I’ve been interning at Volunteers for Community Impact this summer, and July 1 marked the end of their fiscal year. To celebrate the end of the year, the company took all of the employees out to lunch at 310 Lakeside in Downtown Orlando. I’ve been to the Winter Park location and I really enjoy eating there, so I was delighted with the restaurant choice and the chance to try the other location.
The first difference I noticed in the two restaurants was the décor. The Orlando location is much nicer than the Winter Park one, although the Winter Park restaurant is still very nice. The menu looked the same, and was full of delicious looking salads, sandwiches and other American cuisine options. I was eyeing the roasted duck with a plum demi glace, but decided on the Mediterranean salad. I saw a waitress walk out with a salad order, and it was a huge portion. I ordered a half portion, and asked for it with grilled salmon on top to make it more of a meal.
My salad was mixed garden greens tossed in their signature balsamic vinaigrette with tomatoes, cucumbers and Kalamata olives. It was topped with quinoa, chickpeas and feta cheese, and garnished with carrots and onion. It contained a lot of my favorite flavors, so I was really looking forward to trying it. I was pleased to see I got a large piece of grilled salmon with it, which definitely helped to transform my salad from an appetizer into an entrée. The salmon was grilled to perfection, and I would have been happy if my meal was only salmon because it tasted so good.
The salad itself was good, but missing a little something. I pondered on it for a while, and think I came up with the reason. The salad was served with their homemade balsamic vinaigrette, which tasted nothing like the traditional dressing you think of. Their dressing had more of a creamy texture and taste to it, rather than the usual sour flavor of most balsamics. However, their dressing wasn’t creamy enough on its own to really bring out the flavors other creamy dressings have. More feta cheese in my salad would have taken it to the next level, and I noticed I had next-to-no feta in my salad. In hindsight, I should have asked for more because it would have elevated my meal. There also wasn’t as much quinoa or chickpeas in my dish as I expected, but they may have cut back because I added protein with the salmon. Regardless, my meal was still very enjoyable. I would order it again, and just ask for more feta if I were to get as little of it as I did this time.
For the large party that we were, the waitress did a pretty good job of accommodating everyone. I was really impressed by the décor in the Orlando location, although I still like the Winter Park location’s for a more casual dining experience. The food is a bit pricy, but not outrageous. However, I think their salads are overpriced, especially once you add protein into it. The food is always good though, and I’m always open to eating there.
301 E Pine St, Orlando, FL 32801
Mon-Sat 11:00am – 2:00am; Sun 10:00am – 2:00am