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Fine Dining at Chatham's Place, Orlando
If you want to try something a little different from the usual chains serving indifferent food Chatham’s Place is well worth the effort of discovering. It is located in a hard-to-find spot just off the acclaimed Restaurant Row at Dr Phillips, Orlando. So make sure you have directions that you can easily follow or you will be driving round and round without success – particularly in the dark!
If you are celebrating a special occasion such as a wedding anniversary or birthday it is worth treating yourself to the Chatham’s Place experience. While we enjoyed our meal there was a large family party celebrating a birthday, with a cake coming out for the lucky young lady.
Chatham’s Place is owned by Chef Tony Lopez and Maitre d’ Maurice Colindres, rather than a chain, and it shows - it is a dining experience that is hard to beat, as we had the pleasure of enjoying the most delicious meal we have ever had in Orlando, or even the US!
Chef Tony has an organic farm where he grows many of the vegetables, herbs and fruits that you will eat. We had a warm welcome from the Maitre d’ who lead us to a table into the cosy and atmospheric dining room, where you can see the chefs preparing and cooking the food, and even enjoying a glass of wine.
Every delicious mouthful of food melted in the mouth, all perfectly seasoned, and as well as the courses we ordered, an amuse-bouche of the tastiest pasta with a Bolognese ragout (believe me until you have tasted this you haven’t tasted a proper rustic Bolognese sauce) and an intermezzo of vanilla lemon sorbet. We had ordered shrimp ala ajillo (enormous tasty prawns in a delicate, light sauce) and Ravioli Combo, Fillet Mignon and Rack of Lamb, and shared a Crème Brulee for dessert. As well as the food being expertly cooked, the flavours are intense and yet melting in your mouth, and the aroma from the food – all your olfactory senses will be wowed by this! Presentation is tip-tip and every mouthful was absolutely delicious.
The service is friendly but discreet and attentive, the dining room is traditional Continental and the lighting is low, with cushioned chairs all adding to the ambience. It is open Monday – Saturday 5. 30pm – 10. 00pm. It is advisable to book as this is not a large restaurant.
The dress code, as you would expect from a restaurant of this quality, is smart. Chatham’s Place is top end pricewise, but well worth every penny for a special treat.
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