September Foodspotting Eatup Orlando at Ceviche Tapas Bar & Restaurant

by Julius Mayo Jr | September 29th, 2011 -

Last weekend was the September Orlando Foodspotting Eatup at Ceviche Tapas Bar & Restaurant in Orlando, FL. Continuing the theme of discovering new international cuisines, I wanted to try a place that was easy to share plates with a large group of people. This month the FS eatup location was suggested by fellow food blogger @EatLocalOrlando for us to try Cevche’s Tapas that had an array of good tasting plates and that were great to photograph.

 

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A few of us got there early, so we decided to start with a pitcher of white Sangria. Next we tried a pitcher of red Sangria, that accompanied our meal.

 

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Chris from EatLocalOrlando gave me a quick tour of the Ceviche Bar in the center of the restaurant, where they prepare some of the Tapas dishes. This was my first time at Ceviche, and I was quite pleased to see the ingredients, the fresh seafood, and the meats hanging from this bar. I did not expect there was a place like this in Orlando, but now I’m quickly discovering there are. I hope all of the locals and tourists will visit these unique restaurants, outside the typical chain restaurants.

 

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There was a group of a total of 14 people. Some left early, while others came later. The menu was extensive, but we were all able to order a few items and share them. We literally shared almost every plate, which was great for a group this size. When you sat down, there was food being passed to you. It was a really fun experience and we all got a taste of good food and of course take some photos.

 

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Around the table, so many fun discussions about each other’s favorite food or favorite restaurants in different cities.

 

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@iEatsbyJewelES, @Droolius, & Ang – No time for the entire group shot, but there’s some small group shots scattered here and there. It was a good time with good people.

There’s too much to write about each dish, so I will just give the name and description of each. You can try them for yourself when you visit Ceviche…

 

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SARDINAS – Spanish sardines with tomato and sweet onion on crostini

 

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Mr. EatLocalOrlando ordered this one, not sure of the name. Basically Serano Jamon is my guess - Serano ham with cheese, fig on crostini

 

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PATATAS BRAVAS Fried potatoes tossed with spicy homemade aioli

 

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MOLLEJAS SALTEADAS Crispy sweetbreads in a potato basket, served with zucchini, yellow squash and a dry sherry sauce

 

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TABLA MIXTA Chorizo, Morcilla and Serrano ham with Mahon, Manchego and (below) Tetilla cheeses, sliced fruit and homemade pâte

This order had 2 plates of food. A really good one to share, the meats and cheeses are delicious.

 

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TABLA MIXTA (continued, served with above plate meats pictured ) Tetilla cheeses, sliced fruit and homemade pâte

 

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CEVICHE DE LA CASA Shrimp, scallops, squid and fish marinated in lemon lime juice, tossed with fresh tomatoes, onions, peppers and cilantro

 

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CEVICHE A LA RUSA Seasonal oysters in lemon lime juice, cilantro, onion and caviar, served with a chilled shot of Russian Standard vodka

This one was really unique to me. I ordered this one and basically just poured the vodka onto the oyster before i ate it. Some one else took the left over shot…

 

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SALMON CON BONITO Vodka cured salmon with the finest sushi-grade tuna

 

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CALAMARES RELLENOS Braised squid stuffed with veal and chorizo in piquant tomato sauce withManchego cheese

 

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RABO DE TORO Oxtail slowly braised in a rich red wine sauce, served with potatoes

 

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CANGREJOS DE LA CASA Baked jumbo lump and backfin blue crab cake, served with a saffron sherry sauce

 

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QUESO DE CABRA Baked goat cheese with tomato, fresh basil and extra virgin olive oil

 

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PUDIN DE LA PAN Bread pudding made with dried fruits and Spanish Brandy, served with ice cream.

This was one of the last dishes shared by everyone and it was da bomb! We were all full, but this bread pudding made us all want more. Fellow blogger @mismamari (right) liked the dessert.

 

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It was really all about sharing that evening and everyone was in the spirit to try each others dishes. Some items like the sweetbreads and some seafood dishes were not always given a shot, but I myself made sure to try each plate of Tapas. Ceviche Tapas Bar & Restaurant itself was a really good experience. The restaurant was completely busy and seems like a popular place to go to. About half the Foodspotting Eatup group had been here before, but some like myself it was for the first time. A good experience tasting all the food and being social with everyone.

Keep an eye out for the next Orlando Foodspotting Eatup event on Twitter or Facebook (links below). We are going to be discovering and spotting German cuisine and beer in celebration of Oktoberfest!

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Ceviche Tapas Bar & Restaurant
125 West Church Street
Orlando, FL
www.ceviche.com

 

Words and photos by Julius Mayo Jr.
Content and photos © Droolius.com 2011

 
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  • AFoodie

    Mmmm, looks so good … I agree, this is a spot everyone should experience at least once!

  • http://forkful.net Marilyn @ Forkful.net

    Great post! I had a lot of fun at the Foodspotting meetup. Your scrumptious food photos are making me hungry. :D

  • http://www.droolius.com Julius Droolius

    Thanks for coming out again Marilyn, always fun to share the experience :)

  • http://www.droolius.com Julius Droolius

    I had a good first experience, looking forward to going again

  • http://twitter.com/KatiesCucina Katie J.

    Looks like you guys had a great time. One of these month’s I will finally get to a foodspotting event!

  • http://www.droolius.com Julius Droolius

    Thanks Katie, yes I hope you can make it out to an event soon!

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