The family-style Filipino consolation fare at Hangry Dobo feeds physique and soul | Restaurant Overview | Orlando

Part of me feels that the amount of food you are served in the two-entree combo in the UCF Hangry Dobo area is meant to keep the college students away from the nutritional void like pizza rolls and Access Hot Pockets. The other part of me feels like it’s just fucking good food and you’re going to want a lot of it.

You will feel the love as soon as you step into the restaurant, which is located in the Collegiate Way Plaza on the corner of University Boulevard and Alafaya Trail. A smiling face and a warm welcome await you behind the cafeteria-style steam table loaded with up to 10 rotating Filipino delicacies waiting to be served with rice or pancit – the ubiquitous rice noodles made with cabbage, carrots, and flavored with Soy sauce.

If you’re Kano – the shortened version of the Tagalog slang word Amerikano – you’re likely asked if you’ve eaten Filipino food before. I encourage you to say “no” even if, like me, you are familiar with the kitchen. You’ll enjoy hearing the broad overview of every dish, from the garlic and chicken adobo to the crispy, deep-fried pork belly known as Lechon Kawali. Are you a little nervous about trying the serrano chilli braised pork shoulder with pork blood called Dinuguan? Just ask for a sneak peek before you commit. Samples are gladly given.

The $ 13 combo is the best way to try two main courses plus rice or pancit of your choice. Visit with a bunch of friends and you’ll get an overview of each offer pretty quickly. Restaurants where I could theoretically try the entire menu in one visit are a passion of mine. The combined serving is more than generous (see previous note on potentially malnourished college students) and is served preventively in to-go containers. They know you want to carry the rest home for later.

When I visited the cozy shop – the whole place can accommodate no more than 30 guests – I opted for the chicken adobo (how could I not?) And the dinuguan with rice, while my meal companion was the chicken curry and chicken kare -Kare chose. a rich, creamy peanut-based stew that coats tender chicken legs and green beans.

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Though the dishes are presented soberly behind glass, the way the staff spoon the selections into the styrofoam container is an element of ceremony and awe. They make sure that there is something tasty in each serving and that the ingredients are evenly distributed in each serving: a little soft garlic, a few deep green beans, an al dente slice of carrot, a charred chilli pepper.

Hangry Dobo’s chicken adobo, the national dish of the Philippines, deserves its high status in the kitchen. It’s lacquered with sweet and tangy brown sauce that’s dotted with chopped garlic. The slow simmer allows the chicken to disintegrate tenderly, easily dismantled with the plastic utensils that the restaurant gives its guests. The raw vinegar that perks up Hangry Dobos Dinuguan, or as it is colloquially known as “chocolate meat”, will make you want to eat fork after fork again. If it’s available when you visit, don’t miss out. You will not notice a hint of this minerality that boiled blood normally imparts. Chiliheads should ask for a little more Serranos in their Dinuguan, which give the stew a pleasantly herbal taste without adding too much spiciness.

The chicken curry was very popular at the table; the sweet coconut milk sauce, spiced up with fish sauce and lots of garlic, coated with juicy chicken legs, velvety potatoes, carrots and sweet pepper slices. We also devoured the chicken kare kare. What magical spells were used to keep the green beans so pleasantly green and crisp and tender and to enable the Japanese eggplant to keep its texture and shape even in a steam table, I certainly don’t know, but I was thrilled. I was there on a weekday so the special crab curry wasn’t on the menu but I’ll be back.

For dessert, we couldn’t miss the halo halo ($ 8). While the heat index rose to 105 outside, we stayed cool and refreshed by dipping our long-handled spoons into the shaved ice cream dessert and stirring up the treats from bottom to top: sweet beans and corn kernels, purple ube sweet potato and steamed pumpkin cubes with coconut milk. Heaven. We also enjoyed the dense, fudge-like, amethyst-colored Ube cake which asked us if we could ever go back to simple brownies.

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College students at UCF, Valencia, and Florida Technical College should show their student ID to receive a 10 percent discount on a meal that’s perfect for making money all week. And while the dollars and cents of the food equation make sense, it’s the gracious spirit and care that goes into eating at Hangry Dobo that makes you feel like what you’re experiencing there is more than just lunch or dinner Dinner. Dining at Hangry Dobo feels like a long, warm, lovely hug.

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REVIEW: Tusker Home Returns With Household-Model Character Breakfast at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

Tusker House in Disney’s Animal Kingdom open again for breakfast, lunch and dinner. We sat down for the family breakfast, which is $ 42 for adults and $ 27 for children. Breakfast includes a basket of pastries, fresh fruit and a breakfast plate, with vegan options available on request. The restaurant was a buffet before COVID. Mickey and friends also cross the restaurant for a detached meet-and-greet.

Arrivals

The Tusker House Restaurant is located in the Africa section of Disney’s Animal Kingdom.


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We were some of the first guests to check into the reopened restaurant.

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After checking in, we waited for a text message telling us that our table was ready.

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Inside, a crowd of cast members greeted us warmly with “Jambo!”. They were all wonderful during our meal and seemed happy to be back.

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You were done with a lot of jungle / POG juice.

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With such a large dining area, it’s pretty easy to distance yourself at Tusker House.

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The tables were all set.

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The characters were the highlight of this culinary experience. They all kept busy with every guest and most of them took a break at each table to take photos. They loved showing off their safari costumes.

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Donald, Daisy, Goofy and Mickey circle the restaurant.

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Daisy threw kisses when she arrived.

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The characters visited regularly while eating.

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Since the characters don’t stop for autographs, guests will receive an autograph card at the end of the meal.

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Snow Leopard Vodka, Bols Peach Schnaps and Tusker House “Jungle Juice”

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Before dinner we ordered two of the specialty cocktails. The jungle juice tastes exactly as you expect it to be. If you like POG juice then this is an excellent morning cocktail.

Made with Snow Leopard Vodka, a dash of African Berbere sauce and garnished with candied bacon

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This is a lovely and flavorful Bloody Mary. The mixture is thick with a lot of tomato paste and tastes fresh as if it was homemade. We could barely taste the vodka.

Pastry basket / board

Safari bread, multigrain croissants and corn bread, served with whipped butter, chocolate-hazelnut spread and strawberry jam

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The corn bread was warm and tasty. It was hearty but with a hint of sweetness. It goes well with a dash of butter and the strawberry jams.

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The safari bread is a dense brioche-style bread. It is hearty and chewy and goes well with the chocolate and hazelnut spread.

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The croissant remains remarkably light and flaky because it is multigrain. It’s a little boring in and of itself, but with a little strawberry jam it will perk you up.

Vegan pastries and fresh fruit

With honey yogurt sauce

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Each table gets a bowl of fresh fruit with a honey yogurt sauce. Even so, we preferred the vegan yogurt that came with this tray. It was thick and fluffy and tasted like coconut based.

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The vegan pastry option was good but not great. They didn’t seem ready to bring the vegan options so it took a while.

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The pastry itself was still a bit frozen in the middle.

Breakfast plate

Scrambled eggs, Mickey & Simba waffles and Durban Chicken & Egg Curry with jasmine rice served with bacon, sausage and fried potatoes

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The chicken and egg curry was excellent. It reminded us of the biryani in Sanaa. It was spicy but not really hot.

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Everything was cooked to perfection. The chicken and chickpeas are tender. We were skeptical of the hard-boiled egg, but it actually works well with the dish.

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The rest of the breakfast is pretty standard.

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The potatoes stand out. With more spice and flavor, they were better than the potatoes at other similar breakfasts.

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The sausage was the worst on the plate. It was greasy and not particularly hot. It had a decent sausage taste. The eggs were typical scrambled eggs.

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The waffles were a little off. They were a little doughy and seemed overcooked on the outside and undercooked on the inside. Maybe the waffle irons just needed more time to be seasoned.

Vegetable breakfast plate

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Instead of something more interesting, the plant-based platter just had vegan versions of the same food on the standard platter. That being said, the plant-based sausage was actually better than the real meat version. It was similar to falafel and had a more interesting flavor.

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The vegan curry was good. It tasted just like the chicken and egg curry, but without the chicken and egg. It didn’t come with rice either.

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The waffles weren’t great. They tasted like flour and were similar to the vegan waffles you get at other breakfasts.

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The vegan eggs are best to avoid. The texture was okay, but the taste wasn’t close enough to egg to be called vegan eggs.

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A total of

This is a pretty standard but good breakfast. In terms of food we liked it better than the Cape May Cafe, which also recently reopened. Plus, the service was better and we got to see the characters we loved.

Is it better than the buffet version? We kind of doubt many will think that way, but it still provides an enjoyable experience.

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