Fine dining at a gorgeous resort, what more could you ask for? If you didn’t already, I highly suggest you to read my previous post on the Villas of Grand Cypress in Orlando. I absolutely loved my stay there, but I gotta take a moment to write an post praising one of my new favorite restaurants in town: Nine18. If you are looking for a resort that feels like an oasis that feels far away from the madness that is Orlando’s tourist center, yet is actually just right next door to the magic of Disney, I highly suggest the Villas of Grand Cypress. If you are looking for a fine dining restaurant in Orlando that’s the same way, I highly recommend the Villas of Grand Cypress. Located at the VGC Clubhouse, Nine18 overlooks the golf course and lake.
We got there at around 7pm and there was barely anyone there. You get the option to dine outside or inside. If you can, I highly suggest you dine by the windows (makes for a perfect instagram post, haha). They have an impressive wine collection, but I had to go with my favorite the Pinot Grigio. The chef sent us a nice amuse-bouche which was a really nice gesture and quite delicious. I wish I had taken a picture of it, but I didn’t! First up is their “Fork and Knife Caesar” which was absolutely amazing. It consisted of local farm red and green romaine, creamy house dressing, white anchovy filet, focaccia tube shaved Parmigiano-Reggiano. The anchovy caught me off guard, but it made all the difference. I normally don’t like anchovies, but this was a match made in heaven. This may have put me on track to loving salads again! AND LOOK AT THAT PRESENTATION! I was impressed right off the bat! We also ordered the Crispy South Farms Pork Belly (not pictured) which consisted of Orange blossom honey, grilled Florida peach, caramelized shallot, organic watercress salad. You need to order that as well. As unhealthy as pork bellies get, I literally felt healthy eating that.
Then came our main entrees. Now the menu seems to have changed, because I can’t seem to find what I have ordered on the menu they had online. But if I remember it correctly, I had the beef tenderloin with red zin demi, carrots, sausage and some sort of puree which was amazing. I can’t remember the puree, but I think it had corn in it.
From the presentation to the service I was just blown away. As the night went by, more people came in and the restaurant was actually busy, but not to the point where it was loud and you had to talk over each other. This was actually my graduation dinner and we had another function to go to, so we didn’t get to the desserts, but trust me, I will be back again to this place for more! If you are looking for a nice relaxing dinner, whether it be romantic or celebratory, that has a fine dining flair to it where you can be yourself (dress code is resort/business casual and up), this is the place. I hate fine dining restaurants where it gives off a pretentious vibe and you feel like you have to act a certain way. With Nine18, you can have that amazing fine dining experience and still be yourself. Thank you for a great dinner, Nine18!