Dining Date: 10th August, 2011
We’d heard good things about Sharks Underwater Grill at SeaWorld, Orlando, and booked a reservation when we first entered the park. We got to our reservation a little early, so went through the Shark Encounter, promising Liam we’ll go after dinner to feed them as he had earlier requested.
After seeing the sharks we went into the restaurant and were seated right away. It was a lovely restaurant, very dim lighting and very tranquil with the aquarium all around you. We were given a booth at the back and had a great view of the tank and it was awesome to watch the fish and sharks swimming around.
We were presented with the menu, and after reeling in shock at the prices, we decided what to order.
I had the shrimp cocktail ($9.50) which was ‘just’ 4 king prawns on a bed of lettuce with Marie Rose sauce on the side for dipping – succulent prawns, and not the 70s prawn cocktail I was expecting like we get in the UK!
Steve had the stuffed mushroom trio ($8.00). I can’t remember now what they were stuff with – I think one was cheese. They all sat on top of crostini. He enjoyed his starter.
Now, whilst I reel in shock again at the price of the filet mignon surf and turf that I had ($34), let me tell you, it was the most amazing piece of steak I have ever eaten in my life! (and I’ve grown up living in restaurants as my dad was a publican). It was cooked to perfection (if your perfection is medium rare) and completely melt in the mouth. It was accompanied by a skewer of shrimp, garlic mash and asparagus – but all this paled in comparison!
Steve opted for the blackened seafood trio of shrimp, scallops and salmon (or was it crab? cakes. $25). The little bundle of yellow cloth that you can see is actually half a lemon to squeeze on your seafood. I thought it was clever to wrap it in muslin to catch the pips! It was served with a coleslaw type salad which was very tasty – as was all the meal which Steve has commented about over my shoulder as I type this!
There wasn’t a great choice for kids, and Liam ended up having hot dog with fries ($9). (No photo of that for once!) I felt quite sorry for him. If you don’t like mac ‘n’ cheese, your screwed with the kids menus in the USA! But, he did make up for it by pretty much eating all the dessert we ordered to share – the brownie shark ($8).
I also had a cappuccino which brought our total bill to a whopping $109.89, plus tip. BUT, it didn’t cost as much as the abysmal (in the future) Hollywood & Vine meal we had at Hollywood Studios. We would gladly pay that again for a meal at Shark’s Underwater Grill. As I said, there isn’t much for kids – and if you have fussy kids, even less so. Other than that, everything about this experience was wonderful – the surroundings, our waitress (who was ours for the whole service) and the food. Definitely a restaurant to pay a visit to, in our opinion.
By the time we came out of the restaurant, we discovered that the shark feeing time was over, and Liam was very disappointed. I felt so bad as I hadn’t noticed a time limit for it :( That is at the top of our list for when we go back to SeaWorld…