Orlando is a melting pot of cultures that offers many exotic cuisines to satisfy your hunger. Next time you’re visiting the famous shops and attractions located on International Drive, enjoy some international dishes from the following restaurants.
Nile Ethiopian Restaurant
Ethiopian food may not be an obvious choice as a dining option to visitors who are in Orlando for business or vacation, but the African cuisine is an excellent choice for anyone looking to experience communal dining. No silverware is necessary to eat Ethiopian food; just grab some food with a piece of injera (spongy bread), roll it up, and pop all of it into your mouth.
If you’re craving pork or shellfish, you won’t find it here because that type of food is seen as forbidden (haram) due to religious beliefs. However, imported African stimulants such as coffee and alcohol are considered staples, so much so, that the restaurant performs an Ethiopian coffee ceremony lasting as long as two hours.
Some of our favorite dishes include:
- Nile Chef’s Special Combination: chicken doro wat and doro alicha, beef alicha and tibs, served with cabbage, collard greens, lentils, and split peas on a large bed of injera
- Beef/Beef Jerky Awaze Tibs Fitfit: beef on a bed of injera smothered in spicy red pepper sauce.
- Beef Gored-Gored: extra-lean chunks of beef sautéed in house sauce.
Merguez is a fast casual restaurant that serves food of Moroccan descent. You order from an associate at the counter and then have a seat while you wait for your food to be prepared. A few of their signature dishes include:
- Kefta Tagine: lamb or beef meatballs with tomato sauce, two eggs, and green olives.
- Merguez Sausage: spicy North African sausages made from ground lamb or ground beef served with rice and a salad.
- Chicken bastilla: a chicken pie that combines phyllo (dough), chicken, egg stuffing, toasted almonds, cinnamon, and sugar.
At Lisbon, you will enjoy awonderful Portuguese fine dining experience. Many seafood dishes are available including Bacalhau (salted cod), a staple food in Portuguese cuisine. Other meats offered include sirloin, chicken, pork, and lamb.
- Dourada ou Robalo Assado: baked dorade or bronzini (small Mediterranean fish) served with sautéed potato layers and vegetables.
- Polvo a Lagareiro: grilled octopus served with potatoes, peppers, onions, and tomatoes.
- Bacalhau com Queijo da Serra: codfish with cheese sauce, potatoes, and vegetables.
Hanamizuki Japanese Restaurant
If you want to taste authentic Kyoto style food, Hanamizuki has plenty of exotic dishes to try along with more commonly known beef and chicken dishes.
- Ika Shiokara: homemade squid guts pickled in salt.
- Natto with Shirasu Fish: fermented soybeans with small whitefish.
- Gyūtan: sautéed beef tongue served with sesame oil salt sauce.
After you complete a day filled with shopping, dining, and world-class entertainment, relax with us at the Rosen Inn. We are just minutes away from all the delicious international lunch and dinner options available on I-Drive, and each guestroom is stocked with a mini fridge and microwave in case you end up with leftovers. For room availability, call us at 407-996-4444 or select dates online to book your stay.