While I was home in Florida, I went out to eat with my parents at Blu On the Avenue. It’s a seafood and steak restaurant with a small sushi menu and it’s located on Park Avenue – a long street filled with shops and restaurants that people walk around and bring their dogs too – in Winter Park. I’ve been there a handful of times, so I was excited to go back because I’ve never been disappointed by the food.
To start off with, we ordered the wrapped scallops, which were jumbo sea scallops wrapped in prosciutto di parma, grilled and served with kale chips and spiced apple chutney. I’ve never been crazy about scallops, but these were absolutely delicious. I typically don’t care for scallops because I think they’re bland tasting, but the prosciutto added a wonderful flavor. My only complaint was the spiced apple chutney didn’t seem to fit. It sounds like it would work much better than it actually does. My mom also noted that the kale chips should have been served under the scallops, so when you would eat your scallops you would pick up some kale with it to add a nice crunch. The kale chips were delicious though, but I think my mom had an excellent point.
For my main dish I ordered the yellowfin tuna. It was sesame crusted tuna, pan roasted and served with sticky rice, roasted vegetables, and topped with sweet Thai yogurt sauce. The fish was cooked perfectly, although I was hoping it would be a bit warmer because we were sitting outside so I wanted a hot meal. I thought the sesame crust added some nice texture to the fish, and I really enjoyed the sweet Thai yogurt sauce on top as a way to add some more flavor.
My parents both ordered the black grouper sandwich, which is grilled black grouper, lettuce, sweet and spicy piccalilli, and served on a toasted kaiser roll. My mom got a kale Greek salad with hers, and my dad got french fries. I can see why my parents both wanted it because it was delicious. The sweet and spicy piccalilli added the perfect level of spice to the sandwich. My dad picked at his fries because he doesn’t care for steak fries – he thinks they don’t ever get cooked enough in the middle. I had a bite of my mom’s kale Greek salad and somehow, the chef has managed to not make the kale taste bitter. Kale always has a bitter taste and when I add it to my salad, I have a hard time masking it sometimes. How the chef did the dressing was perfect because you could eat a bite of kale by itself and not get that bitter bite to it. I was impressed to say the least.
My family overall really enjoyed the meal. As always, the service was great. I was impressed yet again when the server came out after our appetizer but before our entree to give us clean utensils – that is very rarely done and I was so happy to go to a restaurant where they give fresh utensils between courses. Our waiter was very friendly, and even put up with my dad giving him an extensive talk on yellowfin tuna and back when he used to fish. I sat outside but I could see that the inside had a clean and fresh modern decor to it, which I liked. It is a pricey restaurant, but the food is delicious and the service is great, so it is worth the money without a doubt. I hope to go back next time I’m home.
Blu On the Avenue
326 S Park Ave, Winter Park, FL 32789
Mon-Sat 11am-2am; Sun 10am-12 midnight