I had the most wonderful experience at the JW Marriott in Orlando (known for their tropical pool area and lazy river). I was staying at the Ritz-Carlton next door for a conference and headed over to the JW Marriott one night to try some sushi.
I sat at the bar, which was beautiful. I noticed a few other solo diners, probably other people traveling on business, and I was immediately greeted by Roberto. He took my drink order and handed me the sushi menu. To be safe I usually just order tuna with avocado and no sauce. I never ever expect that a place will have gluten-free soy sauce, however, I always ask (nicely of course).
Roberto was gone a while and when he came back he had a bottle of Tamari (gluten-free soy sauce) in his hands. I was SO HAPPY. I wasn’t expecting gluten-free soy sauce at all and it was such a great treat!
My dinner was a great experience. My sushi was perfect not too chewy and perfect portions. The servers were so nice. I had one or two others stop by to check on me. I couldn’t believe the amazing service.
When it was time to close out my check Roberto was nowhere to be found. Within 5 minutes he came back with a brown paper bag full of gluten-free biscuits, donuts and muffins. I couldn’t believe it. He had gone into their refrigerator to see what type of gluten-free goodies they had to give me. It was such a nice gesture and perfect to have with me for the duration of my trip. It was probably $30 worth of gluten-free goodness that he would not allow me to pay for.
Who would have thought that a place known for their lazy river and luxurious pool would also be so hospitable for those of us with gluten issues.