Category Archives: USA – Wizarding World of Harry Potter

Emeril’s Orlando

We were in Orlando during last year’s Orlando Magical Dining Month (September).  It’s 33 USD for a three-course, prix fixe dinner at some of Orlando’s most famous/expensive restaurants.  The only restaurant that caught my eye was Emeril’s. I grew up watching Emeril on the Food Network so in my eyes, he’s the first ever celebrity tv chef.

Emeril’s is located at Universal’s CityWalk so it’s a perfect place for dinner after a day at the Park.

Emeril only visits the restaurant about once a year.. no such luck that day!

the corn bread on the right was AMAZING….so soft and buttery, served warm… so delicious! It reminds me a bit of scones.. The server was nice enough to keep giving me refills!

FRESH GULF CEVICHE (Fresh local fish, cilantro, lime, chilis)…. There was a lot of ceviche compared to the tortillas.

GULF OYSTER BISQUE (Crème fraiche, spinach, bacon)

Unfortunately, I lost the photos of the entrèes.  We each ordered a different entrèe:

Mussels & Frites (White wine, tomato, sausage, hand cut fries, aioli)

Roasted Salmon (Saffron risotto, chorizo, fennel, tomato broth)

Stadler Farm Chicken Breast (Andouille & potato hash, tempura onion, sweet barbecue sauce)

Each entrèe had a very large portion…like a regular sized portion.  Both the Vancouver Dine Out and Hong Kong Dining Week portion are like sample-size…so you get your value at Emeril’s!  All the dishes were flavourful and fresh, with a great presentation.

bread pudding….

some famous house dessert….

Loved Emeril’s!!! Good value for the quality! We got a real deal here during the month of magicial dining..

FAIM? OUI OUI!!

Emeril’s Orlando

 6000 Universal Blvd #702, Orlando, FL 32819, United States
Phone:+1 407-224-2424
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Three Broomsticks @ The Wizarding World of Harry Potter

From Diagon Alley, we took the Hogwarts Express (yes, we were on Platform 9 and 3/4) to Hogsmeade! With some theme park magic, we actually ran straight into the wall between platforms 9 and 10.

After a quick 5 minute ride, we were in Hogsmead!

We had lunch at the Three Broomsticks, which had another true to book/movie fantasy, interior and exterior decor.

frozen butterbeer! I ordered it in a souvenir mug.  Sad to say.. I don’t like butterbeer… it tasted like frozen cream soda with a layer of cream on top…..

We also ordered fish and chips.. but it was meh….

After lunch, we were off to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry!!!!

FAIM? un peu…

Three Broomsticks @ The Wizarding World of Harry Potter

Universal’s Islands of Adventure

Leaky Cauldron @ The Wizarding World of Harry Potter

I am a big big big Harry Potter fan so the main reason for this year’s East Coast trip was to visit the Wizarding World of Harry Potter.

We paid to stay a night at a Universal Studios hotel just so we get early admission into Diagon Alley…. that’s an extra hour before other fans!  No words can describe how amazing it feels to enter the dream book world I have been fantasizing since I was a kid.

Daily Prophet..

Ollivanders.. sadly, I wasn’t picked for the wand show…

Gringotts Bank! I exchanged 50USD for 50 dollars of Wizarding bank notes. These could be used in any stores or restaurants in the Wizarding World.

We kept one $10 wizarding money to bring home ….. basically, we paid $10 for a piece of paper that has zero monetary value in the real world…

We ate lunch at Leaky Cauldron! In the books, Leaky Cauldron is a famous wizarding pub and inn.

There’s an actual cauldron that has a crack.. hence, leaky cauldron!

I tried the pumpkin juice… pretty good.. didn’t taste like pumpkin though…

mini pie combination (fisherman’s pie and cottage pie) with salad…. the pies were pretty delicious..very creamy with lots of stuffing…

FAIM? OUI OUI!!!

Leaky Cauldron

Diagon Alley @ The Wizarding World of Harry Potter

Universal Studios Florida