Japanese Restaurants in Winter Park

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Chef Jim Wu strives to create food that's both delicious and healthy. As such, he never uses food coloring, lard, or MSG in any of his sushi, steak, and other Japanese cuisine creations. His menu also includes a large selection of vegetarian items, and he hosts cooking classes on Saturday mornings at no charge. But after eating his artful maki and other creations, some guests may never want to cook again.

110 S Semoran Blvd
Winter Park,
FL
US

At Mikado Japanese Cuisine, art is not hung, but served horizontally. Expertly sliced fish nestles against lettuce leaves inside a miniature wooden boat, and sprigs of blooming flowers garnish snugly wrapped maki rolls. Clearly, the chefs behind the sushi bar put presentation on the same high pedestal as culinary finesse. Their emphasis on eye-catching edibles has helped to propel the restaurant's growth, transforming it from a single tiny sushi shop into three expanded establishments.

At each one, diners can peruse a menu of 31 specialty rolls, including the Hot Mama—a compilation of smoked salmon, avocado, crab, bay scallops, tempura crunch, and cinnamon-honey sauce. Fresh fish also arrives as nigiri, sashimi, and sushi, creating oceanic complements to grilled hibachi steaks at the Lake Mary location. Tempura shrimp and fried vegetables accompany toasty bowls of udon and soba soups, and appetizers range from skewered barbecue chicken to baby octopus, which only differs from adult octopus in that it never learned to count its tentacles.

13586 Village Park Dr
Orlando,
FL
US

When Dr. Noah Herbert landed an internship with a chiropractor as a student, he thought of it only as a steppingstone to his traditional medical license. His once-clear path took an unexpected turn, however, when he witnessed the healing powers of chiropractic therapy firsthand. Shortly after completing his internship, Dr. Herbert shifted his career aspirations.

His subsequent years of studying chiropractic have certainly paid off: he now helms a team of skilled health practitioners, including a licensed massage therapist, at Synergy Wellness Chiropractic. Beyond spinal adjustments and massages, Dr. Herbert and his staff coach clients toward healthier lives with corrective exercises and nutrition advice that emphasizes the importance of vegetables and super-soldier serum in a balanced diet.

861 N Alafaya Trl
Orlando,
FL
US

The chefs at Sushi House Orlando not only craft impressive maki rolls that have won the eatery claim to several “best of” accolades, but also teach curious diners how to make their own at home during classes for all skill levels. Classic rolls present fillings of raw spicy tuna, unagi, and yellowtail, and more elaborate and playful bundles include the baked Graduation roll, which is a california roll wrapped in salmon and then topped with crab and scallops. The Happy Sumo roll reflects the same level of complexity, with three sauces draping over a tempura-fried roll of crab, tuna, and salmon.

The dining room maintains a lounge-like feel with crimson walls and gauzy black curtains, plus huge wall-mounted koi sculptures that arch over bartenders as they pour wines and sakes.

8204 Crystal Clear Ln
Orlando,
FL
US

At Fujiyama Sushi, sushi chefs painstakingly craft specialty rolls while skilled teppanyaki cooks dazzle patrons, flipping and chopping meals before their eyes. The selection of sushi rolls ranges from basic California and sweet-potato rolls to the chef's specialty Irish roll—a combination of spicy salmon, cream cheese, and asparagus topped with slices of kiwi. For a hot meal, diners can roast their sushi rolls over Bic lighters or opt for dinner around a teppanyaki grill, where preternaturally coordinated cooks fling shrimp onto plates or directly into waiting mouths.

10153 University Blvd
Orlando,
FL
US

Modeled after admired urban cafés in the Far East, Bento Cafe whips up hulking portions of fresh, authentic, and multifarious pan-Asian fare in a casual, modern environment. The menu dons an array of reinforced steel options to protect against Richter-scale levels of tummy rumbles. The Bento Box ($7.95 for chicken or tofu, $8.75 for beef, $8.95 for shrimp) lets diners load up on piquant pleasures such as the fire-grilled teriyaki beef or zesty red- curry shrimp over mixed accouterments of white rice, noodles, ginger salad, and other side dishes. Pamper your belly by draping any of the entrées upon a bowl of just noodles ($7.50 for chicken or tofu, $8.25 for beef, $8.50 for shrimp) or rice ($7.25 for chicken or tofu, $7.95 for beef, $8.25 for shrimp). Mouths water for the water-bound treats found in Bento's fresh sushi, which you can buy by the box ($8.95) complete with your choice of two rolls and a California roll, for a total of twelve rolls.

151 S Orange Ave
Orlando,
FL
US