Eastside Asian Market
Address12950 E. Colonial Drive
CityOrlando
Phone407-615-8881
Price$$
Scott's Review
An Asian market with a corner set aside for a vegetarian cafe. Yes, everything is vegetarian. As a sign next to the menu says, "Deal with it."... Read more
El Buda Latin Asian Restaurant
Address116 W. Church St.
CityOrlando
Phone407-203-8171
Price$$$
Scott's Review
A true fusion cuisine restaurant from Roberto Treviño, with Latin and Asian touches melded together. So you might have Chimichanga Eggrolls or Peking Duck Nachos. Or Congri Fried Rice. It's inventive, and even better, most of it works.... Read more
Hawkers Asian Street Fare
Address1103 N. Mills Ave.
CityOrlando
Phone407-237-0606
Price$
Scott's Review

The name Hawkers makes sense once you know the concept, and it only sounds odd if pronounced by someone with a Boston accent.

The idea behind this charming little eatery is to present an array of dishes the type of which might be sold -- hawked -- by individuals who stake out space on the sidewalks and streets of various Asian cities but with, you know, stricter health department guidelines.

I’m resisting the urge to describe the dishes as tapas-like, but most of the menu items are “small plate” in nature. And the best way to experience Hawkers Asian Street Fare is the same as you would a tapeo, except instead of doing a tapas crawl, you might virtually wander these Asian streets and sample a number of delectable items. Try the banh mi sliders (I had the duck version; delicious) and the five spice pork choplettes. The curry Laksa is a wonderful and colorful bowl of myriad flavors with chicken, shrimp and big fat egg noodles.

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Izziban Sushi and BBQ
Address5310 E Colonial Drive
CityOrlando
Phone407-270-8811
Price$$
Scott's Review
This is undoubtedly the largest sushi restaurant I’ve ever seen. Izziban Sushi & BBQ occupies a warehouse sized building on the shore of Lake Barton, which lies between Semoran Boulevard and Orlando Executive Airport. There have been a few failed businesses here, including a gay bar. There is an immense indoor dining area and a couple of very large sushi bars, including one that is shaped like the bow of a big boat. There is also a large covered patio, screened in but with nice views of the lake and planes taking off from the airport. Its rusticity is more suitable for the type of fried foods you’d find at fish camps, but it isn’t inappropriate for sushi to be associated with a waterfront locale. And sushi isn’t all that is done here. The kitchen food menu is also rather sizable, and if you so choose, your table can be the kitchen, as most of them have built-in griddles and devices that can be used for grilling meats or hot-pot cooking. The cuisines range from Japanese to Korean.... Read more
Jade Sushi & New Asian
Address2425 Edgewater Drive
CityOrlando
Phone407-422-7968
Price$$
Scott's Review
I wanted Jade Sushi & New Asian to be better than it was. I expected it, in fact. Unfortunately, it was a complete disappointment.... Read more
Kai Asian Street Fare
Address1555 State Road 436
CityWinter Park
Phone407-821-3430
Price$
Scott's Review
Oh goodie, another "street fare" restaurant. How did eating foods sold on the street become the hot trend for off-street restaurants? And, more importantly, when will it finally fizzle? I suppose it won't as long as there are restaurants that do the street thing as well as Kai does.... Read more
King Bao
Address710 N. Mills Ave
CityOrlando
Phone407-237-0013
Price$
Scott's Review
King Bao is the latest to step up to the current trend of serving bao, the Asian taco-like food delivery devices fashioned out of puffy steamed dough that resemble overweight, pale tortillas. Just like any other bread, the dough itself isn’t the main feature; it’s what goes inside that counts. King Bao’s menu has just two main sections: baos and tots. Because if there is any other food item that is currently as trendy as bao it’s totted potatoes.... Read more
Morimoto Asia
Address1600 Buena Vista Drive
CityLake Buena Vista
Phone407-939-6686
Price$$$
Scott's Review
For the uninitiated — or those who don’t follow challenge cooking shows — Masaharu Morimoto is a star of the programs Iron Chef in Japan and its spinoff Iron Chef America. He has several restaurants that bear his name around the world, including in Mumbai, New Delhi, Philadelphia, New York and Mexico City. Those restaurants are named simply Morimoto and feature the chef’s signature Japanese cuisine. (The nearest Morimoto is in Boca Raton.) The Disney Springs restaurant is Morimoto Asia to distinguish it from the other restaurants. Technically, the restaurant is operated by the Patina Restaurant Group, which also has the two restaurants at Epcot’s Italy pavilion as well as others throughout the country, including Lincoln at New York’s Lincoln Center. My sources told me that the Disney restaurant started out to be a genuine Morimoto but that the chef became disenchanted with the bureaucracy and chose to continue under a licensing agreement. ... Read more
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