What do you get when you mix a top sushi restaurant with a great burger joint? You get The Cowfish of course - Universal Orlando CityWalk's newest dining attraction!
I arrived at the Loews Royal Pacific Resort just in time to change out of my driving clothes and join all of my girlfriends to check out The Cowfish for dinner. Now, I say that I like sushi... but I am more of a COOKED sushi kind of girl. I figured I would just get a burger to be on the safe side and I would be good to go. We loaded up on the water taxi and headed over to CityWalk. A quick ride and a short walk and we were sitting down ready to roll - pun intended. It was then that I realized I was absolutely starving. I was so excited about this trip that I grabbed Chipotle in Tallahassee (my go to travel food), but that had long worn off.
The Cowfish® is a one-of-a-kind dining experience, thriving on its ability to fuse two niche products seamlessly on the same menu. Fresh, innovative and delicious, the sushi segment of the menu is far beyond what you’re accustomed to. All natural, creative and hearty, the burgers entice with fresh, never frozen, ingredients and bold flavors. Spiked hand-spun milkshakes, premium sakes, craft beers, wine and 10oz exotic martinis round out a huge bar menu that is sure to please. The Cowfish® aims to offer something for the entire family. Scrumptious appetizers for sharing, entree-sized salads, homemade desserts and a fun kid's menu. If you can't make up your mind, try a bento box to sample a mini-burger along with your choice of sushi roll and three tasty side items!
The inside of the place is so cool. There is a big pasta aquarium that I think someone said was featured on Tanked, and then a huge digital fish tank as well where you can "build your own fish" that you can then see "swimming" throughout the restaurant. How cool is that!? I was totally wishing my girls were there for that - I think they would have loved building their own little fish!
Because this was a Girlfriends Getaway, we began... with cocktails of course! After 7 hours on the road - this was just exactly what I needed.
I perused the menu for a while - unsure of what to order. Like I said, I am normally a COOKED sushi kind of girl but I was feeling adventurous. I turned the page to find Burgushi - The Cowfish signature menu items with are a cutting-edge fusion of burger and sushi and include sushi rolls created using burger components, and pick-up style sandwiches created using sushi ingredients. I decided to go for Doug's Filet Roll - after all that is my Daddy's name, so that is safe right? I did decide to forego the masago after I googled it... just sayin.
It was delicious. Truth be told I could have drank whatever that stuff was in the little bowl - but it was all fantastic. The filet was cooked perfectly and the spicy mayo with that sauce in the bowl were fantastic. It had that sweet/spicy/savory thing going on all at one time. Joy ordered a Bento Box so she could try a little of everything... I admit I began taste testing off hers too after I gobbled down my own. The cucumber salad alone was enough to make me want to go back for more.
Then however came the desserts... and if I had not already fallen in love with this place, it may have happened right at this moment. I was so very thankful to not be in a round of whole30 when this arrived to the table.
It is tough for me to say which one I loved most - the Yummy Roll or the East West - which is a keylime and mandarin orange cheesecake with an Oreo cookie crust. It just further proved that The Cowfish has figured out the perfect way to blend flavors together in absolute harmony.
The Cowfish is open seven days a week and is perfect for a date night or a dinner out with the family. Since it is right on CityWalk it is also the perfect way to end your night after a full day of park hopping! Check out more details along with their complete menu on their website.