Margaritaville Resort Orlando - Now Open!

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Re: Margaritaville Resort Orlando - Now Open!

Postby Nrthwnd » Fri Feb 07, 2020 6:57 pm

Gloria Estefan is a true survivor and musical legend. She has always been a top fave artist of mine (CONGA!). And I would love to check out that restaurant of her's and her husband's. Looks great.

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Re: Margaritaville Resort Orlando - Now Open!

Postby jedimaster1227 » Fri Feb 21, 2020 10:38 pm

On Thursday TPR was invited to visit Estefan Kitchen, one of the newest restaurants at Sunset Walk by the Margaritaville Resort Orlando. This new Cuban restaurant brings over some of the classic feel from the former Bongos Cuban Cafe at Disney Springs (owned by the same company) while infusing this new space with a vibrant, modern and entertaining flair that sets it apart from its predecessor.

The food at Estefan Kitchen leverages some of the classic ingredients and cooking styles in Cuban cuisine, but the chefs here manage to make these recipes their own with unique presentations, clever flavor combinations and a small (but mighty) selection of vegan and vegetarian dishes that rival their meaty counterparts. Fresh mojitos prepared table-side and wines from the Estefan Kitchen label are amongst the drink options you can enjoy during your visit... All of which are well worth your time.

Entertainment is definitely a focus within the venue, with a live trio (pianist/singer, drummer and keyboardist) performing wonderful covers of current and classic tunes with pitch-perfect ease. Estefan Kitchen employs dancers whose talents can be seen throughout the evening with a variety of dances offered in an ongoing loop throughout the evening. And given that this is Gloria Estefan's restaurant, it should come as no surprise that the "Conga" is celebrated in the restaurant with a conga line around the restaurant and the twirling of napkins.

Estefan Kitchen feels like the natural evolution of what was Bongos Cuban Cafe. While a smaller venue, the menu has several items that simply pop when you taste them. The atmosphere is lively but laid back, slightly more formal, but a party atmosphere at times. It has to be experienced to fully understand...

But based on everything I experienced this week, I would definitely come back to enjoy a few more of favorites.
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Tonight we’re at Sunset Walk to experience the new @EstefanKitchenO
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If you look closely at the Estefan Kitchen crest, you'll notice the bongo player from the former Bongos Cuban Cafe at Disney Springs.
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The restaurant interior looks great!
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The style is slightly different in each direction.
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A look towards the main stage.
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Estefan Kitchen also features an indoor/outdoor bar.
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Freshly shaken mojitos prepared table-side are a speciality at Estefan Kitchen!
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Delicious and refreshing!
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There are Estefan Kitchen wines available to enjoy when visiting Estefan Kitchen!
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The Vegan Dumplings here are great!
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The Traditional Ceviche Estefan Kitchen is a must-try for seafood lovers!
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You had us at burrata.
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The Lechon Flatbread features roasted pork, mozzarella cheese, sweet plantains, honey and truffle oil! The flavor combination is incredible!
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An evening at Estefan Kitchen is about more than just great food and drinks! There is plenty of entertainment to experience inside!
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Some more talented entertainment!
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You'd never guess that this Ropa Vieja is meatless and swaps beef for Jackfruit!
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The seafood paella is a fantastic option to enjoy Estefan Kitchen!
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Time for some fun with the entertainment staff!
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It wouldn’t be a night Estefan Kitchen without a little Conga!
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The Conga ends in a really fun way!
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Lamb, prime rib and chicken wings are among the many delicious options to choose from Estefan Kitchen!
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More performances on the main stage...
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Birthdays are kind of a big deal here.
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Flan lovers rejoice, this is perfect.
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Desserts are the real deal here!
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The plate was empty shortly after it arrived. Thankfully we weren't the only ones here!
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Plenty of souvenirs to buy before you leave...
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The restaurant's signature piece showing Gloria Estefan.
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We had a great night experiencing Estefan Kitchen at SunsetWalk! Awesome food, drinks and entertainment make this restaurant well worth your visit!
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Re: Margaritaville Resort Orlando - Now Open!

Postby SoCalJasonland » Sat Feb 22, 2020 2:08 pm

I need to go to there for a freshly shaken Mojito!
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