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Thai Villa


7355 Aloma Ave
Winter Park, Florida
(407) 677-8957
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Thai Villa is in a very unassuming location, tucked away in a little area on Aloma Avenue that shares space with a dance studio and a tattoo parlor, but the food here is anything but unassuming.

Family owned and operated for years, the people here take pride in the food they serve, and they double up on that with friendly and exceptional service.

This little Thai place has delicious food at reasonable prices for lunch and dinner, and one can ramp up the heat to "Thai Hot", but taste buds beware....that level gets pretty hot. If you are uncertain about heat levels of Tahi Food, your best bet is just to add heat with the spice tray, and control the burn.

From Traditional appetizers, to Pad Thai Dishes, Duck, Curries, Seafood dishes, Salads, and of course Mango Sticky Rice, Thai Villa has exactly what you are looking for.

We started off with Chicken Rolls with Plum Sauce, but I requested the Peanut Sauce instead, and they were delicious.

Sure, pan fried dumplings, or steamed dumplings are great, but have you ever had Deep Fried Dumplings? Simply amazing, and the first I've ever had them deep fried.

The Double Delight was excellent with Chili Jam Sauce, Cashews, Onions and Peppers, Snow Peas and Celery. I chose beef as my protein.This is a dish more on the hotter scale, but was not too hot. This is served with a side of white rice.

Smoky and the Bandit at Thai Villa with Shrimp, Clear Noodles, Cabbage, Baby Corn, Bell Pepper and Celery in a smoked pepper and soy sauce was simply fantastic.

No stop at a really good Thai Restaurant is complete without checking out the quality of their Mango Sticky Rice, and the version served up at Thai Villa is Amazing. Its especially amazing when looking for a great dessert and something to cool your tongue after eating hot Thai Food.

Thai Villa is open Monday to Friday from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm, then reopens for Dinner from 5:00 pm to 9:30 pm. They are closed on Wednesday. Friday and Saturday, they are open till 10:00 pm. Sunday they are open from 12:00 pm to 3:00 pm and reopen at 5:00 pm and close at 9:00 pm.

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Tabla


5827 Caravan Ct.
Orlando, FL 32819
407-248-9400
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A Tabla is a pair of small drums that have been fundamental to Hindustani music of northern India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh since the 18th century. Much like the musical sounds and instruments used in traditional Indian music, the foods found in those regions have become fundamental in shaping cuisine all over the world. 

Tabla the restaurant is a place where visual creations for the palate will entice the eyes and enliven your senses.


The menu features a symphony of Indian, Chinese and Thai flavors and spices with classic dishes and new twists on old favorites. That's what makes tabla so unique. You can find Thai green curry and basil fried rice for a taste of Thailand, or fresh from the tandoor kababs, chicken tikka, and garlic naan for a taste of India and classics like general tso’s chicken with a side of crab rangoon for your Chinese food cravings. For something really tasty, the Indo-Chinese fusion dishes like the cauliflower Manchurian and lemon coriander soup are pretty exciting as well, as are the artistic versions of classics like mango tiramisu and gulab jamun brulee.

Tabla’s chef, Ian Piamonte is a culinary artist known for his original and inventive food presentations, which he attributes to his traditional training and inspiration from his Asian heritage. He joined the Tabla Culinary team after serving as the Banquet Chef at The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island.


The Guava Drink on the left is a cocktail that is not only good for your digestive system, but also compliments dishes that are hot and sour. The Mango Lassi pictured right is a popular and traditional yogurt based drink that is thick like a milkshake and quite flavorful.

The Papadum at Tabla is thin lentil wafers roasted in a tandoor oven served with a spicy sauce and a sweet sauce. Unique to Tabla, instead of being traditional thin round crisps. they roll the papadum up like an ice cream cone.

Gobi Manchurian is crispy cauliflower fritters fried up in a sweet, spicy and tangy sauce. Gobi cooked various ways is a traditional Indian food, but Gobi Manchurian is Indo-Chinese, and these tasted incredibly good.

Honey Chicken with dried chili is a classic Chinese dish made with honey glazed chicken tossed with chili and spring onions. This was pretty tasty as well, and I had to stop myself from eating the whole thing.

Although Crab Rangoon may seem basic, you can rest assured that Tabla’s crispy wontons with crab meat and cream cheese are far from your standard Chinese take out.

The Mixed Kabab platter features a variety of Seekh Kabab, Chicken Tikka, Hara Murgh and Malai Methi Kababs. These kabobs were loaded with flavor and lots of heat, but it was the kind of heat that makes you come back for more.

Lemon and Coriander Broth was full of fragrant lemongrass, piquant chillies, and sliced mushrooms.

Naan is a staple of Indian cuisine and can be found at almost every Indian restaurant you visit. The naan at Tabla is served with Garlic Cilantro, Green Chili, Chili Cheese, Cream Cheese and Mint spreads, but naan is also great to dip in a variety of things...like Tikka Masala with spiced tomato and coriander sauce with bell peppers and onion.

Pictured above is a collection of Indian, Chinese and Thai dishes that are great over rice, for dipping, with meats, or by themselves. Top left: General Tso’s Chicken, Top right: Green Curry, Center: Palak, Bottom right: Tikka Masala, Bottom left: Dal Makahani.

Indian dessert is certainly different if you are not accustomed to it, but don't let that keep you away. Cassata is a layered ice cream that is similar to Neapolitan ice cream, with three flavors.. usually pistachio, vanilla and strawberry on a base of sponge cake and topped with chopped nuts. This was a very light and refreshing dessert.

Gulab Jamun is a milk solids based dessert made from milk solids from freshly curdled milk. In India, milk solids are prepared by heating milk over a low flame for a long time until most of the water content has evaporated. The milk solids, known as khoya, are kneaded into a dough with a pinch of flour, and then shaped into small balls and deep fried at a low temperature. Afterwards they are soaked in a light sugary syrup flavored with green cardamom and rose water. Tabla’s version is a Gulab Jamun Brulee. As weird as this sounds, it was quite tasty.

Tabla has done an awesome job of taking traditional recipes and enhancing them with a modern approach and bringing the taste of Indian, Thai, and Chinese together all in one place. I have always enjoyed the unique sounds of the Tabla, the musical instrument, and I know I am going to be enjoying Tabla the restaurant just as much.

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Noodles & Company

3683 E Colonial Drive
Orlando, FL 32803
(407) 228-9870


As the number of fast-casual restaurants continues to skyrocket around the United States and even globally, you can continue to expect more fast casual chains and even independent fast casual eateries to make their way to Orlando. Noodles & Company already has five locations in Central Florida and is continuing to expand.

The concept at Noodles & Co. is to offer the world’s favorite noodle dishes, sandwiches, salads and soups, all in one restaurant. Each dish is hand made to your specifications, using only the freshest ingredients. All entrees are individually sauteed or prepared, placed on signature stoneware and served tableside with stainless steel flatware. All of this can be had for around $8 a dish, and there’s never any tipping at Noodles.

The food, or Noodles served up here are inspired by the individuality, creativity and cultural heritage of cuisines from around the globe. From Penne Rosa to Japanese Pan Noodles, The Med Salad, Thai Curry Soup, and a Wisconsin Mac & Cheese, only the most authentic ingredients are used to create great tasting food in a fast casual environment.

The concept is simple and straight forward. After looking over the large photo menu, you first choose your entree and pick your size, regular or small. Next you can choose to add meat or tofu to your dish. Meats include pork, Parmesan crusted chicken, grilled chicken breast, marinated steak, sauteed shrimp and oven roasted meatballs. Finally you can choose to green it up, soup it up, or veg it up by adding extra vegetables, a soup or side salad. 
Within minutes your food is brought to your table and you are ready to enjoy some pretty tasty noodles.

 
Additionally Noodles & Co. has three side items, or appetizers to choose from. The list includes Potstickers, Margherita Flatbread and a Cheesy Garlic Bread. Our Pot stickers were pretty darn good for fast casual.

I ordered the Wisconsin Mac & Cheese in a regular size. This is a classic blend of cheddar and jack cheeses, cream and elbow macaroni. I also added the grilled chicken to my mac & cheese. This mac had a very rich and creamy sauce, and the added grilled chicken provided a perfect texture and flavor. The regular size was more than enough, and I even had some left over.

The Pesto Cavatappi is curly pasta, basil pesto, garlic, mushrooms, tomato, wine, cream, Parmesan and Italian parsley. My guest added the Parmesan crusted chicken. This dish was very flavorful and savory with just the right amount of sauce.

I was really impressed with the flavors in the Thai Hot Pot that one of my other guests ordered. This is a Noodles & Co. signature curry broth with cabbage, sprouts, peppers, shiitake mushrooms, rice noodles, pulled chicken and pork, lime wedge and cilantro, served with a side of toasted Asian flatbread. The broth had a wonderful coconut flavor with a decent amount of heat, and the flatbread was great for dipping also.


I found all of the food I tried to be quite flavorful, and about as authentic in taste as I have had at any traditional Asian, Italian, and American restaurant. Noodles and Company also serves beer and wine because, as they like to say…” it goes great with our food”. The selection and availability varies for each restaurant. I did enjoy a New Belgium Brewing Fat Tire during my visit.

Noodles & Company is open Sunday through Thursday from 11:00 am until 9:00pm, and they stay open until 10:00 pm on Friday and Saturday.

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