Recent Reviews and Restaurant News

Written By Scott Joseph On January 23, 2020

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Taglish plate

“Hi, welcome,” said the man behind the counter at Taglish. “I’m Mike, I’m the owner.”

That was the pleasant beginning to a visit that got even better as it went along. Well, as pleasant as food-court dining can be, but we’ll come back to that.

Taglish is a Filipino-American stall in the food court at Lotte Market in West Orlando. The name is a portmanteau of Tagalog, a language spoken in the Philippines, and English. I’m not sure how that translates to the menu, which seems to have more fusions of Filipino and Spanish. But then if you combined those two you’d still come up with Taglish, so we’re good.

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Todo Sushi

Todo exterior

I don’t think a whole lot more could go wrong with my meal at Todo Sushi than it did.

First I ordered the Sashimi Combo and got the Sushi and Sashimi Combo. Because I had ordered only sashimi, or so I thought, I also ordered a separate yellowtail nigirizushi by the piece.

Regardless of which item I had ordered, or the server thought I had ordered, it was to come with both salad and miso soup. Neither arrived.

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K Restaurant and Wine Bar is Closing

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K Restaurant and Wine Bar, the Italian trattoria made popular by local celebrity chef Kevin Fonzo, is closing. Its final day will be Saturday, Jan. 25.


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Urbain 40 is Closed

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Urbain 40, the French-tinged American bistro at the Dellagio Plaza on Restaurant Row, has closed. Its final service was Saturday evening.


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Menagerie/RusTeak Owners Plan New Restaurant in Former Dexter’s

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The owners of downtown Orlando’s Stubborn Mule and Menagerie Eatery & Bar, as well as RusTeak restaurants in Ocoee and College Park, are opening a new restaurant in the space vacated by Dexter’s of Windermere.

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Norman’s Relo Aims for Summer 2020 Opening

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Norman’s No-Longer-at-the- Ritz-Carlton, is aiming for a late summer opening in its new space at Dellagio Town Center, according to a spokeswoman for the upscale restaurant-


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Other Stuff

Bullet Point Buffet: The Frigid Edition

Edible TrioFrom top, Kendra Lott, Pam Brandon and Katie Farmand of Edible Orlando.

  • It’s cold. Are you trying to warm someone’s heart? Our friends at Edible Orlando are hosting an event called Dinner for Two – Cooking for Valentine’s Day on Feb. 12 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Center for Health and Wellbeing in Winter Park. Kendra Lott, Pam Brandon and Katie Farmand will demonstrate how to prepare three easy courses for you to make if you’d like to reach someone’s heart by way of the stomach (I think it’s supposed to sound more romantic than that). Cost is $30 and includes full tastings. (Maybe convince your love that Valentine’s Day falls on the 12th this year and call it dinner. Tickets here.
  • Tough Sell No. 1: Kelly’s Homemade Ice Cream has opened its third location in Oviedo next to the Town House Restaurant.
  • Tough Sell No. 2: Icebar, the International Drive attraction that features having people standing around a room where everything is frozen, has introduced a food menu to go with its cocktails (most served on ice, of course). Not sure what’s on the menu – chilled shrimp cocktail? Baked Alaska? Lemon Icebox Pie?

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