Lake Ivanhoe Village is a quaint neighborhood in Orlando filled with antique shops and cozy restaurants along Orange Avenue. One such eatery took over the space when Ethos Vegan Kitchen relocated to Winter Park. The Hammered Lamb has made great use of the space by adding an outdoor bar and dining area while the inside is anything but inviting.
The Hammered Lamb to me comes across more as an alcohol haven and the food is merely an afterthought. The indoor area has only a small handful of tables surrounded by a pool table and a large bar.
However, my friend Chad and I visited on a perfect Florida winter day just after 1pm and chose a table in the outdoor dining area. The space feels tropical with tables flanked by Florida foliage and heat lamps. There is nothing better than sitting outside on a chilly Florida evening enjoying a beverage under one of those powerful heat lamps.
But on to the reason why we were here- the food. We started with the red pepper hummus served with crostini. The hummus was delicious- flavorful and slightly spicy.
The menu is small- sandwiches, salads, flatbreads and appetizers. Despite its size, there is something for everyone’s tastes and dietary needs. We tried the veggie quesadillas as well. Sweet potatoes, black beans, spinach, goat cheese, peppers and onions topped with tomato confit and served with a side of chipotle cream sauce. The quesadillas were rich and hearty. Delicious.
Chad and I also decided to split the gourmet grilled cheese sandwich. Challah bread filled with fontina, cheddar, goat cheese, apples and spinach. It’s a lot of cheese (which one would expect from a “grilled cheese”) but very little of the apples and spinach. There was nothing unique about this sandwich.
The accompanying potato salad was tart and creamy. It would be a perfect companion to the lamb flatbread or the shredded chicken sandwich. Something salty.
We liked The Hammered Lamb but I am not sure it is a place we would frequent for food- the menu is very limited. If the temperature is right, the outdoor patio is perfect for a beverage. However, for those super humid summer days I am not sure I would feel comfortable in the fraternity-ish indoor atmosphere. Parking is hard to find in the area as well. However, the restaurant is worth a visit when you have the time to enjoy the outdoors and maybe a beer or two.