Last night was J and my last hurrah before he starts year two of Law School. During the school year, he is so busy with school, that we are not able to spend much time together and rarely will get to go out to eat.
So we decided on The Ravenous Pig in Winter Park.
We have attempted eating here before but have never been able to get a reservation but we went by early, prepared to sit in the bar area, and they had a cancellation.
As a beer lover, I was excited to see the beer menu. It is filled with micro-brews which you do not get as often in Florida as I was used to living in Connecticut. I went with the Brooklyn Brewery Lager which was very good.
To start, we ordered the Gruyere Biscuits with smoked sea salt butter. The reviews on Yelp praised these, so I had to try them.
They were flaky, buttery perfection. I love to make homemade biscuits and can tell when a restaurant takes the time to actually cut the butter into them. These were not short-cut biscuits.
For a starter, J and I split the House-Made Charcuterie and Artisan Cheese. It contained: Duck Pastrami, Brown Sugar Fennel, Toscano, Coppa, Chicken Liver Mouse, Pork Smokies, Country Terrine, Bresaola, Lardo Toast, Pleasant Ridge Reserve Cow’s Milk Cheese, and Le Chevrot Goat Milk’s Chees.
It was delicious. The standouts were the two cheeses (the cows milk had a sugary rind that J and I love and the goat milk was firm but creamy) and the duck pastrami which would be amazing on a sandwich. The portions were very generous and could easily be split between a much larger party than ours.
For a salad, we split the Famer which contained hammock hollow bitter greens, house smoked bacon, parmesan, lake meadow soft-boiled egg with a caesar vinaigrette. It was delicious and the portion definitely sized for sharing.
For my entrée, I had the Grilled Florida Wahoo with tomato soffrito, chickpea panisse, and red pepper chutney. I had never had Wahoo before and would say it is a slightly meaty but flaky white fish. The red pepper chutney really stood out here and made the dish.
J had the Lobster and Short Rib with potato puree and fennel-apricot agrodolce. J appreciated that the short rib was removed from the bone. He loved it and would definitely eat it again.
At this point we were much too full for dessert but did take some home for later.
The Ravenous Pig is my new favorite restaurant in Orlando. It is interesting, the service was excellent, and the food was outstanding.
J also gives it a thumbs up.