Support local journalism. Join the Orlando Weekly Press Club.

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Three dishes (and one cocktail) that make the drive to Chroma Modern Bar + Kitchen worth it

Posted By on Thu, Feb 9, 2017 at 10:31 AM

click to enlarge Skillet roasted clams - PHOTO COURTESY CHROMA
  • Photo courtesy Chroma
  • Skillet roasted clams
It's going to take you about 45 minutes to drive from Downtown Orlando to Chroma Modern Bar + Kitchen, nestled in the Medical City section of Lake Nona. But it'll be worth it.

The restaurant somehow manages to merge modern with cozy – you'll be happy to sit there for an hour or two and take in as many new-American fusion tapas as you can. Here are three of our favorites, plus one of their garden-to-glass craft cocktails we swooned over on our last visit.



1. Skillet Roasted Clams ($11)
Surprisingly meaty littleneck clams are steamed and drowned happily in butter, garlic, thyme and a little citrus (shown, above). The crusty bread should not be used as a vehicle for the bivalve, but should be saved to mop up all the buttery deliciousness at the bottom.
click to enlarge Roasted bone marrow - PHOTO COURTESY CHROMA
  • Photo courtesy Chroma
  • Roasted bone marrow

2.  Roasted Bone Marrow ($13)
I'm reading Trevor Noah's memoir Born a Crime right now, and in it he talks about how when he was a kid growing up in apartheid South Africa, he used to eat bone marrow because there was nothing else available that his mother could afford. Now, when he goes out to a chichi restaurant and someone's like, "Oh, you must try the bone marrow. It's divine," he's like, "...wut?" The split shin bone at Chroma really is divine though — the marrow spreads like butter on the crusty bread, and whatever fat is left pooling at the bottom of the bone should be sopped up with some of the bread, or funneled straight into your mouth.

click to enlarge Lamb ribs - PHOTO COURTESY CHROMA
  • Photo courtesy Chroma
  • Lamb ribs
3. Lamb Ribs ($11)
The fatty, meaty morsels are settled on top of Korean-style daikon and carrot pickles, a nice foil to the unctuous charred meat. There have been plenty of lamb ribs in my life before, but none as satisfying as these. Typically, you'll get some skinny ribs and then a couple of thick ones to balance it out, but all four of the ribs that came on this plate were worth going full caveman and gnawing down to the bone.

click to enlarge Teatime Collins - PHOTO COURTESY CHROMA
  • Photo courtesy Chroma
  • Teatime Collins
4. Bonus Cocktail: Teatime Collins ($10) Tom Collins' are generally the archetypal old-man drink, but the addition of fresh chamomile-infused simple syrup and a little muddled ginger elevate this classic. This is the kind of drink you'll want to sip on one of those repressively humid summer days we're about to be reintroduced to. The only thing that could make this drink better is if it came in an unlimited pitcher for brunch.

Chroma Modern Bar + Kitchen
6967 Lake Nona Blvd.
407-955-4340
chromalakenona.com

Tags: , , , , , , ,

We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Orlando Weekly. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Orlando Weekly, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.

Email us at feedback@orlandoweekly.com.

Support Local Journalism.
Join the Orlando Weekly Press Club

Local journalism is information. Information is power. And we believe everyone deserves access to accurate independent coverage of their community and state. Our readers helped us continue this coverage in 2020, and we are so grateful for the support.

Help us keep this coverage going in 2021. Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing membership pledge, your support goes to local-based reporting from our small but mighty team.

Join the Orlando Weekly Press Club for as little as $5 a month.

Newsletters

Never miss a beat

Sign Up Now

Subscribe now to get the latest news delivered right to your inbox.

Read the Digital Print Issue

November 24, 2021

View more issues

Calendar

© 2021 Orlando Weekly

Website powered by Foundation