Fodor's Expert Review Norman's
Legendary Florida chef Norman Van Aken brings impressive credentials to the restaurant that bears his name. Van Aken's culinary roots go back to the Florida Keys, where he's credited with creating "Floribbean" cuisine, part Key West and part Caribbean—although he now weaves in flavors from all continents. The Orlando operation is a formal, sleek restaurant with marble floors, starched tablecloths, servers in ties and vests, eight certified sommeliers, and a creative, if expensive, menu. In addition to exceptional ceviches and a signature appetizer called Down Island French toast made with Curacao-marinated foie gras, favorites include yellowedge grouper crusted in Serrano ham, yuzu roasted chicken with pad Thai noodles, and perfectly seared scallops with Anon Mills grits. Covered terrace seating is also available.
4000 Central Florida Pkwy.
Orlando, Florida 32837, USA
- James Beard Award–winning chef
- Creative preparations with wide-ranging international influences
- Extensive wine list