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Jun 23, 2008 01:47 PM

Best sushi in Orlando?

I'll be in Orlando for business tomorrow through Thursday and I'm looking for a great sushi place. I did a search and it's hard to wade through all the different responses for different areas in Florida, but Zen seemed to come up a couple times.

Can anyone suggest the best sushi in Orlando? Thanks.

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  1. I just found another thread asking this exact same question.

    Some responses in that thread were Bonzai, Shari, Wazzabi and Amura. Can anybody recommend any of those?

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    1. re: whoopdido

      I wouldn't recommend Zen. I never had its sushi, but its Chinese food is bland but fresh, if you're talking about that place in the hotel. Shin Sushi on N. Orange Ave. is wonderful, owned by four sushi chefs. Amura downtown is excellent. Hanamizuki, on International Drive, is ultra authentic, but I haven't tried its sushi. Bonzai is only ok; it's a typical neighborhood place. Shari Sushi is fun partly because of its chic white decor. Wazzabi has a wild decor, loud music--the sushi is fun, but you go for the scene. Another keeper is the sushi bar located inside the Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress. It's owned and run by one guy; if he's not around, the place is closed.

      1. re: rudykins

        Rudykins, I always appreciate your input on local chow, but I must say if you haven't had the sushi, then it's not fair to say you wouldn't recommend the place for someone asking for sushi recs. I've had sushi at Zen, and I always recommend Zen for sushi because it's the best sushi I've had in any city. Just because it's not "know for it" doesn't mean it's not good, it only means no one has tried it. I find it far and away better than Amura. Wazzabi and Seito are fine, but nothing special either. The Zen Experience Roll is to die for. Try it. You'll like it.

        My second place re for sushi is Ichiban downtown. Fuji Sushi is good too.

        1. re: starbucksbrew

          I see your point, but since the restaurant's other food is a big and overpriced nothing, and whoopdido can only have one sushi meal in town, I recommended restaurants that I know are good. I figured others would chime in about Zen, and they did.

          1. re: starbucksbrew

            Went to Amura last night and was disappointed in most of the sushi, although one of the rolls was quite good. I like the Sushi offered in the lounges of the JW Marriot and Renaissance (seaworld) Marriot. Also I think the Sushi at the california grill is outstanding (but a very limited menu).

            1. re: herbert1

              You would rather eat sushi at a Hotel? instead of s Sushi Restaurant, you don't know anything about True Sushi then, you might as well go to Publix to get your sushi fix

              1. re: mikeReach

                the JW Marriott is a nice hotel, coupled with the grande lakes, and the Ritz Carlton, which has Normans, by Norman Van Aken.

                You'd be surprised how good the food is there. To say they would have publix sushi is an insult to all of the chefs that work at that areas establishment.

                1. re: herbert1

                  In my opinion quality sushi is all about the care and ability of the sushi chef that prepares it along with the freshness and quality of the ingredients used in the process. Where it is served is of little import to me. I will say that I recently had a california roll at the JW Marriott that I was disapointed in, and I haven't been to the Renaissance in quite some while, so I don't know if the sushi is still as good. I do know that the head sushi chef there got a promotion within the hotel and a new one is making the sushi.

              2. re: rudykins

                Amura's was very dissapointing to me. Friends raved about it but I felt the sashimi could have been fresher. The rolls did not excite me much in taste or in plating. It was very average.

              3. re: whoopdido

                Loved Wazzabi, but since finding Sieto in Winter Park-beats them all hands down. Our new fave. good luck

                1. re: vrsecond

                  I dined at Seito a couple of weeks ago and they tried to pawn off dyed white fish to me and call it Salmon. I almost called the police and the Department of Consumer Protection but figured it's wasn't worth the hassle.

                  Salmon isn't suppose to leave a puddle of pink liquid underneath it when you pick it up off the plate.

                2. re: whoopdido

                  Ok. I have been to 3 out of the four you listed above.

                  Amura to me, was over priced and pretencious. Wazzabi was solid, but none of their rolls really blew me away. Shari is the best choice. Their fish is super fresh and they have creative rolls. They have some dishes for non sushi eaters and this beef appetizer that is out of this world.

                  I forgot the name of the roll I liked, but saw some great pictures of it here def worth checking out

                  1408 Gay Rd, Winter Park, FL 32789

                  1. re: Maggie Larkin

                    I guess I differ from the norm, but when I eat a bite of that damn rolls royce roll at the amura on sand lake (not the other two), I close my eyes and the world blips right by. the servers could be the biggest pricks in the world, I'd never remember. I only go there for the fish & rice. :)

                3. Zen is really known for Chinese, not sushi. I just ate at Oishi Sushi right near SeaWorld at International Drive and Central Florida Parkway and it was very good. A nice list of cold and hot sakes and some very creative rolls, too. I find Amura to be good but a bit overpriced.

                  1. Seito Sushi in Baldwin Park is my current favorite... very fresh with a stellar wine and sake list. Far beyond most sushi joints.

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                    1. re: jadea3

                      I have to second Seito-it's my current favorite. They have a great variety...and honestly sometimes I find myself daydreaming about the Torchamaki! (Crawfish Roll with a torched white fish on the outside-very smokey and rich!)

                    2. I've enjoyed Ichiban (downtown Orlando near the corner of Orange Avenue and Central Boulevard), Fuji Sushi (Lee Road and 17-92 in Winter Park), and Wazzabi (the previously-mentioned trendy Japanese restaurant in Winter Park, on Gay Road and 17-92). Fuji is probably the least trendy/classy/high-end among them, and probably a little bit cheaper as a result, but their sushi was just as fresh and good as Wazzabi and Ichiban.

                      Also, if you like Vietnamese food as well, Lac Viet has a relatively new and outstanding sushi bar in addition to the best Vietnamese food in town. It's on Colonial Drive, a few blocks east of the main concentration of Vietnamese shops and restaurants around Mills Avenue.

                      1. Bikkuri sushi on east 50 near Vi-mi is very good and inexpensive. Looks like Bikkuri might be expanding it's small operation into a full service restaurant. Limited seating right now but the upstairs is being converted into a noodle house.

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                        1. re: rwmega

                          Shin was another one that came up in my search. Thanks for the suggestions. Hopefully I pick the right one.

                          1. re: whoopdido

                            I have been to all of the above, and i would say Fuji is the best of that bunch. BUT if you want real sushi, not americanized sushi than you need to go to Sushi Tomi out by John young and Sand Lake Rd. I have several friends that work for MItsubishi, adn a Japanes gentleman who works in my office and they all swear that Sushi Tomi is as close as you can get to the real thing they would eat in Japan. I have taken my co worker to the places above he says none of them even come close to Sushi Tomi. He said the second best was Shin followed by Sakura on Park Ave in Winter Park. If you go To sushi Tomi, get the tuna jaw, it is fantastic

                            1. re: fsupilam33

                              Well I decided to go to Shin and unfortunately I was disappointed. First of all the service was extremely slow. The waitress did say that it was busier than normal although the entire place is pretty small to begin with and it wasn't even full. She did take 2 drinks of our tab which was very nice. I'm not usually one to complain about slow service because I know that bad things happen from time to time, but it was very slow. When we got there there were 2 chefs working and by the time we left a 3rd came in so at least they figured out that they needed another chef.

                              Anyway, like I said in another thread on another board, I'm not the best at describing dining experiences, but the sushi just wasn't that great in my opinion. I mean it wasn't bad, but I was hoping for something better.

                              On the plus side it was pretty cheap. We had 4 beers (2 taken off the bill), miso soup, a dessert, shrimp tempura appetizer, 2 rolls and some toro nigiri and the total bill was only about $60.

                              Anyway, like I said, it wasn't terrible, but definitely not overly good.

                              1. re: whoopdido

                                Wow, I'm sorry to hear that--and really glad you let us know.

                              2. re: fsupilam33

                                I was just looking to see if Sushi Tomi had a website because I am doing a restaurant review for one of my classes and I came across this board. I am doing my review on Sushi Tomi as I love sushi and only discovered this place because it is right across the street from my school and I was on a long break from school and in the mood for sushi. Let me tell you, this is the BEST Sushi I have ever had. I am usually a little skeptical about eating in most places that are located in shopping plazas such as this one but this place proved me wrong. They are sooo nice there and so welcoming. The chef there is super fast too and it usually takes him about 10-15 minutes to make up your order. I must admit I haven't had very many different types of sushi or a whole lot of sushi in my life but a friend of mine who goes to school with me eats sushi all the time and she thought it was amazing. Their prices are very reasonable too. The two of us had, I believe, four different types of sushi, 6-8 pieces per type and it cost us about $18.00. I love it. Ive gone there several times since and Its only been 2 weeks since the first time I have went. haha. Sorry for such a long reply but Sushi Tomi deserves it.Now when we are on break, and not broke, we run over there and grab some Sushi to take back to class. I highly recommend it and I am quite picky. It is located on John Young, right behind 7 eleven at the other end of the Walmart. The st right there is called Commodity Circle. If you are familiar with where the Orlando Culinary Academy is, it is RIGHT across the street. From Sand Lake, going towards 528, take a left on John Young and it is your first light. Take a Left at the light, then the first left into the plaza. You won't be disappointed. Okay Im done, back to my paper. haha.