In 1997 the original Ceviche Tapas Bar and Restaurant opened in Tampa. This restaurant has five distinctive buildings in five locations that offer very different dining experiences. The restaurant in Orlando is located at Historic Church Street Station in the heart of downtown. It has beautiful cathedral ceilings, a magnificent central tapas bar and a large, yet warm, lounge with live flamenco music.
Kirby couldn’t help but try the Ancus De Rana, pictured above, which are jumbo marinated pan-seared frog legs served with a tomato sherry butter sauce over field greens. He enjoyed them.
The menu at this unique Spanish Tapas Restaurant has over 100 different hot and cold tapas, as well as paellas and cazuelas. Most of their tapas recipes are from Northern Spain and Catalan. Many of the ingredients used are imported directly to the restaurant from these places; the idea behind this is to maintain the authenticity of the dishes. They offer an exclusive Spanish wine list and their Sangria has been voted “Best in Tampa Bay.” In Orlando you can join them on Sundays for their unique “Tapas Brunch” and they are open for lunch during the week. We’ve visited the Orlando location several times and always had a great time and meal.
We both love seafood so the Cangerjos De La Casa, a baked jumbo lump and backfin blue crab cake, served with a saffron sherry sauce was something we just had to try, it was awesome.
This is the Ceviche Mero a mixture of fish marinated in lime juice and cilantro and other ingredients. They change the selection of Ceviche’s they serve so be sure to go often and check out the variety.
The Mahi Mahi Al Papel is served in parchment paper with mushrooms, peppers, onions and saffron sauce, very fancy.
My adventurous husband Kirby really enjoyed the Pulpo A La Gallega which is their sliced octopus in extra virgin olive oil and paprika, served over potatoes, he said it was good.
If you like ‘bruschetta’ type starters you won’t be disappointed by the Pan Con Tomate, toasted bread with the perfect blend of garlic, olive oil and tomato, it takes this to a whole new level.
The Ceviche alternative to boring French Fires is Patatas Bravas, fried potatoes tossed with spicy homemade aioli, no ketchup required.
The Almendrado is a crisp, warm almond pastry dessert served with vanilla ice cream. It was so good I was sorry I didn’t have more room for it.
Ceviche’s is a great place for a group of friends to meet because with their extensive menu, unparalleled wine selection and the fact that it’s a part of Church Street Station in downtown Orlando, everyone is guaranteed to have a good time.
Originally Published on November 19th, 2012