5 to Try: Trendy Tastes

Orlando foodies are seeking out the latest exotic and savory global fare in their own backyard. From Peruvian delights to delectable miniature desserts, the choices are endless. Find out which restaurants (including The Black Olive, left) are serving the best bites while enticing palatable pleasures.

Updated: September 17, 2009

Chic Cuisine


Los Portales Restaurant

1436 N Semoran Blvd, Casselberry, FL 32707

Diners experience Colombian and Peruvian dishes at this restaurant in Casselberry. The menu features the aphrodisiac known appetizer Ceviche (fresh fish and shrimp piled high with a dash of lemon juice) and the entree Jalea (grilled steak served with rice, beans, a fried egg and plantains).


Jade Bistro

2425 Edgewater Dr, Orlando, FL 32804

Try Pan Asian delicacies at this College Park bistro. The restaurant combines Chinese, Thai and Japanese cooking methods into a fusion style. Dishes include honey-glazed duck, Thaifoon Mango Chicken and Moo Shu Pork.


The Cheese Shop On Park

329 Park Avenue North, Winter Park, FL 32789

Sip a glass of vino while sampling a charcuterie platter at this artisan and gourmet cheese store and eatery in Downtown Winter Park. The charcuterie or pates include duck liver mousse with port wine, chicken liver mousse with mushrooms and sherry and smoked salmon mousse.


The Black Olive

22 E Pine St, Orlando, FL 32801

Savor Mediterranean-inspired Italian cuisine at this upscale restaurant in Downtown Orlando. Dishes are created with olive oil, sea salts and Mediterranean ingredients. Scrumptious flavors include grilled octopus, The Black Olive Cioppino, Rigatoni Con Brodo and pistachio-crusted lamb chops.


Samba Room

7468 W Sand Lake Rd, Orlando, FL 32819

Find delectable mini desserts at this Dr. Phillip's neighborhood and Sand Lake Road Restaurant Row Latin restaurant. Offerings include sweet carrot cake, banana brulee, chocolate mousse and Key Lime pie.