Kasa in Downtown Orlando : Serving up some tasty “Colonial Cuisine”

I think Executive Chef Shawn Kaplan said it best when he described the menu and flavors of Kasa as “Colonial Cuisine”. The inspiration for his menu is not just from Spanish and Japanese culture (as their website suggests), but from all over the world. Colonial Cuisine, as Chef Kaplan describes it, is the melding of distinct cultural cooking styles and ingredients to create unique dishes that are both familiar and at the same time brand new. Sounds like a plan to me!

Kasa is located in the heart of Downtown Orlando in The Plaza. With large windows and a slick interior, the restaurant feels hip with a definite sophistication. Certainly the type of place you’ll find the Downtown business crowd during the lunch hour. It’s this lunch hour where Kasa really shines. The tapas style dishes are all great to share, and can be sent out quickly for those who don’t have the time to spare.

During my visits, I was able to try a selection of some of the favorites on the menu. I started off with the Korean Calamari, which is served with thin sliced crispy veggies in a sweet and spicy sauce. This is a fantastic start to the visit because it really gets your palate ready to try some interesting combinations.

The Spicy Tuna Tostada Tower was a fantastic appetizer with fresh tuna, avocado, crème fresh, and cherry tomatoes. The pickled thinly sliced onions added a nice pop to the mild combination of the avocado crème fresh. Each layer was also adorned with a little cilantro, which tried it all together. Winner!

On my second visit, I tried the Bison Romesco Burger, which combined lean bison meat with Havarti cheese, bacon, and sautéed scallions. Bison meat is traditionally just a little on the sweet side, and that really complimented the char from the grill. The chef was nice enough to set me up with a smaller portion, so don’t let the photo fool you. This will be a regular sized burger, served with homemade chips.

On a recommendation from my server, I also tried the Cranberry Kale salad with seared tuna. The salad and tuna combined with their lemon avocado dressing was solid, and would easily pair with grilled chicken.

Each of these mashups of flavors, cuisines, and cultures combine to create dishes that evoke both a sense of familiarity and curiosity. I feel like after 2 visits, I’ve yet to really explore what Kasa and Chef Kaplan have to offer. The environment is fantastic, the service is excellent, and the dishes really stand out for their originality and flavor.

You can learn more about their happy hours, bar bites menu, Tasting Tuesdays Special Menu, and everything else going on from the links below. Swing by and tell them you saw the review on Orlando Food Scene!

Kasa Orlando
http://www.kasarestaurant.com/

Facebook Page
https://www.facebook.com/kasatapas

Kasa Specials!
http://www.kasarestaurant.com/specials.html

Hours

Monday & Tuesday 11:30 am – 10:30 pm

Wednesday – Friday 11:30 am – Late

Saturday 5 pm – Late

Sunday Brunch 11 am – 4 pm

Address:
183 S. Orange Ave.
(407) 985-5272

Discounted parking at the Plaza Garage for a duration of 90 minutes

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