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Urbain 40 American Brasserie and Lounge

This amazing restaurant is located on Sand Lake Road. Visitors looking for great dining in Orlando will find high style meshed with a diverse menu at Urbain 40, you also have live music which enhances a rich atmosphere nightly, and the food - continental offerings crafted from largely local, seasonal ingredients.

Entrees range from upmarket to rustic and a carefully curated wine list matches menu selections while craft cocktails infused with fresh produce and herbs pair delightfully with the music if you' re only stopping in for a quick drink and perhaps a spin around a colourful charcuterie board rife with cured meats, creamy cheeses, pork terrine and a variety of crisp palate cleansers, sweet and vinegary.

The top chef behind all the exciting dishes is French stalwart Jean-Stephane Poinard who is a 5th generation chef from Lyon.

For my starter I had a Billi-Bi Soup which can only be described as a southern style soup that tastes like a saffron cream broth, it was delicious. Next I tried the House-made pappardelle. This is paired with slow-roasted beef and pork in the Bolognese, the tender meat disintegrates on the palate while wide ribbons of hearty pasta counter with a lovely, firm chew.

I spoke with the owner of the restaurant and this is what he told me. We' re very familiar with this area and we realized it was missing a homey and familiar neighborhood restaurant, ' says owner-operator Jaafar Choufani of the venue' s parent company, Boulevard Restaurants. Urbain40' s concept is that of an American brasserie. ' It' s become something of an en vogue term, he says much like the gastro pubs of a few years back but we thought we could mesh that together with old Florida and European continental sensibilities and make something special. The idea is that Urbain 40 is not a place for anniversaries, ' says Poinard. You don' t have to wait for a special occasion to come here he told me, You only have to be in the mood to have a good time in a good place with good food and good friends.

This was all washed down with a sauvignon blanc, we were also entertained on the stage with musicians paying homage to the likes of Sinatra, Piaf, Gershwin and more.

This was truly a wonderful evening meal and the entertainment was second to none, you can eve have a dance to sinatra if you like. I would thoroughly recommend this restaurant to all my friends and guests.

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