October 21, 2016

How we roll: 26 Orlando restaurants that slay the sushi game

With Orlando's close proximity to an abundance of sea life, there's no question that our sushi scene is on point. Here are a few of our favorite raw seafood slingers.

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Amura Downtown
54 W. Church St. |407-316-8500 
Situated on hopping Church Street, Amura is well aware that many customers have to come and go quickly during their lunch break. Their choices of sushi and sashimi are extensive and it might take you a while to choose, but we recommend the Nova salmon roll with kiwi sauce that makes each bite so sweet. 
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Amura Downtown
54 W. Church St. |407-316-8500

Situated on hopping Church Street, Amura is well aware that many customers have to come and go quickly during their lunch break. Their choices of sushi and sashimi are extensive and it might take you a while to choose, but we recommend the Nova salmon roll with kiwi sauce that makes each bite so sweet.

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Bento’s Cafe
151 South Orange Avenue |407-999-8989
Entering any Bento’s, you’ll find a menu stocked with rice and noodle bowls along with a multitude of bento boxes. Some people won’t notice it, but there’s another full menu with sushi options. Classics are there, but unique spins like the Lust roll will make you believe in love at first bite. 
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Bento’s Cafe
151 South Orange Avenue |407-999-8989

Entering any Bento’s, you’ll find a menu stocked with rice and noodle bowls along with a multitude of bento boxes. Some people won’t notice it, but there’s another full menu with sushi options. Classics are there, but unique spins like the Lust roll will make you believe in love at first bite.

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Bonsai Sushi
5174 Dr. Phillips Blvd. | 407-292-0333 
Small and quaint, this hidden gem offers a packed menu with a lot more filling than other sushi spots. Try the Dr. Phillips Roll with shrimp tempura, avocado and mango topped with mango puree and eel sauce. Large crowds are normal, so definitely make reservations beforehand. 
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Bonsai Sushi
5174 Dr. Phillips Blvd. | 407-292-0333

Small and quaint, this hidden gem offers a packed menu with a lot more filling than other sushi spots. Try the Dr. Phillips Roll with shrimp tempura, avocado and mango topped with mango puree and eel sauce. Large crowds are normal, so definitely make reservations beforehand.

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BayRidge Sushi
1000 W. State Road 434, Longwood | 407-331-0000
From the shores of Brooklyn comes this spot, which crowds up fairly quickly. Their menu isn’t numbingly long, making their focus on clean and simple rolls evident. You can always stick to the signature California or rainbow rolls if you’re not feeling too adventurous. 
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BayRidge Sushi
1000 W. State Road 434, Longwood | 407-331-0000

From the shores of Brooklyn comes this spot, which crowds up fairly quickly. Their menu isn’t numbingly long, making their focus on clean and simple rolls evident. You can always stick to the signature California or rainbow rolls if you’re not feeling too adventurous.

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Danketsu
11425 Lake Underhill Rd | 407-988-3093
Driving through Lake Underhill, you could easily miss this bomb Korean BBQ place. Although the meats are the main show, they also serve up a great amount of sushi and nigiri options. Their combinations range from simple sets of nigiri to rice bowls topped with sashimi garnished with seaweed and delectable sauces. 
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Danketsu
11425 Lake Underhill Rd | 407-988-3093

Driving through Lake Underhill, you could easily miss this bomb Korean BBQ place. Although the meats are the main show, they also serve up a great amount of sushi and nigiri options. Their combinations range from simple sets of nigiri to rice bowls topped with sashimi garnished with seaweed and delectable sauces.

Photo via danketsu407/ Instagram
Dragonfly Robata Grill & Sushi
7972 Via Dellagio Way | 407-370-3359
Even with the glossy wraparound sushi bar and the floor made out of corks, the food still reigns as the reason to go. Try the passion platter ($24) for a true testament to the slicing skills of the sashimi chefs or the melt-in-your-mouth yellowtail sashimi ($6). 
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Dragonfly Robata Grill & Sushi
7972 Via Dellagio Way | 407-370-3359

Even with the glossy wraparound sushi bar and the floor made out of corks, the food still reigns as the reason to go. Try the passion platter ($24) for a true testament to the slicing skills of the sashimi chefs or the melt-in-your-mouth yellowtail sashimi ($6).

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Fujiyama Sushi
10153 University Blvd. | 407-677-6888 
Hidden inside a shopping center near East Orlando suburbia, this sushi spot will leave your mouth oozing eel sauce as it drips down your lips creases. Their happy hour has a large range of rolls from the always safe chicken tempura to the crisped-to-perfection jaguar roll. Depending on how much you eat, about three to four rolls can cost you about $14 which is quite the deal. 
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Fujiyama Sushi
10153 University Blvd. | 407-677-6888

Hidden inside a shopping center near East Orlando suburbia, this sushi spot will leave your mouth oozing eel sauce as it drips down your lips creases. Their happy hour has a large range of rolls from the always safe chicken tempura to the crisped-to-perfection jaguar roll. Depending on how much you eat, about three to four rolls can cost you about $14 which is quite the deal.

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Izziban Sushi & BBQ
5310 E. Colonial Drive | 407-270-8811
Personal food challenges are some people’s idea of weekend fun and totally acceptable at Izziban. With wine pork belly to beef brisket and unlimited options of sushi like Las Vegas and Philly rolls, you won’t be mad adding an extra hour to your gym sesh. 
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Izziban Sushi & BBQ
5310 E. Colonial Drive | 407-270-8811

Personal food challenges are some people’s idea of weekend fun and totally acceptable at Izziban. With wine pork belly to beef brisket and unlimited options of sushi like Las Vegas and Philly rolls, you won’t be mad adding an extra hour to your gym sesh.

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Kabooki Sushi
3122 E. Colonial Drive | 407-228-3839
Located in a small strip mall, you wouldn't expect luxuriously-named rolls to come out of this spot. But the Louis Vuitton roll, filled with king crab and asparagus, topped with Italian black truffle salt and crème fraiche, and crowned with tempura and blow-torched wagyu beef is worth a try. It’s pretty pricey at ($17) but cheaper options are available. Make sure to reserve your seat beforehand. 
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Kabooki Sushi
3122 E. Colonial Drive | 407-228-3839

Located in a small strip mall, you wouldn't expect luxuriously-named rolls to come out of this spot. But the Louis Vuitton roll, filled with king crab and asparagus, topped with Italian black truffle salt and crème fraiche, and crowned with tempura and blow-torched wagyu beef is worth a try. It’s pretty pricey at ($17) but cheaper options are available. Make sure to reserve your seat beforehand.

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Morimoto Asia 
1600 Buena Vista Drive | 407-939-6686 
Disney springs glitzy new restaurant is worth visiting both for aesthetic reasons and the love of ocean’s finest delicacies. With a sushi bar serving up taro, hamachi, fluke and Japanese red snapper, you can definitely try things here you wouldn’t anywhere else in Orlando. We’d also recommend the sticky ribs combining umami flavors and BBQ if you want a filling add on. 
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Morimoto Asia
1600 Buena Vista Drive | 407-939-6686

Disney springs glitzy new restaurant is worth visiting both for aesthetic reasons and the love of ocean’s finest delicacies. With a sushi bar serving up taro, hamachi, fluke and Japanese red snapper, you can definitely try things here you wouldn’t anywhere else in Orlando. We’d also recommend the sticky ribs combining umami flavors and BBQ if you want a filling add on.

Photo via carolmkubs/ Instagram