390 North Orange Ave
Orlando, FL 32801
This reviewer did not rate this restaurant.
Gary and Kathy B.
The Manuel's "experience" began upon arrival at the 23rd(?) floor of the office building where we were greeted by a representative of Manuel's. He requested our name and then escorted us to the next elevator where we ascended up to the 28th floor. As we stepped out of the elevator and into the entrance foyer, which was dimly lit so as not to clash with the ambiance ahead, we were immediately greeted by another host who escorted us through the romantically dark restaurant to our lovely and secluded table. We were then greeted by a very skilled steward whose specialty was to pour water from a cask at increasing distance from the table (and he didn't spill a drop!). Another steward arrived with bread (which was served one slice at a time with 2 large spoons) and finally the wine steward, who also doubled as the main waiter of our table, arrived with the Wine Lists (there were separate lists - 1 for Reds and 1 for Whites). We selected the White list and proceeded to select a very nice German Riesling, which unfortunately was in low supply. We then reselected the best wine we've ever tasted in our lives - another German Riesling which was very reminiscent of Welch's White Grape Juice but at 100x the price ($80 - 1997 Dr. Loosen: Urziger Wurzgarten Reisling Auslese). The low alcohol content (8%) made it particularly enjoyable without the typical after effects. The menu was divided into 2 sections, left side was a 4 course Prix Fixed - a BARGAIN at $45 and the right side was the a la carte menu - which included many of the offerings on the other side of the menu anyway. We chose the Prix Fixed and were not disappointed except for the fact that we both had Filet Mignon and found it to be unexciting (we've had Filet Mignon before and were looking to have something different - like perhaps a beef or pork entree with an exotic glaze or gravy). After dinner we had coffee (pretty good) and espresso (surprisingly weak) with our desserts, flan - which seemed small, but was just right. Anyway, the ambiance and service are what you're paying for, so enjoy and bring your credit card!