It’s far from innovative to slot sushi onto a menu of Thai cuisine, but Kata Thai Sushi (610 W. Morse Blvd., Winter Park, 407/388-3729, 11 a.m.–10 p.m. Sun.–Thurs., 11 a.m.–11 p.m. Fri.–Sat., main courses from $14) does a fine job of integrating a variety of Japanese dishes and lunchtime bento boxes with their curries and chili-drenched whole snapper. During the spring and fall, the outdoor seating area is a beautiful place to enjoy your meal, but the dining room is plenty serene and tasteful for when the weather isn’t cooperative.
Wazzabi (1408 Gay Rd., Winter Park, 407/647-8744, 11 a.m.–10 p.m. Sun.–Thurs., 11 a.m.–11 p.m. Fri.–Sat., main courses from $14) may not look like what most people envision when they think of authentic Japanese restaurants, but the sleek surfaces, stylish waitstaff, and progressive down-tempo soundtrack actually seem a lot more like Tokyo than many bamboo-walled kimono-clad sushi shops. All that style comes with a price, but the meals at Wazzabi are absolutely worth it. The main dining room features sushi, Japanese entrées with a few surprises like soba-wrapped pan-fried duck and hot-and-sour scallops, and steaks; a glass-walled teppanyaki room serves table-grilled food, but instead of the tiny frozen shrimp and chewy chicken on offer at most such places, Wazzabi offers lobster tail, New York strip, salmon, and even Kobe beef.
© Jason Ferguson from Moon Florida, 1st Edition