Anaelle and Hugo THIS RESTAURANT IS CLOSED Anaelle & Hugo


7533 W. Sand Lake Rd. (I-4)
Orlando, FL 32819
Cuisine: French / Contemporary
Modern European ambience, French-Contemporary cuisine, notable wine list.
Openings: Lunch Mon.-Fri., Dinner nightly, Brunch Sun.


THIS RESTAURANT IS CLOSED Anaelle & Hugo Restaurant Review:

Disney graduates opened this eclectic eatery along Orlando's Restaurant Row, naming it for their two children---chef Francis Metais' daughter, Anaelle, and co-founder Jean-Philippe Simonet's son, Hugo. Located in a busy strip mall, the two Frenchmen have created a contemporary European ambience with a sleek piano bar, mahogany tables and chairs, mirrored walls and a splash of color in the art and striped banquettes. There's often a crowd at the bar for the trendy martinis. Start with one of its unusual flatbreads, on a flaky, croissant-inspired crust, with toppings like Swiss chard and walnuts. Entrées are straightforward presentations, from sea bass to roasted duck breast. It's more fun to make a meal of the appetizers, salads and sides---a generous arugula salad with roasted beets is a favorite, along with the squash cream soup. A solid wine list offers flights and plenty of choices by the glass. Perhaps the best part of the meal is dessert: we devoured the assorted mini ice cream sandwiches and a plate of petit fours. Open for Sunday brunch, the lively spot features live jazz, a substantial buffet and à la carte menu.