Avu-Avu Restaurant

Located inside the luxurious Buena Vista Palace across the street from Downtown Disney. Avu-Avu is making the Polynesian cuisine magic happen. Formerly The Outback restaurant (not be confused with Outback Steakhouse)

The restaurant is huge and the decor is outstanding. I was invited by @droolius to the social media event this evening. Had an opportunity to hang out with some amazing people and have a great dinner. Thank you so much @droolius for the invite. It was great to be there.

The lighting and the ambience is truly phenomenal. It’s perfect for a romantic date and excellent for some good quality family time. Avu is family friendly. When entering the restaurant there is a shelving unit laid out full of crayons and coloring books. Perfect for any families coming in.

The view from the conference area. When entering the hotel you pass the main lobby and head towards the conference area. Just passed it are these gorgeous set of stairs. I felt like having my own theme music and waving my hand in the air like royalty and greeting my subjects.

Before being seated you are able to admire the beautiful flame grilled skewers. Tonight Executive Chef Theresa Connors greeted us in this area and pointed out the people in the kitchen hard at work. There is always a sense of security when you can see all that is being made.

They have it laid out perfectly. Again, this is what you see before you are being seated. How can you possibly not want to devour all of that before you sit down?

Shrimp, Pork, Sirloin, OH MY! This Polynesian cuisine not only looks yummy, but it IS yummy. The kitchen staff also greet the guest coming in as the greeters are giving them a tour of the kitchen, wine choices, and the restaurant.

Tonight we were seated at a table together. There were about 11 of us. As you can see by the tables here the outside view is remarkable. I would say the best view is the one facing the skewers. Now, on to the FOOD stuff!

Edamame Dip and Tropical Chips. The dip was beyond belief. Very fresh and lots of flavor. Avu motto is “A family style tropical island dinner served right at your table”. Yes they did!

Monsoon Platter. This I would say was my favorite part of the meal. The best part about Avu is they keep these coming until you tell them to stop. I wanted those ribs to keep on coming, but I had to restrain myself because a lot more food was coming.

Monsoon Platter comes with dipping sauces. Mango Chili Lime, Sesame Soy Caramel, Spicy Soy. Now don’t get me wrong, all of them are good, but the caramel one was out of this world. Very tasty.

Salad. Tossed greens, shredded carrots and cabbage rice crackers, toasted coconut, carrot ginger vinaigrette. All these flavors combined made it the perfect bite each time.

Accompaniments. Stir fried udon noodles and lemon garlic broccoli. I personally loved the noodles. I could not get enough of them. Especially tasty accompaniment with the meats.

Coffee Colada Chicken Breast.

Root Beer Barbecued Pork.

Citrus Ginger Shrimp.

Kalbi Marinated Sirloin.

All these flamed grilled skewers were delicious. The Avu team truly served it up family style. It was a great feeling to have everyone together at the table sharing stories and enjoying every single item. And I wanted to break out in song and say, “Avu Family Style” (Doing Gangnam style dance now)

Caramelized Pineapple Coconut Milk Cake. Definitely their version of Tres Leches. We even had people at our table who used the left over cream on the bottom and used it in their coffee. That’s how sweet this cake was. Absolute perfection. What a great way to end a great meal. It truly was the cherry on the cake. (Pun intended)

As I always say, if you are ever in the area or tired of the Downtown Disney food. Come on down to Avu-Avu Restaurant.

Thank you so much to @bvpalaceorlando for making this happen and being so welcoming.

Special thank you to my tables mates. @droolius @TheLittleKitchn @TastyChomps @jeffhouck. @eatingorlando was at the table as well, but we never got a chance to talk.

@Droolius, again my friend thank you so much for the invite and letting me be part of this dining spectacular.

Foodbidden Polynesian Style APPROVED!!

Avu-Avu Restaurant
(866) 397-6516
1900 East Buena Vista Drive
Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830

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Thai Thani

Today @tarajroth and I were off from work on the same day. I was craving some food with some flavor so we went with Thai.

Lots of people here for lunch today. Was not able to capture how big it is. Lots of decorations all over the restaurant. Seems like a popular place for the locals here. Lots of people dressed nicely. Assuming offices around this area and they come here for lunch.

The place is huge. Actually, before we walked in we were greeted outside by a young lady. There are three restaurants owned by the same person. If you sit in the Atlantic Cove area you can order from all three restaurants since they are all next to each other. Wow. I have never seen or heard of that before.

Thai Iced Tea. This is a must in any Thai restaurant.

Pot Stickers. There were six in the order, but @tarajroth was really hungry and picked one up and ate it. : )

Chicken Satay. The bread slices are interesting. I am sure all of you know the reason for that. I do not know.

Chicken Phad Panang (Spicy) A spicy Thai curry dish prepared with coconut and peanut sauce string beans, bell peppers, scallion and basil leaves. It was a bit on the sweet side. I have ordered this before in other places and it hasn’t been this sweet.

Fried Rice. (Spicy) Pork with rice, egg, and scallions. @Tarajroth ordered this spicy. The dish was not spicy at all so she got the extra spice sauces on the side.

The Feast shots. They will always make me happy.

@Tarajroth had to take a Feast shot too. Nice. Wifey got @kokocooks photo skills.

Overall this place was okay. It wasn’t my favorite. I would give it a one thumb up. Nice ambience in the restaurant. Although, the music in the background was going to put @tarajroth and I to sleep. Sounded like lullaby music. The kind you set up for a crib mobile. The service was mediocre. They were all too busy and I never did get my second Thai iced tea.

Wifey APPROVED!!!!


Thai Thani
(407) 239-9733
11025 International Drive
Orlando, FL 32821

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