K Restaurant in College Park occupies an old house. Kevin Fonzo, chef and owner, took the backyard and converted it into an herb and vegetable garden where many of the menu’s ingredients come from. K Restaurant has won many local awards and tops many Orlando dining lists.
Kevin and I met up with some friends on Friday evening to try out the menu, which changes daily. They also serve brunch and lunch.
Our meal began with bread and butter for the table. The butter contained herbs from the garden, which gave it a sweet and complex taste. It tasted great with the crusty bread.
I started out with the wild mushroom tart appetizer, which truly set the stage for a fresh and flavorful meal.
The crust was light, flakey and buttery. The mushrooms were beefy and held their own. The arugula and roasted tomatoes popped with flavor and tasted fresh from the garden.
For my main course, I ordered ricotta gnocci in a Bolognese sauce.
The portion was massive, and the pillows of potato and ricotta soaked up the chunky sauce. The huge pieces of pork and baby tomatoes gave the sauce a nice, hearty texture. I ate so much yet barely made a dent in the huge serving.
Kevin ordered the filet mignon over potatoes gratin in a red wine sauce. He said it was one of the best cuts of steak he’s ever had. I snuck a bite. The reduced wine sauce was velvety and decadent.
Also ordered at the table: tempura morels with truffle aioli.
They always offer a mac and cheese entree, which always changes. This evenings’ selection was made with three cheeses, sausage and olives. So rich but so delicious.
Tomato salad with prosciutto and fresh mozzarella.
Chocolate lava cake capped off our meal. Their dessert menu is also very extensive and everything looked amazing.
K Restaurant has a great atmosphere in the old house with a great menu and wine list. Most of their ingredients are locally sourced from small businesses, so you can also know you’re ordering straight from the community. I can’t wait to try their brunch next.