Miss Saigon
Address12058 Collegiate Way
CityOrlando
Phone407-306-0840
Price$
Scott's Review
On a recent lunch visit, I started with the golden pancake appetizer, which was really more of an omelet than a pancake, with shrimp and bean sprouts folded into it. It was light and qualified as an appropriate starter. For my entree I chose pho tai nam, a beef soup with sliced rare beef (not rare for long as the hot broth finishes the cooking). It also had long rice noodles, bean sprouts and chopped scallions. What it didn’t have was a separate plate of add-ables -- extra spouts, basil, jalapeno and lime wedges, such as are offered at most other pho restaurants in town. It was OK, the soup was fine without them, but I thought it strange. Soups, by the way, are available in two sizes: large and extra large. The large is plenty.... Read more
Omelet Bar
Address11250 Strategy Blvd.
CityOrlando
Phone407-704-1597
Price$
Scott's Review
Omelet Bar seems poised to take on the First Watches and Keke’s of the world (and says as much on its website). With a little more polish it could be a contender.... Read more
Spoleto
Address12101 University Blvd
CityOrlando
Phone407-658-0593
Price$
Scott's Review
Another in the growing category of assemblage restaurants. Here, you choose your pasta, your sauce, your accouterments, and someone behind the line tosses it all together for you. As these place go, Spoleto is pretty good.... Read more
Sus Hi
Address4498 N. Alafaya Trail
CityOrlando
Phone407-826-1682
Price$
Scott's Review
Here’s how it works. You decide whether you want a roll, a bowl, or a wrap. I chose a bowl, which got me a plastic soup-size bowl filled with rice. Next you decide on the meat: seafood, chicken, beef, or vegetarian. I went with an assortment of fresh fish. Then you select from among an array of in-ings, which presumably are not the same as toppings. The in-ings include asparagus, avocado, cucumber, cream cheese, Cheez Whiz, lettuce and bacon. Yes, Cheez Whiz -- we're not talking authentic. Then you choose the toppings, which range from more avocado and Whiz to such things as strawberries and walnuts. You get to decide what goes in it, so the meal is yours to destroy any way you see fit. The result was a bowl of pleasantly sticky rice topped with chunks of fresh fish, asparagus, scallions, tempura flakes and a spicy mayo sauce. I grabbed a pair of chopsticks and took a seat at one of the tables near the front of the storefront space and enjoyed my creation.... Read more
Tandoori Bowl
Address3100 Alafaya Trail
CityOrlando
Phone407-890-9596
Price$$
Scott's Review
Another in the rising number of assemblage restaurants, where you build your bowl by selecting from the various columns. It's a little more complicated here given that Indian cuisine is more complex, but the staff is eager to help (and they love to give samples).... Read more
Thai Singha
AddressWaterford Town Center
863 N. Alafaya Trail
CityOrlando
Phone407-382-8201
Price$$
Scott's Review

Thai Singha – yes, it’s named for the beer but is not officially associated with the brewery – is a small restaurant with a big heart. The food is authentically prepared and bursts with the flavor components that are the hallmark of Thai cuisine. Have the tom ka gai soup and the fish cakes to start. The pad Thai is good and so is the spicy basil duck. The desserts are unusual for a Thai restaurant, but unusually good too.

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