Osprey Tavern – Baldwin Park

If you would indulge me for just a moment, I would like to start with a simple challenge to you the reader. Walk through the doors of The Osprey Tavern and try not to be impressed by what all of your senses are telling you. Located on the corner of Jake St and New Broad St in Baldwin Park, just a block from Lake Baldwin, this new bespoke concept from owner Jason Chin and executive chef Joseph Burnett is further elevating Orlando’s local dining experience.

Allow your eyes to wander as you enter the restaurant and soak in the beautiful space. The design aesthetic is hard to put a finger on, but I would describe it as cozy elegance. The wide open kitchen gives guests a fantastic view behind the curtain as the chefs work their magic. The bar is a great place for a craft cocktail with friends served up by some very talented tenders. The chef’s table near the back of the restaurant can accommodate parties of 12 and is walled on one side by the wine cellar, allowing you to see some of the many great choices on offer.

 

Our group started our meal with at least one item from each of the four starter categories. Our server Joey recommended a few choice wines that accented each. Our opening dishes included the Samish Bay Oysters, Crispy Sweetbreads, Charred Peel & Eat Shrimp, Hamachi and the all in-house prepared Charcuterie. We savored the presentation of each of these dishes for a few moments longer than at most restaurants because they looked as delicious as they tasted.

 

The trio of dinner plates started with the Florida Black Grouper, Trout, and Porchetta. Both fish were cooked perfectly and the trout had a very cool presentation. I was hoping for a slightly more generous fish portion, but the presentation and flavor is so good that you almost don’t care. Of the three dishes though, the Porchetta reigned supreme. Paired with roasted caraway carrots, muskmelon and marcona almonds, this dish is the de facto way to enjoy pork. Knowing how much time, skill, and effort went into creating this made it all the more memorable. Highly recommended!

After reading this article, I hope you will accept my challenge and visit Osprey Tavern. Everyone at the restaurant from my first greeting to my last good night was committed to making sure we had a great experience, and I know they’ll do the same for you.