November 15, 2013

Local Eats in Orlando ~ KASA Tapas & Raw Bar

Last night I stopped by the Grand Opening Party at KASA Tapas & Raw Bar.  The event was happening with beautiful people wandering about enjoying cocktails, bites and the scenery. The Bento Group has done a great job with the transformation of this restaurant.  The sleek and stylish layout reminds me of a restaurant you would find in a major metropolitan city.

We started out with a cocktail suggested by the bartender; Paradise was nice refreshing drink that went well with the fresh fare we were enjoying that evening.
KASA Tapas & Raw Bar Orlando

There were a number of select items from the menu that were being passed to sample.  Shrimp cocktail is pretty basic, but the shrimp were very good and paired well with their in house cocktail sauce.
Shrimp Cocktail at KASA Tapas & Raw Bar Orlando

The White Fish Ceviche was delicious with watermelon, cherry tomatoes, avocado, pickled red onion and avocado.  The flavors complimented the fish quite well.
White Fish Ceviche KASA Tapas & Raw Bar Orlando
The Adobo Pork & Crispy Polenta Cake was an unexpected pleasure.  The chipotle braised pork was quite tasty on top of the polenta cake. The avocado and pickled red onions added a nice balance.
The Adobo Pork and Crispy Polenta Cake at KASA Tapas & Raw Bar Orlando
While I enjoyed all that I tasted, the KASA Corn was my favorite dish of the evening.  The miso lime aioli with the manchego cheese was delicious.  I wish I had a whole ear to enjoy!
KASA Corn at KASA Tapas & Raw Bar Orlando

While I'm not a big fan of Oysters, I did think the Baked Wasabi Oysters were good.  The wasabi was a nice kick.
Baked Wasabi Oysters at KASA Tapas & Raw Bar Orlando
The evening was filled with some great food and drinks.  Chef Shawn Kaplan is offering up a nice mix of "global" small plates that are sure to appease many palates.  The staff working were wonderful and answered any questions we had about the menu.  

KASA is a nice addition to the downtown Orlando restaurant scene.  The modern dining room is inviting, but you may want to take in the Florida sunshine and enjoy your meal al fresco on the lovely patio.  Either way you are sure to enjoy the food and the ambiance of KASA Tapas & Raw Bar.

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