A Richard Blais Florida Kitchen

There was a time when the Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress was a eating place for special instances. La Coquina was a person of the prime great eating places to eat in the location with an incomparable Sunday brunch. Hemingway’s had a informal magnificence that manufactured visitors sense as while they have been eating in an elite Vital West property.

La Coquina routinely took a summer time hiatus, but in the fall of 2012 it simply just did not reopen, a casualty of shifting dining tastes the stunning space now applied for unique situations. Hemingway’s shut at the beginning of the pandemic soon right after it underwent a transform. But it did not reopen both, however it was not skipped significantly – its panache experienced paled in its very last yrs.

Now the lodge has opened a new restaurant in the Hemingway’s room named Four Flamingos. And the Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress may at the time yet again see locals booking tables.


The formal full identify of the cafe is 4 Flamingos: A Richard Blais Florida Kitchen. (4 simply because there are 4 species of flamingos indigenous to the Americas.) The Blais identify will only suggest a thing to you if you observe cooking level of competition programs (I really do not). Blais was the very first winner of Bravo’s Top rated Chef All-Stars and is a co-star, with Gordon Ramsay, on the new Up coming Stage Chef.

Of course, you shouldn’t assume to obtain Blais in his Florida Kitchen restaurant, at the very least not frequently you know, all that television taping and all. But he has put together a alternatively wonderful menu and has as his chef de cuisine Shelby Ferrell, who moved to the 4 Flamingos kitchen from Hemisphere at the Hyatt Regency Orlando Intercontinental Airport. (I’ll have an update on Hemisphere and Ferrell’s alternative there on Thursday.)

As you would assume, or hope, for a Florida cafe, the menu is seafood centric, although many of the dishes have Asian or Latin American roots.

fourflamingos toast

These types of as the coconut shrimp toast appetizer, a choose on the Chinese common. The thick slice of bread, smeared with a pulpy shrimp paste and fried, was properly crispy, sprinkled with minimal Os of chopped environmentally friendly onions and accompanied by a spicy chili sauce.

fourflamingos ceviche

The scallop ceviche was a wonderful array of thinly sliced scallops overlapped and layered on top and bottom with diced papaya and coconut in in between and sprinkled with flower petals. Tender, great and refreshing.

fourflamingos snapper

Two of my dining companions chose the entire purple snapper, an amazing presentation of a fish in movement, its pores and skin rubbed with turmeric and crisply fried. The white flesh beneath came off in good flakes that had been improved with the piquant chimichurri sauce. It was accompanied by a dish of papaya salad and coconut flavored grits cooked in a banana leaf.

fourflamingos swordfish

The full fish is promoted as getting for two people today, but the swordfish “prime rib” was a double serving, way too. It was a bone-in “Neptune’s cut,” a thick steak basted with brown butter. The outdoors was practically black and fairly crispy the meat inside was tender and juicy. It was not the prettiest hunk of fish, even with the sprinkling or yellow bouquets, but I obstacle you to discover a extra delicious swordfish dish.

fourflamingos interior

Service was attentive and moved apace. The decor of the restaurant, which is in a independent building from the higher-rise hotel, is brighter, many thanks in no small component to the open kitchen, and much more casual than I keep in mind it from its Hemingway’s days.

And that’s wonderful. Really do not imagine of Four Flamingos as a replacement but as a good restaurant in its possess ideal.

4 Flamings: A Richard Blais Florida Kitchen area is at the Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress, 1 Grand Cypress Blvd., Orlando (map). It is open for meal day-to-day. The cellular phone range is 407-239-1234. Notice: valet parking is complimentary for consumers of the restaurant.