Soseki Modern Omakase

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Entry
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Interior
Caviar on blue fin tuna, a standout course
Caviar on blue fin tuna, a standout course
One of seven nigiri offerings
One of seven nigiri offerings
beat and uzi sorbet, a wonderful palate cleanser
beat and uzi sorbet, a wonderful palate cleanser
Tile Fish on risotto
Tile Fish on risotto
shrimp of mashed potatoes
shrimp of mashed potatoes
Making nigiri
Making nigiri
Ceasar salad soup!
Ceasar salad soup!
Oyster, crab, salmon, buri
Oyster, crab, salmon, buri
The full staff at work
The full staff at work

***** (5 stars)

Ten-seat Michelin one-star omakase bar with top-notch service and a friendly atmosphere. The cold dishes are the highlight, with extremely high-quality nigiri.

The menu changes daily, depending on what locally sourced items are available. For example, on our visit dessert included a strawberry that had been foraged that morning and was simply sliced in half. Sounds simple, but it was sensational.

The standouts for me were the caviar course and the buri sashimi.

Two palate cleansers served during the meal were also noteworthy.

The fish from the nigiri is sourced from around the world, mainly from Japan, but most other ingredients were local.

We were not particularly excited by any of the hot dishes, but these change often. Chef said they had served over 400 different dishes in the less than two years they have been open!

I recommend the “Past, Present, and Future” wine pairing, the more expensive of the two offered, which was extremely well curated.

MENU

Saturday | January 28, 2023
Otoshi*
BRÜLEE (oyster] | TART [dungeness crab]
BANH KHOT [salmon] | SASHIMI [buri]
Et fu…?*
anchovy | parmesan | hydro-crunch lettuce crouton | pentas
  • 2004 Champagne Tarlant, ‘Cuvée Louis Tarlant’-(Euilly, Vallée de la Marne, France
Chips-n-Dip*
tuna caviar aonori | wasabi | crème fraîche | purple rice
Beets by K.*
beetroot | yuzu | yogurt | almond | sudachi | sorrel
  • 2020. Foradori, Nosiola, ‘Fontanasanta’-Mezzolombardo, Trentino-Alto Adige, Italy
Shima Aji* [Ehime]
Ishigakitai* [Nagasaki]
Hirame* [Korea]
Toro* [L’Ametlla de Mar, SP]
  • 2018 Akishika, Junmai Ginjo Namagenshu, ‘Black Moheji’ –
Osaka, Japan
Akami* [L’Amella de Mar, SP]
Uni* [Hokkaido]
Anago* [Nagasaki]
Dashi tile
  • Kikuhime, Yamahai Ginjo Genshu, ‘Origarami’ –
Ishikawa, Japan
Mosaic Tile*
file fish | carrot micro salad | tomato water middlins
Fung(uy)i*
chestnut mushroom | hopper shrimp | potato | truffle
-2021 Littorai, Pinot Noir, ‘Les Larmes’-Anderson Valley, Mendocino County, California
Basque(ing) in the Sunshine* cheesecake strawberry streusel
  • 2014 Prà, Passito Bianco delle Fontane – Monteforte d’Alpone, Veneto, Italy

Soseki Modern Omakase
955 W Fairbanks Ave
Winter Park, FL 32789

https://www.yelp.com/biz/soseki-modern-omakase-winter-park-2

Cask & Larder

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Interior
Exterior
Exterior
Menu
Menu
Drinks
Drinks
Grilled fish
Grilled fish
Crispy cauliflower
Crispy cauliflower
CL burger with cheddar
CL burger with cheddar
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Interior
Spinach dip
Spinach dip
Cheeseburger
Cheeseburger
Cuban sandwich
Cuban sandwich

*** (3 stars)

This restaurant is the best table service choice in Terminal A. Over the past few years the menu has become a bit more conventional. The most welcome change is that they now offer Pepsi products instead of their own weird sodas.

Breakfast is hearty, but the best choices are BBQ and burgers at "dinner", which begins at 10am.

Cask & Larder
1 Jeff Fuqua Blvd
Orlando, FL 32827

https://www.yelp.com/biz/cask-and-larder-orlando

Cedar’s Restaurant

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Lunch veggie platter
Lunch veggie platter

***** (5 stars)

I realized it has been ten years since I've left a review of Cedar's on Yelp! Blissfully, nothing has changed. It's still the best Middle Eastern food in Orlando. In fact, I've traveled the world and have yet to find better.

The hummus and tabbouleh and baba ganoush can't be beat. The falafel is never greasy, and the pitas are baked fresh and replenished multiple times during your meal.

Service is always friendly, and you can tell they are really happy for your business.

Perfection.

Cedar’s Restaurant
7732 W Sand Lake Rd
Orlando, FL 32819

https://www.yelp.com/biz/cedars-restaurant-orlando

The Vineyard Wine Bar and Healthy Bistro

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Interior

***** (5 stars)

We love this place not just for its interesting collection of wines, but for the great food. You really can't go wrong with any of the shared plates. We love the Brussels sprouts, bruschetta, charcuterie, and the pita plate. Caesar salad is excellent.. And you won't find a better pizza crust anywhere–it's imported from Napoli. Service is very gracious and welcoming, and the wine advice is, of course, great.

The Vineyard Wine Bar and Healthy Bistro
4848 South Apopka Vineland Rd
Orlando, FL 32819

https://www.yelp.com/biz/the-vineyard-wine-bar-and-healthy-bistro-orlando

Bocas Grill – Orlando

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Interior
Pabellon
Pabellon
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Interior
Sparkling sangria
Sparkling sangria
Appetizer
Appetizer
Exterior
Exterior
Exterior
Exterior

*** (3 stars)

This place has improved since my first visit four years ago. There is still better Venezuelan food to be had in Orlando, but this is perhaps the nicest sit down restaurant to eat it in.

I enjoyed the sparking sangria, which was chock full of scrumptious fruit.

Our appetizer of assorted fried seafood and potatoes was also quite good.

The specialty here is arepas, and they are just okay; I think you're better off with something else.

Prices are still high, especially at lunch, but service is significantly improved.

Bocas Grill – Orlando
7600 Dr Phillips Blvd
Orlando, FL 32819

https://www.yelp.com/biz/bocas-grill-orlando-orlando-2

Ford’s Garage – Winter Garden

Fried pickles
Fried pickles
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Interior
Interior
Interior
Photo of Ford’s Garage - Winter Garden - Winter Garden, FL, United States
Photo of Ford’s Garage – Winter Garden – Winter Garden, FL, United States
Tuna
Tuna
2 speed platter
2 speed platter

**** (4 stars)

This seems like a particularly large Ford's location. As with the others, the decor theming is neat if you're into antique cars.

The menu focus is on elaborate burgers, but I like their barbecue. The ribs are tender, and the burnt ends moist and tasty.

The tuna appetizer is also surprisingly good.

Avoid the fried pickles, as they aren't the usual slices, but are instead spears, and the layer of skin makes them unappealing.

Also avoid the booths near the back of the main room, as the air handler is both cold and LOUD.

Service was good.

Ford’s Garage – Winter Garden
5375 Hamlin Groves Trl
Winter Garden, FL 34787

https://www.yelp.com/biz/ford-s-garage-winter-garden-winter-garden

Medley

Carnitas tacos
Carnitas tacos
Tuna tartare tostada
Tuna tartare tostada
Lamb chops
Lamb chops
I highly recommend the Pistolet!
I highly recommend the Pistolet!
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Exterior
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Interior

**** (4 stars)

This place offers wonderful small plates and excellent cocktails. The pistolet was a highlight, as were the Moroccan lamb chops.

The wine list is beyond eclectic, which is odd since the restaurant is attached to a wine shop with plenty of more interesting offerings.

Service was efficient. The smaller rooms can get loud if there is a noisy group.

Medley
100 State Rd 150
El Prado, NM 87529

https://www.yelp.com/biz/medley-el-prado

Arroyo Vino

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Interior
Chicken liver
Chicken liver
Faro spring salad
Faro spring salad
Halibut
Halibut
Chicken
Chicken

***** (5 stars)

We were tipped off to this great restaurant/wine shop by a sommelier at a restaurant in a different city. It was a great referral, as the food is superb.

The grilled artichoke made a nice starter, and the house-made chicken liver was wonderful. We also really enjoyed the spring salad.

The chicken had a great coating of Indian spices, and the halibut also offered a nice medley of flavors.

Of course, being attached to a wine shop, there are lots of nice selections on the wine list, although we would have liked to have been able to browse in the shop and then take a bottle into the restaurant. Wine prices aren't exactly bargains, but it is a ritzy part of Santa Fe.

Arroyo Vino
218 Camino La Tierra
Santa Fe, NM 87506

https://www.yelp.com/biz/arroyo-vino-santa-fe-3

The Turquoise Room

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Exterior
Bar
Bar
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Interior
Mexican Firing Squad and Turquoise Margarita
Mexican Firing Squad and Turquoise Margarita
Spare Smoked and Grilled Baby Back Ribs
Spare Smoked and Grilled Baby Back Ribs
Pork Carnitas
Pork Carnitas

***** (5 stars)

This was a real treat! Capturing all the ambiance of an old Fred Harvey Hotel, this place is definitely worth a stop on Route 66.

The food and cocktails were excellent, and the service was truly friendly. We shared pork carnitas, and smoked grilled ribs. Both were terrific.

The Mexican Firing Squad is a serious drink, and the Turquoise Margarita is a fun one.

After your meal, the parking lot is easy walking distance to the famous corner in Winslow Arizona for your photo op.

The Turquoise Room
303 E Second St
Winslow, AZ 86047

https://www.yelp.com/biz/the-turquoise-room-winslow-2