Raw Deal: Orlando's Top Sushi Joints Put Their Best Fish Forward



Sushi is often as artful as it is appetizing and in Orlando there are no shortage of options. Not surprisingly, some of the city's best venues come in the form of restaurants that hide in plain sight, tucked into some or other shopping center awaiting discovery. Some are exceedingly local, as frequented by take-out customers as dine-in, others are superb for date night – whether casual or fancy. Topping our list: Chef Henry Moso's Kabooki Sushi, which sits in one of those aforementioned strip malls, though the cosmoplitan atmosphere you'll find inside is world's away. Other such gems, some more upscale than others, include East Orlando's Fujiyama, Winter Park's Umi and – for food truck aficionados – Sushi Seoul on the Roll. The tony Dr. Phillips neighborhood contributes here, as well, with well-known favorite Dragonfly Robata Grill (bring your boss, your date, your grandmother) and truly "hidden" gem Nagoya, an alley-ensconced hideaway you'll be happy to find. 


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East Orlando


Not far from the bustle of UCF, Fujiyama does brisk business. An impressive selection of traditional and specialty rolls whizz past full tables, prompting diners to question whether they should have ordered differently. No worries, though, with...  Read More


You'll find these mobile sushi artisans around town at various regular truck events, along with staple watering holes including the Thirsty Topher, Will's Pub, Redlight Redlight, and BART, along with events like Tasty Tuesdays in the Milk...  Read More




An inarguable favorite among locals, in particular before or after a movie at the nearby AMC Altamonte Mall 18, most would stress that Hana offers good value and myriad flavors in modest digs. It's small and simple, great for a date or lunch...  Read More


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East Orlando

Native Orlandoans remember a time when Oviedo was nothing but native woodlands and sprawling farms – celery, horses, you name it. These days it's a fast-growing suburb with many, many residents, all of whom need a place to get their chow on....  Read More




Sensual. Spiritual. Savory: three words that express the emotional enlightenment Dragonfly Robata Grill tries to evoke with its service and cuisine. Dragonfly's interpretation of Japanese pub culture is taken quite seriously, making for quite...  Read More




Seito is a warm space well suited for date night or special occasions or a tasty lunch. The fare here is creative and fresh with comfortable, familiar faces rounding out the menu. Pork belly bao buns, massaman wings, curries and other delights...  Read More




Though portions at this Japanese fusion venue are billed as "tapas-style," they are generous, which makes sharing not only fun, but more filling than often expected. While seafood, sashiimi and sushi lovers are certain to love Umi's super fresh...  Read More


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South Orlando


Tempura and ramen and rolls, oh my! Yes, Sushi Tomi has been doing all of these favorites, not to mention a host of other Japanese classics, up right for quite a few years now. Aficionados enjoy this restaurant's beautifully crafted sushi and...  Read More




A sleek and intimate interior belies a nondescript exterior on busy Colonial Drive near the Fashion Square Mall. It's an Orlando favorite for sushi and Asian fusion, with artful and generous presentation and a soothing, cosmopolitan vibe. Let...  Read More


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Audubon Park


Don't let the $140 average dinner price tag scare you off. You see Kadence, formerly known as Kappo (once housed a few blocks away at Audubon Park's East End Market), is a nine-seat omakase experience unlike any other you'll find here in...  Read More


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A.D. Thompson has spent more than 20 years as a professional writer and roughly 15 as a Floridian. The words, she has found, come easier with bare feet and rum.

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