Any Sushi Fans? Orlando
Ok, where is the BEST sushi in Orlando/Kissimmee area?
This does not need to be the most trendy, or fanciest decorations, or whatever, just the BEST food---ie freshest fish, classic Japanese offerings--maybe some rolls to appeal to American tastes, but generally just excellent nigiri/sashimi.
Amura keeps coming up on search sites---looks a bit overdone on the trendy scale to me (Tuna with Gold leaf?? and probably Korean influenced), but if the food actually is up to par then let me know. Also, I like traditional presentations/trained Japanese sushi chef if possible.
As far as I know (just based on one time I tried calling in advance), Wazzabi only accepts reservations for their grill room, but not for the main restaurant. It is an awesome place, though. It's popular and rather high on the trendy scale, but great food just the same.
Surprisingly, I've had nothing but outstanding sushi at the brand-new sushi bar at Lac Viet, the best Vietnamese restaurant in Orlando's "ViMi" area along Colonial Drive. They have a very creative menu and a top-notch sushi chef over there.
California Grill has excellent sushi, but the menu is pretty small. No urchin or roe on the menu. Individual nigiri or sashimi is not on the menu but you can order it individually. The unagi is fabulous. The JW Marriott on John Young and the Renassance Marriott by seaworld both have excellent sushi bars.
5174 Dr Phillips Blvd
Orlando, FL 32819
Bonsai is a smaller place, cute, neat and clean. Great food, some of the freshest and best sushi in town. Great rolls, nigiri and sashimi. Craving something not on their menu, ask the sushi chef (owner). Owners are always working, very nice.
Wazzabi in Winter Park does a nice job, I was just there 2 weeks ago enjoying their food. VooDooLou is 100% on, they still don't take reservations for their main restaurant, but they do for their cooking table room, which means no sushi unless you are eating it as apps.
Both places are open for lunch and dinner.
You should definitely try Shin Sushi on North Orange Ave. in Orlando, next door to Citrus. It's exceptional.
Shari Sushi in Thorton Park is fantastic.
Amura is another favorite--they have a downtown Orlando location but I've only been to the Lake Mary location.
I certainly echo the sentiments of the fellow Chowhounders who posted here -- Wazzabi and Shari have yet to let me down. I also look forward to checking out Bonsai (the second time I've heard it mentioned this week); however I write to add the sushi bar in the Hyatt Grand Cypress to this list. I'd only recommend it if you like incredibly fresh sushi (nigiri and sashimi specifically) in a hotel lobby setting. The prices are reasonable, but the "cooked roll" selection is non-existant and the roll selection is sparse. Nevertheless, chef Yoshi is incredibly capable and the fish is some of the best I've enjoyed in central Florida.