I’m sure that I’ve walked past the doors to Zeta Bar at the Hilton Bonnet Creek at Walt Disney World literally hundreds of time. Peeking into the restaurant’s floor to ceiling glass windows on my way to a dinner reservation at the attached Waldorf Astoria’s Bull and Bear. When I first visited Bonnet Creek, Zeta bar was an actual bar, well…it was a nightclub. I must say that as a foodie, I much rather enjoy the newest iteration of this space.
Why have I never taken Zeta sushi for a test drive? Loyalty I guess. You see, I usually only spend two nights at a time at the Bonnet Creek resort and those nights are reserved exclusively for La Luce and Bull & Bear. I have my favorites at both restaurants and experience FOMO (fear of missing out) when I even consider trying a new location.
When I got an invite to come out and finally experience Zeta Bar I didn’t think twice.
The inside of Zeta has a hip, modern feel to it. Guests can sit at the large bar in the center of the restaurant or at the smaller sushi bar where Chef Daniel Ling can be found showing off his knife skills. Ling honed his skills at Nine Dragons Restaurant in Epcot and then later Kimono’s inside the Walt Disney World Swan. Diners also have the option of joining friends on lounge chairs or table seating. As our meal progressed the main bar filled up with patrons watching large flat screen televisions showing a hockey finals game. The atmosphere inside the restaurant is super fun. But let’s talk about the food shall we?
Zeta has a list of “Signature Libations” ($14) and I was tempted to order the Ruby Red which was a mix of Finlandia Grapefruit Vodka, Muddled Pink Grapefruit, Lime Juice, Cane Syrup and Soda Water. As I type this out on my computer keyboard I am craving one right now. I guess I will have to return. I settled on a nice glass of St. Supery Sauvignon Blanc.
Zeta’s menu is broken down into Soup & Salad, Small Plates, Noodles & Large Plates, Signature Rolls and Nigiri & Sashimi.
By far my favorite bite of the night. This small plate was the first dish presented and set the bar pretty high. I loved how the buttery tuna played with the crisp seaweed chip. The chip itself tasted much like a wasabi pea with its crisp coating.
FIRE CRACKER $16
Yellowtail Sashimi / Jalapeno / Tobiko / Yuzu Dressing / Tamar Soy / Truffle Oil
Remind you of a volcano? When food is art you are served the fire cracker. Delicate yellowtail slices cover a mountain of julienned red and golden beets highlighted with a briny sauce and a tiny kick of fresh jalapeno.
Other appetizer sized offerings include edamame, miso soup, steamed pork dumplings and classic Japanese seaweed salad.
BONSAI ROLL $18
Spicy Ahi Tuna / Cucumber / BBQ Eel / Avocado / Tempura Crunch
My “go to” at any sushi restaurant is eel. Dancing eel, eel roll, anything with eel sauce…just give it to me. This one came with a side of “lemon bull”. I loved how the tempura crunch played texturally in this dish.
PHILLY ROLL $11
Smoked Salmon / Cream Cheese / Green Onion / Cucumber / Sesame Seeds
At eight pieces I felt this was an excellent value and oh so tasty. When we sat we told chef to surprise us and he wowed us with every dish. He happily worked around my shellfish sensitivity and likened it to being vegetarian in a steakhouse which made me chuckle. It’s so true.
DRAGON ROLL $16
Giant Crispy Prawn / Cream Cheese / Tuna / Avocado / Shrimp / Umami / QP Mayo
And speaking of shellfish, I couldn’t partake of this masterpiece but I wasn’t going to miss the opportunity to photograph it. If you’re not into sushi you can order noodles, curry, tempura and pork ribs. Beyond cocktails and select wines by the glass, Zeta also has a nice offering of domestic and craft beers.
If you’re not staying at the Hilton Bonnet Creek, be sure and ask to have your parking validated.
at the Hilton Bonnet Creek
14100 Bonnet Creek Resort Ln.
Orlando, FL 32821
Serving sushi from 5pm – 10pm