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Recent Reviews and Restaurant News

Written By Scott Joseph On October 10, 2019

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Guru

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When I called for nominations a couple of months ago for Best Indian in our Foodster Awards for Independent Restaurants, Guru, a Clermont restaurant, kept popping up as a write-in candidate.

I wasn’t familiar with the restaurant, so I headed west to check it out. And when I got there I was surprised to learn that I’ve known the owner for nearly 30 years.

His name is Uday Kadam, and I first reviewed his restaurant in May of 1990. That restaurant was Passage to India, on International Drive in Orlando, and it was very good. Kadam liked my review so much that he had it blown up and hung it in the front window where is stayed for years. In 2008, I revisited the restaurant and in my followup review I asked that the poster-sized, decades-old reprint be removed from the window. Not because it was yellowed and faded but because it was no longer valid. The quality of the experience – food, service, atmosphere – had deteriorated so much that it was no longer valid.

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Redlight Redlight and Sushi & Seoul on the Roll

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I had visited the original Redlight Redlight when it was on Bennett Road in the compact building that became the original home of the Smiling Bison and currently houses Blue Jacket Grille. (Redlight’s original location was in Winter Park’s Hannibal Square – before it was known as Hanibal Square – above what is now Mynt Indian restaurant. Thanks to the readers who reminded me.)

But for some reason I hadn’t visited the popular beer seller since it moved to its current location on Corrine Drive more than half a dozen years ago. Driving by with a friend on a recent Friday night, I decided it was time I stopped in.

The first thing that impressed me was the size of the place. It’s immense, so much more expansive that any of its surrounding neighbors, including Sushi Lola’s, P is for Pie and Junior’s Diner. Redlight squared occupies a former Carrier Air Conditioning sales and service facility, with double volume ceilings. Large velvet curtains in the back space give it a theatrical look, though you feel more like you’re backstage than out front.

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 Other Stuff

Next Supper Club a Harvest Dinner at Raglan Road

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Just one week to our next Supper Club, a Harvest Dinner at Raglan Road, Disney Springs. We’ll convene at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 17, for a cocktail reception followed by a multi-course meal of Irish inspired cuisine with pairings of ales, lagers and ciders.

This will be a good chance to meet Raglan Road’s new executive chef, Mark O’Neill, and to see (and taste) his vision for the popular restaurant’s menu. Click the Read More link to see the menu and get tickets.

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Bullet Point Buffet: Big 10 for Big Fin and Other News

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  • Big Fin Seafood Kitchen recently celebrated its 10th anniversary by signing another 10-year lease at Dellagio, the Restaurant Row dining and retail complex. Congratulations to one of our favorite seafooders.
  • Orange County Brewers has opened in Seminole County. You’ll recall the beermaker left its original location in downtown Orlando this summer for a larger facility in Lake Mary. You can find them at Park Lane Plaza on International Parkway.
  • Motorworks Brewing will open in Orange County Brewers’ former spot in downtown Orlando.
  • Ocean Brewing has closed after a three-year run on Curry Ford Road.

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Victoria & Albert’s Servers Now Dressing the Part

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Here’s something about 30 years overdue. The serving staff at the upscale Victoria & Albert’s restaurant at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa now wear uniforms worthy of the upscale venue.

 

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Proposed Bill Would Address the Elephant (and Snakes) in the Dining Room

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At first glance, it would appear that Orlando state representative Bruce Antone, D-Orlando, has proposed a law that is already on the books.

His proposed bill, HB243, would prohibit household pets from traveling through a restaurant to get to an outdoor dining area.

Except I thought that is already the law.

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Taste! Brings in Over $277K

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The 30th edition of Taste! Central Florida, which took place last month at the Orlando World Center Marriott, raised $277,154 for its two beneficiaries, Coalition for the Homeless of Central Florida and Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida. The monies were raised through ticket sales and silent auction bids. Because most services, including the facility, were dontated, all of the proceeds will stay in the area to support childhood feeding programs.

The annual event, which had previously been known as Taste of the Nation, was held Sept. 14 in a sprawling ballroom of the attractions-area hotel. The main focus of the event is the collection of restaurants and local chefs who cook and serve their signature dishes to the roving guests.

Here are some of the highlights:

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