Shin Japanese Cuisine
Address803 N. Orange Ave.
CityOrlando
Phone407-648-8000
Price$$
Scott's Review
The quality of the food has improved, and that quality and the price charged for it are more closely aligned. My guest and I ordered some edamame to nibble on for a starter. I ordered the Shin lunch set and my friend chose a combination of three rolls from a list of about 15 options, a pretty good deal for $15.... Read more
Shin Jung
Address1638 E. Colonial Drive
CityOrlando
Phone407-895-7345
Price$$
Currently closed due to fire. Shin Jung has been in this little old house (remember when it was a place called Chubby’s?) for a long time, but I hadn’t stopped in for years. When I did recently I found terrfic food and friendly servers. Not the prettiest place in town – it’s a rundown looking old house that could seriously use some redecorating – but the important thing here is the food. And it’s good enough to have earned my 2007 Foodie Award for Best Korean Food.... Read more
Soco
Address629 E. Central Blvd.
CityOrlando
Phone407-849-1800
Price$$$
Scott's Review
The latest buzz generator in downtown Orlando restaurants is Soco, the first "from scratch" restaurant from Thornton Park Restaurant Group. The menu is Southern contemporary (which is why it's called Soco) and highlights include a stylized vesrion of chicken and dumplings and a three-meat-blend meatloaf on lobster mashed potatoes.... Read more
Sodo Sushi Bar and Grill
Address25 W. Crystal Lake Street
CityOrlando
Phone407-286-4225
Price$$
Scott's Review
Sodo has a new sushi bar and grill. It’s called Sodo Sushi Bar and Grill. It took over the space of the oft troubled Olv, whose name had no hidden meaning or acronymic message. Sodo, or SoDo, is shorthand for south of downtown, which is where it is. And that’s a good place for this new restaurant, too, because there aren’t any other sushi joints anywhere nearby. Bars and grills, yes, but not sushi bars and grills. All that seems to have been required to transform the Olv space into a sushi restaurant was to plop a refrigerated case on top of the bar. Voila — or dekiagari, as they say in Japan — sushi bar. ... Read more
Strand
Address807 N. Mills Ave.
CityOrlando
Phone
Price$$
Scott's Review
The menu is simple and straightforward but hits several appropriate notes. Steak frites, grilled chicken and crab cakes for more substantial entrees and burgers and sandwiches for something snackier. Fish and chips are worth having.... Read more
Stubborn Mule
Address100 S. Eola Avenue
CityOrlando
Phone407-730-3400
Price$$
Scott's Review
The folks who own RusTeak, the casual bistro with locations in Ocoee and College Park, have taken over the corner restaurant/bar space in the Sanctuary Condominiums building in downtown Orlando and installed the Stubborn Mule. This space most recently was occupied by Sonoma Kitchen, which originally was called Sonoma Draught House, and before that was a place called Beacon. If you’re a fan of the food at RusTeak, you’ll probably like what you taste at the Stubborn Mule. That’s not to say the menus are identical, but they do both have the same feel and approach to casual American cuisine. The Mule’s menu is smaller, something that isn’t unexpected considering that this is a smaller venue and the focus here, as with previous occupants, is more to offer edible sustenance to go with the sloshable quaffs. Indeed, the restaurant’s name is derived from the currently repopular classic Moscow Mule cocktail served in a copper cup.... Read more
Super Rico Colombian Bistro
Address57 W. Central Blvd.
CityOrlando
Phone407-426-7007
Price$
Scott's Review
What began as Que Rico Colombian Fast Food in 2011 as part of the burgeoning food truck scene is now Super Rico Colombian Bistro. As it did with Que Rico, Super Rico features burgers as one of its signature items. I had enjoyed QR’s arepa burger in the past, so I ordered it this time, too. The arepa burger is conventional in just about every way except that instead of a bun the patty is placed between two arepas, the South American corn cakes. And these arepas are a bit thinner, less crumbly than your basic arepa. This isn’t a typical food in Colombia, but it’s a fine creative twist.... Read more
Tak-Ke Sushi Bar
Address1421 N. Orange Ave.
CityOrlando
Phone407-826-1964
Price$$
Scott's Review
Ta-Ke is certainly a change from Wazzabi, the owner's previous restaurant. Ta-Ke couldn’t be more different, experientially. It is tiny, occupying the space previously held by Wilfredo’s, and the original location of Gargi’s. But its cozy dining room and small sushi bar, all tastefully decorated, are quite pleasant. So was the sushi chef. I sat at the bar and when the chef noticed that the one server was busy he offered to take my order if sushi was what I had in mind. (In sushi bar etiquette one never gives the order to the chef directly, unless he or she asks, of course.) I did have sushi in mind, and I ordered the Ta-Ke Combo #1, which includes seven pieces of nigirizushi and a spicy tuna roll. And it was lovely. A beautifully presented array of fish -- tuna, white tuna, salmon, shrimp -- atop pads of rice; and perfect-sized coins of the tuna roll with pads of pickled ginger and wasabi. But it was all rather bland and unexciting. The nigirizushi all fell off the pad or rice when flipped for dipping into the soy, all with the exception of the surimi, which was lashed onto the rice pad with a strip of nori. The fish was also a bit too cold. The tempura was a comp... Read more