Amare

The Walt Disney Earth Swan and Dolphin opened its new companion hotel, the Swan Reserve, in November. It is distinguished from the two bigger resorts – it sits separated throughout Epcot Vacation resort Boulevard – with a extra fashionable glass-and-metal style and the absence of frighteningly big creatures on its roof.

With the new lodge will come one more signature restaurant, Amare, to join the likes Todd English’s bluezoo, Kimonos and Shula’s Steak House.

Amare is a Mediterranean cafe whose name indicates to adore. (It is the verb form of the word as opposed to the noun. That’s amore.) Nonetheless, the succinct menu has far more of a Greek accent. The cafe is described on the hotel’s internet site as relaxed upscale. I can concur with that. The decor is tastefully relaxed – it is a breakfast, lunch and meal location – with bare blond wooden tables established with blue and white chargers with a spirographic motif, cloth napkins, basket gentle fixtures, wood flooring and an open kitchen. Significant windows from the second flooring restaurant search out towards the other accommodations.

Amare dining room

Amare int

The upscale portion is in the excellent of the foodstuff, with superior top quality ingredients perfectly-crafted and served in an pleasing method.

Amare hummus

Even though we nibbled on the sesame-crusted sizzling bread served with hummus, a pool of olive oil and an island of tapenade, we appeared more than the menu and negotiated our selections.

Amare meatballs

We started out with the polpletti appetizer, a trio of floor lamb and beef meatballs served in a tomatoey puddle atop crispy potatoes and sprinkled with crushed roasted pine nuts. Dollops of saffron aioli dotted the plate. The meat had a looser texture than most meatballs and the flavors, particularly the lamb, were being pleasant. And I truly appreciated the nuttiness of the pinions.

Amare salad

We also experienced the Amare salad, an spectacular bowl of shredded romaine and iceberg lettuces topped with marinated cucumbers, artichokes and crimson onions, with a clump of creamy feta cheese and slices of salty kalamata olives. It was all drizzled with a pink wine dressing seasoned with marjoram. A delicious and fulfilling salad.

Amare fish

For my entree I selected the seabass al cartoccio, two striped bass fillets with white and purple potatoes, tomatoes and wilted greens sealed in a parchment pouch that allowed all the flavors to steam with each other. The package deal was clipped open at the table by the server. The fish was agency and with all the other flavors hardly needed the creamy white wine sauce that accompanied.

Amare skewers

My companion selected the grilled souvlaki, opting for a single each of the hen and beef skewers. The two meats were being remarkably tender and the beef was even a awesome medium scarce. The plate was also loaded with a spicy hummus, tabbouleh, and marinated cucumbers, topped with a haystack of crispy potatoes and accompanied by poofy pita for the solution of building a sandwich.

Amare kitchen

Our server was knowledgable and accommodating, and we enjoyed our seat in close proximity to the kitchen area the place we could check out the open above exactly where the flatbreads, shrimp and other products are cooked. And you need to know that the cafe will validate your valet parking, which is usually a pleasant touch.

I just cannot observed whether or not the Swan Reserve delivers anything at all exclusive in the way of hotel accommodations, but I can say that Amare is a wonderful addition to the array of dining places at the resort.

Amare is at 1255 Epcot Resorts Blvd., Lake Buena Vista (map). It is open for breakfast, lunch and evening meal everyday. The phone selection is 407-934-1609.