The Art of Sushi Pairing at Waldorf Astoria Food and Wine Weekends

During our recent visit to Disney World, we experienced The Art of Sushi Pairing at Waldorf Astoria Food and Wine Weekends. Food and Wine Weekends takes place every weekend during Epcot Food and Wine Festival at Waldorf Astoria Orlando and Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek.

Zeta Bar sign - Hilton Bonnet Creek

Zeta Bar sign

Sofa seating - Zeta - The Art of Sushi Pairing at Waldorf Astoria Orlando's Food and Wine Weekends

Guests can relax and dine at a table or sofa

Zeta Bar's sushi bar - The Art of Sushi Pairing at Waldorf Astoria Orlando's Food and Wine Weekends

The sushi bar at Zeta Bar

Chopsticks and napkin at Zeta - The Art of Sushi Pairing at Waldorf Astoria Orlando's Food and Wine Weekends

Place setting includes chopsticks, of course

Guests can take a seat at one of the tables, the sofas, bar or sushi bar (and watch the sushi being made by the chefs!).

The Art of Sushi Pairing menu at Waldorf Astoria Orlando's Food and Wine Weekends

The Art of Sushi Pairing menu

The Art of Sushi Pairing consisted of a five course bento box and three 3 oz. pairings of sake or wine. The bento box included wasabi peas; Hiyashi Wakame – seaweed salad with sesame seed, fresh cucumbers and traditional Hiyashi Wakame dressing; Goyza – crispy, fried pork dumplings; Tuna Tosami – sesame crusted seared tuna sashimi with Matsu dressing and crème de avocado with a hint of chili oil; Chilean Seasbass – miso-yaki-marinated broiled seabass in a miso-teriyaki sauce topped with scallion and sesame seed; and choice of 4 pieces of Tsunami roll – Tsunami-crab salad, tempura crunch, red snapper, lime, shiso pesto, micro cilantro and tobiko or Hawaiian roll – avocado, spicy tuna, salmon and cucumber.

The sake pairing - The Art of Sushi Pairing at Waldorf Astoria Orlando's Food and Wine Weekends

The sake pairing

The white wine pairing - The Art of Sushi Pairing at Waldorf Astoria Orlando's Food and Wine Weekends

White wine pairing

The wine pairing included two Rieslings and a Conudrum. The sake pairing was very interesting! There was a traditional dry sake, a sake with a hint of banana and a lychee sake.

Bento box - The Art of Sushi Pairing at Waldorf Astoria Orlando's Food and Wine Weekends

The bento box from Zeta’s The Art of Sushi Pairing

Tsunami roll - The Art of Sushi Pairing at Waldorf Astoria Orlando's Food and Wine Weekends

Tsunami roll

Hawaiian roll - The Art of Sushi Pairing at Waldorf Astoria Orlando's Food and Wine Weekends

Hawaiian roll

Chilean miso sea bass - The Art of Sushi Pairing at Waldorf Astoria Orlando's Food and Wine Weekends

Chilean miso sea bass

Seared Ahi Tuna Tosami - The Art of Sushi Pairing at Waldorf Astoria Orlando's Food and Wine Weekends

The Seared Ahi Tuna Tosami melted in your mouth

Fried pork dumplings - The Art of Sushi Pairing at Waldorf Astoria Orlando's Food and Wine Weekends

Fried pork dumplings

The Chilean sea bass was cooked perfectly. It had a nice sweet taste too it. The Tuna Tosami was one of the best preparations of tuna I’ve had in a long time. It just melted in your mouth! The crème de avocado sauce was a nice accompaniment. The sauce was light, creamy and added extra freshness to the dish. We both could have easily had more of it. Both of the sushis were fantastic. The Tsunami had a great contrast in texture with the addition of the tempura crunch. The lime gives the flavors a bit of a pop. You can never go wrong with the Hawaiian roll if you like sashimi. It’s covered with slices of salmon and tuna.

The service at the restaurant was fantastic! We never needed anything. She explained the wines, sake and dishes to us. Overall, this was an excellent experience. We left feeling full and completely satisfied with the meal. We’ll definitely be returning! For those who like sushi, we highly recommend checking this event out next year. We think you’ll enjoy as much as we did.

The Art of Sushi Pairing was $30 per person, plus tax and gratuity, but it does change from weekend to weekend, just like the menu.

Zeta Bar and Sushi Lounge is located at Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek and is open from 11 am – 2 am. Food is served until 1 am. Zeta features a Happy Hour from 5 pm – 7 pm that includes beverages, bar bites and signature maki rolls.

Disclaimer: We received the The Art of Sushi Pairing dinner complimentary from Waldorf Astoria. This in no impacts our review.

Have you dined at Zeta Bar or experienced the Art of Sushi Pairing at Waldorf Astoria Food and Wine Weekends? We’d love to hear about it!

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