The first my time family tried Boathouse of Winter Park, it was relatively new and we didn’t really have any expectations. We were just excited to try a new restaurant, and we were blown away by the food. Our entire experience was amazing.
Last night my family and I returned to Boathouse with the memories of the last visit floating in our minds.
I think you can see where this is going. Maybe our expectations were just too high, but the food fell short of the last meal we had there. It wasn’t bad, but it didn’t blow us away like last time.
My dad and Kevin both ordered the braised short ribs, which my sister had ordered last time. My sister’s was so full of flavor and melted in your mouth. Although my dad’s and Kevin’s orders were good, they were drier and didn’t have as much flavor.
My sister ordered the wedge salad, which she didn’t have any complaints about.
I ordered the grouper frommage, which was grouper topped with shrimp and crab meat over lemon risotto.
The risotto was really delicious. I would have rather had a big bowl of just that. It was creamy and lemony and wonderful. The grouper however was dried out, and all of the seafood was very salty.
I’m sad that the return trip didn’t live up to the hype, but it just goes to show that you should really give something two tries before judging it as good or bad. I wonder if the first visit was them having a good night or last night just being an off night.
Have you ever liked or disliked a meal or product that later changed your mind?
Luckily tonight I’m off to Share Our Strength’s Taste of the Nation, which comes to Orlando today. It’s a great event to support efforts to end childhood hunger and it brings together chefs from a slew of Central Florida restaurants. Each chef will have two to three dishes and drinks to sample. I’m very excited.