce.
For dessert we selected the loukoumades, and were presented with an overflowing cup full of freshly made Greek doughnuts served with a strawberry and chocolate dipping sauce, quite delicious if I do say so myself!
Although the meals at both restaurants were absolutely amazing the one thing that puts these restaurants amongst my favorites was the great service and attention to detail. In both instances the chefs went above and beyond to provide an amazing and unique dining experience, they made sure to artfully create unique custom dishes to accommodate my modified diet.
In a world that doesn't always understand the hardship of having a special dietary need or modified diet it's nice to know there's restaurants like the ones in Disney that do their best to accommodate all of the guests and provide a delicious and unforgettable dining experience. For the first time in a long time since being diagnosed with a diary allergy and becoming a vegan I am able to walk into a restaurant and not stress over whether or not Ill be able to eat, for the first time ever I have been able to have a selection of delectable entree options rather then a simple boring salad.
In the five months since I have been here I have dined at over 22 restaurants here at Disney. This may seem a bit extreme but in reality I am trying to make the most of my time here and take advantage of the world class service which Disney is known for. In less then two weeks it's back to the real world which doesn't always care about those with special dietary needs, so until then I am making it my mission to continue to thoroughly enjoy myself, by surrounding myself in a friendly atmosphere, with caring cast members, while enjoying delicious food.
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Added by Kait's Inside Dish on Dec 20 11 (last updated Dec 20 11)
$$ - average
- Large Group-Friendly