Disclosure: I was hosted by Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress and its awesome new restaurant, LakeHouse, to give you fine folks the scoop on why you need to visit. I was not asked to state a particular point of view and all opinions are my own!
The last time my family visited Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress in Orlando, Florida, we were thoroughly impressed. Its rooms are spacious and the patio views stunning, and we really enjoyed the in-house restaurant, Cascade American Bistro. On our recent trip to the resort, however, the restaurant was completely revamped with an entire new look, feel, and name- and enticing menu. Now LakeHouse, the restaurant’s menu and vibe perfectly match the resort’s laid back, yet classy, feel and we couldn’t have been more pleased with our meals.
Taking cues off Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress’s Lake Windsong, the restaurant has a classy but beachy look and feel in its retro styling. Oranges and blues (the color of Orlando sunsets, after all) give colorful notes to the restaurant’s white and light wood base.
The table settings go perfectly with LakeHouse’s decor and it’s all of these attention to details that gave us a welcoming vibe. Even with all of the brighter shades of color used, the space feels super homey.
The Main Event
A good thing to do when you’re visiting a restaurant for the first time is to ask the wait staff and chef what menu items they order- and that’s exactly what we did. Their first suggestion? Try the sushi. Makimono Rolled Sushi, of course. My husband and teen are huge fans of sushi, a couple of rolls was the obvious choice for our meal starters. Dancing Eel, Shrimp Tempura, and Caterpillar Rolls were brought to our table in a gorgeous presentation. There are folks that think all sushi is raw and that’s simply not the case; two out of the three rolls use cooked fish and seafood. The verdict? Both Mr. Locke and The Kid agreed it was some of the best sushi they’ve ever eaten and would visit the restaurant again in a hot minute for another round.
Me? I like what I like- and that generally involves chicken dishes. Filled with large pieces of white meat chicken, farm stand veggies, and topped with a rich, buttery puff pastry, it was delicious from top to bottom. The Kid loved the flakiness of the puff pastry (we love sharing at dinner) and I loved how fresh the dish tasted.
While my daughter was happily satisfied with her sushi rolls, Mr. Locke had his eye on the Sea Bass. Citrus butter sauce, spiced kale, and red pepper julienne all on a bed off lemon butter orzo put my husband in seafood heaven. The dish wasn’t overly massive, but just the right size for an entree, and its presentation flawless.
And for Dessert?
Life’s always a little sweeter with dessert and indulging with decadence is fun when w’re on vacation. Classic Double Fudge Cake, made with buttermilk, layered with a rich chocolate ganache, and served with fresh berries and a scoop of vanilla ice cream was a perfect ending to a delicious meal. The cake was super rich and chocolaty (just as you’d expect it to be) and the berries and ice cream cut the sweetness of the dessert.
In addition to the cake, the LakeHouse staff really insisted we try one of its signature desserts: Peanut Butter Brownie Sundae. This one’s large enough for two adults to share and has two scoops of vanilla ice cream, house-made butterscotch, peanut butter sauce, and nit bark all on a warm, decadent chocolate brownie.
In a Nutshell
Our meal was only a delicious sample of what the restaurant has to offer, and its full menu ranges from seafood and beef to chicken and sushi with creative appetizers and salads as well. I would recommend LakeHouse to anyone visiting the Orlando area in a heartbeat.
Hours of operation: 7 AM – 10 PM
Menu: 7 AM – 11:30 AM, all week
Buffet: 7 AM – 11:30 AM, Mon – Fri. 7 AM – Noon, Sat & Sun
11:30 AM – 3 PM, All week
3 PM – 6 PM, All week
6 PM – 10 PM
Resort Casual, no bathing suits please.