A few weeks ago, my friends at Visit Orlando were gracious and invited me to check out Urbain 40’s Magical Dining Month’s menu. I’ve heard so many great reviews about this restaurant, but never had the chance to dine there. Spoiler alert: I’m in love.
Magical Dining Month is such a cool concept, I urge all locals and visitors to enjoy it. Beginning August 29th and continuing through October 2nd, select Orlando restaurants will offer prix fixe dinners for just $33. The appetizers, entrees and desserts are to die for.
What I love the most about Magical Dining Month is that one dollar from each meal will be donated to the Russell Home for Atypical Children.
“The Russell Home for Atypical Children in Orlando has been in continuous operation for over 60 years without any government support. The Home is the only private, non-profit facility of its kind for severely disabled children in Central Florida.
The Russell Home was the first non-profit institution in the country for brain-damaged children. Today you would find quietly hanging in the home a dusty occupational license dated Nov. 13, 1951, when Mrs. Russell opened her home to the first child to “see if it would work out.” Since then, the home has opened its doors to hundreds of youngsters, sometimes after hearing pleas from desperate parents, and in more than one instance, finding them just left on the doorstep.
The Russell Home provides around the clock specialized care, with love and a home-like atmosphere so vital the special needs of these very special children. The love that is in this home, expressed through the eyes, sounds, and smiles from the children will make you count your blessings for the simple things in life.”
As soon as I walked into Urbain 40, I loved the vibe. This swanky upscale restaurant is perfect for a date night. Guys if you’re reading this, take your ladies here ASAP. You can start your night at the beautiful bar and lounge with live music and thank me later.
Magical Dining Menu:
I got to check out the kitchen 🙂
Chef Jean-Stephane Poinard
Prince Edward Island Mussells.
I could have left happy if this was all that they served me. Cooked to perfection, the mussels were tender, with just the right amount of butter and garlic.
French Onion Soup
Chef’s Seasonal Plat du Jor
Made daily with seasonal ingredients. This was a baked white salmon pastry, which is extremely hard to find.
Bolognese with fresh homemade pasta.
Heritage Berkshire Farm Pork Shank
It fell off the bone and melted into my mouth. I was kind of rude and texted friends pork shank pictures through out the meal with “You need to come to Urbain 40 NOW.”.
Red berries and French Vanilla Cream Parfait
Creme Fraiche Cheesecake with seasonal fruit
Sure, the ambiance was perfect, beautiful locations distract me but everything was made from scratch and with love.
Whenever I get a chance to meet the chef, I always ask what their favorite is. He said he loved everything, of course, but I should most definitely try the mussels and pork shank. I’m very happy I did.
I loved that Chef Jean-Stephane Poinard spent time with us. He’s very warm, funny but most important, passionate about his craft and the restaurant. It was such a pleasure to chat with him. I learned that he’s a fifth generation chef, his Baptism was inside of a restaurant in France. The goal he had was for his guests to leave satisfied. Have you ever left a restaurant feeling hungry? I have. I left Urbain 40 happy. Everyone should visit him!! 🙂
8000 Via Dellagio Way
Have you been to Urbain 40 before? What was your favorite dish?