Urban Hibachi Sushi + Grill
Urban Hibachi Sushi + Grill, a minichain with three locations spread across Greater Orlando, is really slick. Or at least the Oviedo location I visited is. The decor is bright and modern with minimalist decorations.
I think maybe I just misordered....
|Address||15 Alafaya Woods Blvd.|
Victorio's Oyster Bar and Grille
The oysters were nice and cold and a decent medium size -- not too small and not too big as to be intimidating. They weren’t shucked very well, and I had to pull the meat away from the shell with my fork, which resulted in leaving some behind. The shucker has the sharp knife, and after using it to pry open the shell he should slice under the muscle to completely free it.
From the list of Italian dinners I had focused on the eggplant parmigiana, and I was happy to see that it was available in an appetizer portion for $7.99. And that was just the right size, too. The eggplant was a bit seedy, but the flavors of the tomato sauce and herbs and gooeyness of the mozzarella cheese were all very pleasant, though that isn't a word I would use to describe the service.
There are other locations; check the website....
|Address||1500 Alafaya Trail|
Now comes Yuki Hana, which would like to be known as a “Japanese Fusion” restaurant, though truthfully I don’t know what’s being fused here. It’s all pretty much straight sushi bar offerings along with traditional Japanese kitchen foods. Fusion seems to be one of those words like gastropub that people like to use even when they don’t know the meaning.
Yuki Hana is an attractive restaurant, modern and well appointed, with a large wavy wall-art logo behind the sushi bar, leather stools and chairs, dark wood tabletops, and bubble light fixtures. Also, the inevitable flatscreen televisions hanging about.
For my lunch visit, I chose the sushi combo, which featured five pieces of nigirizushi and a spicy tuna roll.
The nigiri featured most of the usual sushi suspects: tuna, salmon, escolar, snapper. And one that isn’t so common: tilapia. We see tilapia on a number of menus because it is an inexpensive fish. (We also don’t see it sometimes -- it’s common for unscrupulous chefs to foist it off as snapper.) Featuring it as a chef’s selection for the combo conveys a message of cheapness.
That said, the nigiri were well prepared and presented and were the perfect temperature. The s...
|Address||3635 Aloma Ave.|