Orlando is in full blown Food and Wine mode. The Epcot International Food & Wine Festival is in full swing and the Bonnet Creek Resort inside the gates of Walt Disney World is midway through their specialty Food & Wine Weekends which only gives you ten more nights to experience all of the distinct offerings there!
I stayed two nights at the Waldorf Astoria Orlando Resort during the opening weekend of Food & Wine Weekends and one of those evenings was spent dining at the sushi bar inside Zeta Bar & Sushi Lounge.
Lets talk for a minute about how affordable this pairing menu is. $35 for a bento box with five offerings and pairing flights of three different sakes for $7 or three craft beer offerings for $9. My girlfriend and I turned our experience at Zeta into “fourth meal” which is easy to do since the bar is open until 10 p.m.
The Art of Sushi Pairing
I decided that I wanted to go with the Sake pairing. I knew nothing of sake and was presented with three distinct pours.
Bright, dry and crisp Silver offers a clean sake with delicate flavors of apple, pear and melon combined with rich minerals and Oregon water notes.
SHO CHIKU BAI NIGORI
Lightly filtered, bold and sweet. Rich and robust flavor with distinctive rice savor.
Intense and exotic lychee fruit fills the palate and provides a lingering lychee finish. Its low alcohol makes it a fine aperitif.
My dining companion opted to try the craft beer flight.
TWO HENRYS SEVEN MILE BRIDGE IPA
Six different hops are combined to give this IPA a robust herbal and citric hop flavor. Medium body with a reddish amber color.
An American wheat beer pours a cloudy golden color with a dense frothy head. Because it is unfiltered the yeast accounts for the cloudiness of the pour as well as a faint but clear citrus-like character.
With lush use of aroma hops, Sapporo Premium has an amazingly crisp taste, refreshing flavor and refined bitterness to leave a clean finish.
Bento Box Offerings
The specialty bento box available during Food & Wine Weekends is comprised of four set offerings and your choice of two specialty sushi rolls. The miso glazed sea bass and pork dumplings left me wanting more. I finished every component on my plate.
The sushi chef was willing to work around both of our food sensitivities to come up with a combination we could each enjoy.
Seaweed | Sesame Seed | Cucumber | Traditional Hiyashi Wakame Dressing
Sesame Crusted Seared Tuna Sashimi | Matsu Dressing | Creme de Avocado | Chili Oil
CHILEAN SEA BASS
Miso Terriyaki Marinated Sea Bass | Scallion | Sesame Seeds
~ OPTION OF 4 PIECES ~
Crab Salad | Tempura Crunch | Red Snapper | Lime | Shiso Pesto | Micro Cilantro | Tobika
~ OR ~
Avocado | Spicy Tuna | Salmon | Cucumber
Not on the Art of Sushi Pairing Menu but if you’re offered the chance to try mochi for dessert and you’ve never had it before. Go for it!
This special menu is served inside Zeta Bar & Sushi Lounge on Fridays and Saturdays now through November 15th. The restaurant is open from 5-10 p.m. If you’re not staying at the Hilton Bonnet Creek, be sure and ask to have your parking validated upon completion of your meal.
ZETA Bar & Sushi Lounge
at the Hilton Bonnet Creek
14100 Bonnet Creek Resort Ln.
Orlando, FL 32821
Serving sushi from 5pm – 10pm
I was a guest of Zeta Bar & Sushi Lounge for the purpose of this review. I was not compensated to write this article and all opinions are my own.