The Omni Orlando Championsgate features some amazing restaurants, and it raises the bar with special offerings like the current Destinación Chile menu, which is this year’s entry in the annual Flavors of the World series. The restaurants are committed to local sourcing whenever possible and to using the freshest ingredients from known sources, so the Destinación Chile items are all as flavorful as you’d expect. Add Chilean wines to the mix and you have the recipe for an international dining experience that will have you coming back for more. Use this link to view the full menu so you can plan out your choices in advance.
As you can see from the menu, it’s hard to narrow down your choices. I was lucky enough to be invited to a special tasting dinner that gave me a chance to sample many of the Destinación Chile dishes and wines. Click the slideshow accompanying this article to see that food and drink first hand. Here are my thoughts on some of my favorites:
- Pisco Sour: All of the Chilean wines I tried were wonderful, but I have to give special props to the Pisco Sour. It was light and refreshing, with only one downside: it goes down so smooth that it will sneak up on you!
- Sopa De Choclo Con Pino De Champinones: I’m a big soup fan, and I particularly enjoy hearty soups as fall heads into winter and a chill enters the air. This corn soup fit the “hearty” category without being overwhelming and was one of my favorite parts of the meal.
- Empanada Con Pebre: I’m a huge empanada fan, so I loved getting to try this trio. It’s hard to narrow things down to a favorite, although I was quite partial to the prawns, cheese, and spring onion.
- Choritos Con Pebre: Although I don’t actively dislike mussels, I’m not their biggest fan. They have to be particularly good to interest me, so it’s a testament to the mussels on the Destinación Chile that I thoroughly enjoyed them. The mussels themselves were high quality, and the broth was a taste treat all on its own.
- Bacalao Con Tomatica: This Chilean sea bass is light, tender and flavorful if you’re in the mood for seafood.
- Quinnoto De Champinones Con Pebre De Palt: I’m a huge quinoa fan, particularly in cold salads, and this hot dish was one of my biggest delights in the dinner. In this rich, hearty preparation, it will remind you of a risotto.
- Arroz Con Leche Y Salsa De Manja: I absolutely loved the moist, delicious Tres Leches cake, but I have to give my special shout-out to the rice pudding. The use of short grain rice is a nice twist, as is the unexpected citrus flavor. I always enjoy rice pudding, and this is one of the best versions I’ve ever tasted. It’s a bit of a lighter cap to the meal, although the cake is a great choice, too.
If you’d like to know more about the Destinación Chile dinner, which runs through December 31, 2015, go to this article to view some videos or visit the official page on the Omni Orlando Championsgate website. For an overview of the resort itself, go here.