Universal’s Confisco Grille new menu offers global exploration of flavor

New menu items at Confisco Grille at Universal's Islands of Adventure, photo provided by Universal Orlando Resort
New menu items at Confisco Grille at Universal's Islands of Adventure, photo provided by Universal Orlando Resort /

As guests enter Universal’s Islands of Adventure, they know that their journey awaits. The Confisco Grille new menu explores global flavors on a tasty journey.

Before entering the various lands of Universal’s Islands of Adventure, the delicious Confisco Grille new menu beckons guests with a journey through bold, global flavors. While the menu has always had a slightly eclectic tone, these new menu items embrace the story behind the restaurant’s concept. If you have ever wanted to travel the globe through food, this Universal Orlando restaurant is the place.

Food trends and theme park trends show that guests want varied food choices during their visit. While the classics, like hamburgers and popcorn, will always be available, theme park food is embracing varied choices, too. From plant-based food offerings to special celebrity collaborations, many people visit theme parks for the food experiences as much as the thrill experiences.

The changes seen in the Confisco Grille new menu reflect that theme park guest who wants more flavorful, unique dishes. While this menu does reflect a journey around the globe, the menu and the flavors are approachable. This menu might be an opportunity to try something new, even though it might be slightly outside a comfort zone.

For example, one of the new menu items is the Banh Mi sandwich is a big, bold bite yet not intimidating. The luscious pork belly is paired with pickled carrots, daikon radish and a chili aioli. The perfect French baguette highlights all the other flavors. It is a journey through flavors and textures.

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Banh Mi sandwich at Confisco Grille, photo provided by Universal Orlando Resort /

In contrast to the Banh Mi, the Chicken Curry Chakra is a Caribbean inspired dish that showcases curry is a global flavor. With coconut jasmine rice, the depth of flavors comes through in each bite. From the sweetness of the carrots to the texture from the peppers, this dish shows how curry can be quite approachable yet complex.

For hearty dish, the Sweet and Sour Sticky Ribs served over goat cheese polenta will have guests licking their fingers after each bite. The Pilipino inspired dish features the smoked ribs that are delightful. The pungent goat cheese polenta balances the sweet and sour glaze.

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Sesame Seared Tuna at Confisco Grille, photo provided by Universal Orlando Resort /

Perfect on a warm Florida day, the Chilled Tuna Noodle Bowl will quickly become a guest favorite. The sesame seared yellowfin tuna sits on top of bowl of soba noodles. The wasabi-ponzu is the perfect umami punch that makes each bite even more enjoyable.

Lastly, the grilled lamb meatballs are quite surprising. While meatballs might sound hearty on a warm day, the brightness of the other elements make this dish refreshing. From the tzatziki to the cucumber tomato relish, this dish is delightful.

The Confisco Grille new menu items are available now. The full-service restaurant is located at Islands of Adventure at Universal Orlando Resort.

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