REVIEW: Mardi Gras 2023 Brings the Taste of the Mediterranean to Universal CityWalk Orlando

Universal’s Mardi Gras: International Flavors of Carnaval 2023 has brought the Taste of the Mediterranean to CityWalk.

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Menu for Taste of the Mediterranean at Universal’s Mardi Gras: International Flavors of Carnaval 2023

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Food:

  • ๐Ÿ†• Crepe Suzette – $6.99
  • ๐Ÿ†• Grilled Octopus with Rice – $14.99

Beverages:

  • ๐Ÿ†• Francois Montand Brut Sparkling – $13
  • ๐Ÿ†• Bertrand Corbieres Heresie – $12
  • ๐Ÿ†• Mas La Chevaliere Cabernet Sauvignon – $16
  • ๐Ÿ†• French Wine Flight – $18.50
  • ๐Ÿ†• Monograph Agiorgitiko – $14
  • ๐Ÿ†• Monograph Assyrtiko – $16

Photos of Menu Items for Taste of the Mediterranean at Universal’s Mardi Gras: International Flavors of Carnaval 2023

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*NEW* Crepe Suzette – $6.99

topped with a Grand Marnier orange sauce

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This portion is small, but not bad for the price. They werenโ€™t our favorites but were pretty good. The orange isnโ€™t overpowering, it really just subtly completes the crepe. The dish is not anything that was truly  โ€œwowโ€ and might even be forgettable (if it werenโ€™t for the unforgettable sunset behind it).

*NEW* Grilled Octopus – $14.99

marinated grilled octopus with tomato, oregano, and lemon herb rice

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This dish comes with a huge piece of octopus and it’s undeniable that it is octopus.

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This is a great way to experience new dishes and try things outside of your comfort zone without the full commitment of dining in a restaurant. The octopus was tender and juicy and cooked perfectly. It wasnโ€™t rubbery or dried out or tough and it didnโ€™t have any kind of โ€œfishyโ€ taste, it was just nice and tender, almost like the texture of a scallop.

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The char on the outside was what did it for us. It gave the octopus just a slight crispness and charred taste that took it up a notch. Add in the tomato and rice and you have a winner.

*NEW* Francois Montand Brut Sparkling (ABV 11%) – $13

aromas of white flowers and citrus fruit give way to a creamy and smooth palate with flavors of freshly baked bread, golden delicious apples, and Meyer lemons

*NEW* Bertrand Corbieres Heresie (ABV 14%) – $12

a velvety texture with a balanced finish, notes of fresh fruit, morello cherry, wild raspberry, and spices

*NEW* Mas La Chevaliere Cabernet Sauvignon (ABV 13.5%) – $16

intense fruit concentration laced with developed tannic structure, good intensity and nice, juicy mouthfeel

*NEW* French Wine Flight – $18.50

Francois Montand Brut Sparkling, Bertrand Corbieres Heresie, Mas La Chevaliere Cabernet Sauv

*NEW* Monograph Agiorgitiko (ABV 12.5%) – $14

Nemea grapes present a smooth body and complex aroma of prickly pear, pomegranate and butterscotch

*NEW* Monograph Assyrtiko (ABV 12.5%) – $16

youthful with refreshing acidity with notes of citrus fruits, honeysuckle, lemongrass, and stone fruit with a touch of salinity

Universal’s Mardi Gras: International Flavors of Carnaval runs from February 4 through April 16. Let us know what you’re trying in the comments below!

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