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$$$
Scott's Review
For the uninitiated — or those who don’t follow challenge cooking shows — Masaharu Morimoto is a star of the programs Iron Chef in Japan and its spinoff Iron Chef America. He has several restaurants that bear his name around the world, including in Mumbai, New Delhi, Philadelphia, New York and Mexico City. Those restaurants are named simply Morimoto and feature the chef’s signature Japanese cuisine. (The nearest Morimoto is in Boca Raton.) The Disney Springs restaurant is Morimoto Asia to distinguish it from the other restaurants. Technically, the restaurant is operated by the Patina Restaurant Group, which also has the two restaurants at Epcot’s Italy pavilion as well as others throughout the country, including Lincoln at New York’s Lincoln Center. My sources told me that the Disney restaurant started out to be a genuine Morimoto but that the chef became disenchanted with the bureaucracy and chose to continue under a licensing agreement. ... Read more
Osphere
Address407 E. Central Blvd.
CityOrlando
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Scott's Review
The space on Lake Eola now occupied by the curiously named Osphere – previously the home of Spice Modern and, more famously, Lake Eola Yacht Club – has one of the best patios in town, an even more covetous feature in these days of outdoor-preferred dining.... Read more
Oz Asian
Address3579 Lake Emma Road
CityLake Mary
Phone407-807-7183
Price$$
Scott's Review
A quick-serve assemblage restaurant.... Read more
Soseki Modern Omakase
Address955 W. Fairbanks Ave.
CityWinter Park
PhoneNone
Price$$$$
Scott's Review
Small – and very expensive – high-end sushi bar.... Read more
Sticky Rice
Address1915 E. Colonial Drive
CityOrlando
Phone321-800-6352
Price$
Scott's Review
There are several restaurants in the area that specialize in Asian street fare, but Sticky Rice sticks to the foods of Laos. The title dish comes in a plastic bag instead of a bamboo steamer as it might on the streets of Vientiane, but you eat it the same, by pulling off a bit with your fingers and dipping it into one of the provided sauces.... Read more
Tako Cheena
Address932 N. Mills Ave.
CityOrlando
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Scott's Review

Tako Cheena is the new concept from Pom Moongauklang, owner of of the popular Pom Pom’s sandwicherie. The name is a tongue-in-cheek reference to the type of food featured, tacos, and Moongauklang’s Asian heritage (she was born in Thailand). She combines Latin and Asian into true fusion cuisine.

It’s also pretty darned tasty. Moongauklang has a talent for making complex foods look simple, and for taking simple flavor combinations and giving them layers and textures that make them seem complex. It isn’t surprising that she worked at New York’s famed Nobu restaurant.

The menu is short. It offers a featured empanada and a roster of takos. I sampled an array of takos, and I liked every one of them. My favorite was the panko crusted cod, which had bite-sized nuggets of fish in the soft flour tortilla garnished with scallions and mixed cabbage. What really brought out the flavors, though, was the lusciously thick sweet and sour sauce that not only gave it a great taste but also made it look so pretty.

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Takumi-tei
Address1780 N. Avenue of the Stars
CityLake Buena Vista
Phone407-827-8504
Price$$$$
Scott's Review
Opened in July, 2020, this elegant dinner-only occupies a previously under utilized space at the Japan pavilion in Epcot. As with the other restaurants at the pavilion, Takumi-tei is operated by Mitsukoshi, the Tokyo-based department store.... Read more