My brother and I had a great night at Cafe118. We drove 2.5 hrs to check it out and got more than we expected. The cafe is a little hidden in downtown Winter Park. The atmosphere is very modern and clean. The waitress sits us down and we start with drinks. The raspberry lemonade is a sweet and sour concoction of fresh ripe raspberry juice in a base of lemonade sweetened with agave. A perfect drink to start a meal. We also tried the Tropical mint (pineapple, young coconut, agave and mint) which was very refreshing. Everything looked so good on the menu so we tried almost everything they had. The basil wrappers were divine. The wrappers were made with coconut meat flavored with basil and the other with sun dried tomatoes then dehydrated. This made them very pliable, Inside the wrappers was a very smooth cheese made out of pine nuts and herbs.
Next up was the Spicy "Bean" Burrito with fresh salsa, guac, sour cream and queso blanco. This dish had the right amount of spice and was very flavor rich. The sour cream (cashews, pine nuts, sea salt) was very refreshing against the spicy blend of seeds in the burrito. The salsa and guac added depth and completed this dish. Very well done.
We also tried the avocado, mango and shitake maki rolls with raw soy sauce and pickled ginger. These rolls we incredible. One of the best dishes at the cafe we thought. It was pleasantly light and bursting with flavors. It has the right amount of spice and sweet in every bite. it was also very elegantly presented.The salads at the cafe are not to be passed up.
The mexican chopped salad was my favorite. It was a mixture of mixed greens, sweet corn, avocado, chili chips, fresh tomato and their popular queso blanco which I assume is just a mixture of red bell pepper, cashews or macadamia nuts and water. It was nicely seasoned and not laden with a lot of oils or avocado.
The arugala salad was very tasty as well. It tasted like a Caesar salad but the base was baby arugala, then tossed with hemp seeds, sun dried tomatoes and a parmesan crisp made from pine nuts.