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Peter's Kitchen China Bistro

3922 E Colonial Dr.
Orlando, FL 32803
(407) 895-8174
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In late December, Peter’s Kitchen China Bistro opened almost overnight in a location that has seen many tenants over its lifetime that have fared very poorly. 

So far, Peter’s is generating quite a buzz in the local community, and it looks like maybe this time Peter and his staff can overcome the doom this location has had.

Living in Orlando since 2001, I clearly remember this location that started life out as a Fazoli's Italian, California Burrito Company, Casa Barcelona, and the most recent Peruvian Gaviota Brasas that seemed to open and close within the same week.

Peter’s Kitchen serves authentic Hong Kong style cuisine such as dim sum, Chinese barbecue and live seafood and a variety of noodle and rice dishes synonymous with Cantonese cuisine.

Hong Kong cuisine is mainly influenced by Cantonese cuisine, British Cuisine and other Western Cuisines. From the roadside stalls to the most upscale restaurants, Hong Kong provides an unlimited variety of food in every class. Complex combinations and international expertise have given Hong Kong the reputable labels of "Gourmet Paradise" and "World's Fair of Food".

While there is certainly no shortage of Chinese food in Central Florida, from your average takeout spot, to various restaurants, Peter’s does have a focused menu dedicated to a more authentic Cantonese style. Peter, by the way, use to own the Colonial Drive Tasty Wok.

They serve every type of meat you could imagine here…Pork, Beef, Chicken, Duck, and even Lobster and a great variety of fish entrees as well. 

Peter’s has your traditional food one expects to find at a Chinese take out like Kung Pao Chicken, Mongolian Beef, Sweet and Sour Chicken and the like, but they have items like Butter Lobster, Crispy Pork Intestines, Roast Duck on rice, Japanese Style Octopus and also do a complete dim sum service.

This place has created a lot of buzz, so we had to go and check them out. Coincidentally, It’s right up the street from where I live, so we have been twice so far, and each time have been pretty impressed with the quality of the food and the service. 

We started off with these deliciously crispy Vegetable Egg Rolls.

Our next appetizer was the Pan Fried Dumpling. Most dumplings are bite size, but these were two bite dumplings. The flavor was different than what I’m accustomed to, but they were very savory and delicious nonetheless. 

The House Special Fried Rice was really good. Perhaps some of the best fried rice I have had. This can be ordered and shared at your table, as most dishes at Peter’s can. 

Beef Chow Fun is a dish I highly recommend at Peter’s. This is traditional Cantonese as it gets, made from stir frying beef with hor fun and bean sprouts. Hor fun noodles are very thin and delicate made from a wide flat rice noodle. The dish has to be stir fried at a high temperature and the beef has to be marinated very well and cooked with a char on it. Peter’s Kitchen knocked this one out of the park.

They also serve a Beef Chow Fun “With Sauce” here also. It's the same as the above dish, but it is literally resting in a pool of that famous Chinese brown gravy sauce, or stir fry sauce. I liked both the same, but if you are a fan of stir fry sauce, this is a good addition to the Beef Chow Fun.

The Honey Garlic Chicken was very tasty. This is lightly battered chicken served up in a not too sweet sauce with just the right amount of garlic.

Szechuan Beef was really good also, but I thought it could use a bit more spice. This had plenty of beef and mixed vegetables in that classic brown gravy stir fry sauce, but when I think of Szechuan, I think of heat on my food, and this dish lacked any real heat.

The Orange Chicken kind of became famous overnight at Peter’s, and it’s easy to see why once you taste it. This has a nice and crispy batter with the perfect amount of flavor and sweetness with a touch of that citrusy orange zing. As I said with the fried rice at Peter’s, most dishes, including this orange chicken are served family style with enough to share. You can totally go here and order five or six plates and everyone can sample items to get a feel for what they like.

Mongolian Beef is a staple food item at just about any Chinese takeout or restaurant you may visit, but what sets the food at Peter’s apart from the basic, is quality and flavor. The beef was very tender and filled with flavor served with green onions in a great Hoisin sauce with chili peppers.

We really like Peter’s Kitchen and hope it does well. It's right up the street from my house, and it has already become our go-to spot for Chinese food. Perhaps on another visit we’ll try some more daring menu items like the Pan Fried Oysters or the Peking Duck or the Cantonese Style Grey Sole.

Peter’s Kitchen is open daily from 11:00 am until 9:30 pm. They serve Dim Sum everyday until 3:00 pm, and they also deliver. Currently they are awaiting the license to serve beer and wine.

Lunch Specials are available Monday to Friday from 11:00 am until 3:00 pm.

Peter's Kitchen China Bistro Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato
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Bento Cafe UCF

12250 Strategy Blvd #443
Orlando, FL 32817
(407) 658-8088

I have always been a fan of Bento Cafe, especially the Downtown Orlando location.

Bento primarily serves up what is best described as Pan-Asian cuisine, with a wide array of different foods from all over Asia. The downtown location is great if you happen to work or live near there, as it has become a staple in that area for quick and fresh Asian cuisine at a reasonable price. I however live on the east side of Orlando, and unless I ask my wife to bring me something home, it’s a bit out of the way. That is why I am very happy to share with you my most recent review of the all new Bento Cafe UCF. Yes you heard right...Bento has a brand new location in the Plaza at University, and the food is just as awesome as it is at any other location.

The Bento Cafe brand, If you are not familiar with them, is a small chain of seven restaurants with more on the way, that offers a creative mixture of Asian inspired dishes from wok stir-fry to fire-grilled items to sushi using the finest Asian spices and the freshest ingredients all at great prices.

The concept at Bento is to bring unique and authentic Asian food in a fast and efficient manner. Everything on the menu is cooked to order and prepared in minutes and served up in an atmosphere that is fun, friendly and stylish. The word “Bento” means boxed-meal in Japanese, and they have a wide selection of traditional boxed meals, but the menu includes a wide variety of sushi rolls, sashimi, nigiri and chirashi bowls as well as soups, udon noodles, rice bowls and noodle bowls. They also offer Boba Tea, a popular Asian beverage that is consisted of milk tea and chewy tapioca pearls.

Every store is designed differently which makes visiting each Bento Cafe an experience. Each store will be either dominated by the warm red dragon colors or the cool blue dragon colors. Each Bento has a sushi station, but the UCF location has seats at the sushi bar, so you can watch the chefs prepare your rolls live and in person.

Speaking of sushi, the Jade roll with marinated spicy tuna, eel, avocado, krab delite, masago, scallions and eel sauce tasted just as good as it looked.

For my entree, I chose the the Sesame Wok Stir Fry bowl. This dish comes with your choice of chicken, beef, shrimp or tofu and red bell peppers, snow peas, onions, baby corn in a sesame soy sauce. I really enjoyed the flavors, and the portion was more than I could eat.

Now, I really did enjoy my entree selection, but it would be dishonest of me not to tell you that I was really jealous of my wife’s Bento Box. She opted for the Sriracha Garlic Chicken in a bento box. You can get chicken, shrimp or tofu grilled or fried with red bell peppers and onions with a sweet and spicy Sriracha sauce for dipping. Bento boxes come with your choice of steamed rice or lo mein, ginger salad, and string beans and a dessert. Not only was this delicious and lots of food, it only costs $8.95, and that's a bargain.

The UCF Bento Cafe is the third one to open in the Orlando area, and I can now say I have been to all three, and all three locations have been very consistent in quality and service. Sometimes chains can vary in quality and the overall experience you may have there, and I am impressed with the consistency of Bento Cafe.

If you are looking for some really good Asian food with variety and great flavors in a fast casual environment, check out Bento if you have not done so already. Whats even better is the fact that you can dine there without putting a hurt on your wallet and without sacrificing quality over price.

Bento Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato
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