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Norman Van Aken Announces New Restaurant Row Location

7924 Via Dellagio Way, 
Orlando, FL 32819
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Chef Norman Van Aken and partners Tom and Kim Wood announced that they are re-opening their flagship restaurant on Sand Lake’s famed Restaurant Row in the iconic Dellagio Town Center.

Plans for a unique renovation of the 7,500 square foot space formerly occupied by Bravo!, Cucina Italiana, revealed in first quarter 2020, will show a complete reimagining of the anchor space at the corner of Sand Lake Road and Della. Including a bold new look for 1,750 square feet of outdoor event space.

The grand opening for NORMAN’S is targeted for late summer 2020. NORMAN’S will feature a contemporary menu that will be announced in late Spring but is reported to include some of Chef Van Aken’s signature dishes as well as some of the legendary Chef’s newest inspirations. The company is continuing to employ Yusuf Yildiz as general manager of the new restaurant and Laura Fletcher as private event manager.

In August of 2019 Chef Norman Van Aken, Florida’s sole chef recipient of The James Beard “Who’s Who in America” Award, celebrated the 16th anniversary of the flagship restaurant, NORMAN’S at The Ritz-Carlton Orlando Grande Lakes. He said this about the decision to move to Dellagio:

“As we enter the next part of our journey - we are activating a space that is almost twice as large as our old space. This is in alignment with our goal of creating more world-class events in Orlando. Restaurant Row’s proximity to the Orange County Convention center allows us to better serve the estimated 1.4 million expected convention-goers in 2020. Dellagio is the perfect fit for our expanding vision of food and service to the community and to travelers.”

NORMAN’S features Chef and decorated Cookbook Author Norman Van Aken and his culinary team. Chef Van Aken’s internationally acclaimed “New World Cuisine” is an exciting, healthful and delicious fusion of Florida with the power of Latin, Caribbean and Asian roots.

“NORMAN’S will be an anchoring presence for Dellagio. We are working closely with the team at Norman’s on the stunning, genre-defining renovation taking place. We are excited about the prestige that this award-winning brand and iconic personality bring to the Dellagio collective footprint and Restaurant Row.” Joe LeBas, President, Managing Director and Founder, Concorde Group Holdings, LLC

Dellagio – The Heart of Sand Lake - located in the Dr. Phillips area of Orlando just minutes from Central Florida’s world-class theme parks and the Orange County Convention Center. Dellagio is home to some of Orlando’s favorite award-winning restaurants, a full line up of wellness and beauty destinations and a host of professional service brands. Over 30 brands make up the Dellagio family. www.dellagiooralndo.com
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El Buda Latin Asian Restaurant

116 W Church St.
Orlando, FL 32801
407-203-8171
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Chef Roberto Trevino’s highly anticipated restaurant, El Buda Latin Asian Restaurant, opened on Thursday, December 7th. 

The chef driven concept is located in the heart of Downtown Orlando at 116 West Church St. (between Hamburger Mary’s and the train tracks) and will introduce this city to his style of fusion that marries Latin and Asian cuisines in a truly unique way.

“I moved to Orlando this summer and have had the opportunity to explore the different neighborhoods and am just in love with all the different little unique pockets, especially downtown,” Trevino said. “Orlando is in this amazing place right now as a food city, and I feel blessed to be part of what’s happening here and hope that people discover us downtown and get as excited about our food as we are about being here.”

Trevino, a native of California, moved to Puerto Rico in the early 1990s where he solidified his culinary reputation as a star chef with some of the island’s most popular restaurants including Dragonfly, Aguaviva and Budatai. Trevino has cooked dinner at the James Beard Foundation house in New York for their award events, and is frequently featured as a guest chef in food events throughout the US and the Caribbean.

He has made numerous television appearances both in Puerto Rico and the US, including a battle against renowned Chef Mario Batali on Iron Chef America, as a contestant on The Next Iron Chef, with Rachael Ray on her show $40 a Day, as well as on his own local shows Kandela and 4 Minutos con Chef Treviño. He’s currently a recurring guest judge on Food Network’s Beat Bobby Flay.

Signature dishes present themselves throughout El Buda’s menu that include a variety of sections for guests to explore including Dim Sum and Platitos (Pork and Sweet Plantain Dumpling and Octopus Pimenton Kaisou), Rice and Noodles (Ho Fun with Grilled Churrasco and Ropa Vieja BiBimBap), Poke, Crudo and Greens (Herame con Coco and Smoked Salmon Pineapple Poke) and Deluxe Meat and Fish (Duck Breast with Miso Honey Potatoes and Beef Short Rib with Yuzu Papas Bravas).

A diverse selection of sides range from Teriyaki Tots (Trevino loves tater tots) to Chicharron Popovers. The bar program will place an emphasis on craft cocktails and bee
r, with an emphasis on local brews and will also serve wine. 

“Orlando really seems to love its beer and cocktails, which is great as they pair beautifully with our food,” Trevino said. “Our wine list will be focused, with some really interesting grapes featured, and of course we will have a few of the big guns as well for those who are really into wine.” 

Located on Church street, the restaurant is dotted with original artwork and unique artifacts. The historic building dates back to the 1880s, and Trevino has kept much of it intact to reflect its historic roots with lots of exposed brick, wood and an open kitchen. A spire from the original Arturo Fuente cigar factory from West Tampa (circa early 1900s) serves as the center focal point of the dining room, bringing a touch of Latin history to the space. 

A serene outdoor patio filled with fresh herbs and comfortable seating will also feature live entertainment once Trevino and his team launch their weekend brunch. One of the restaurants most interesting components can’t be seen unless the guests go exploring.

At the bottom of the steps where the spire holds court is The Cellar, a prohibition style cocktail lounge that will serve a variety of El Buda’s signature cocktails and is the perfect place to begin, or end, an evening.
“We really want The Cellar to be a place where we can have a little fun and showcase some of the great cocktails we are bringing to El Buda,” Trevino said.  “We want to invite the city’s top mixologists to come and present their ideas as well, and create a space that transports our guests back to the days of the speakeasy.”
El Buda is located at 116 W. Church Street (look for the side entrance adjacent to the SunRail tracks) and is open daily for lunch and dinner starting at 11:30am.  

Weekend brunch is expected to launch before the end of the year. Learn more by visiting the restaurant’s Facebook Page or by calling (407) 203-8171. Guests can also follow on Instagram @ElBudaDowntown or Chef Trevino’s personal Twitter account @cheftrevino
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Roy's

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7760 W Sand Lake Rd.
Orlando, FL 32819
(407) 352-4844


Roy’s Restaurant was built upon European techniques, Pacific Rim cuisine and warm, from the heart hospitality that seeks to create a remarkable and unique dining experience.

There are currently four locations in Florida, with locations in Orlando, Bonita Springs, Jacksonville Beach and Tampa, but the first Roy's was opened in Honolulu, Hawaii in 1988 by namesake Roy Yamaguchi. Currently there are 20 Roy's restaurants in the continental United States, six in Hawaii, one in Japan and one in Guam.

Culinary pioneer and Roy's founder Roy Yamaguchi was born in Tokyo. It was while visiting his grandparents on Maui that he had his first taste of seafood bought fresh at seaside piers that would shape his future career.

At 19, he graduated from the Culinary Institute of America in New York as a master chef and moved to Los Angeles where he served as executive chef at La Serene. After gaining invaluable experience in LA, Roy decided it was time to head closer to his roots. He moved to Hawaii and opened the first Roy's in 1988, and eventually became a James Beard award winner.

Although, aside from six locations in Hawaii, and a location in Guam, Roy did sell the remainder of his locations and sold the brand. The rest of the restaurants that have been sold are doing a great job of upholding the style and techniques that Roy instilled in his original fusion cuisine at his original Roy's in Honolulu in 1988.

The food here blends classic techniques with adventurous Pacific Rim flavors, and outstanding seafood selections with great cocktails and an even better wine selection. Everything from Sushi to fried spring rolls is on the starter menu and a wide variety of seafood selections to braised short ribs of beef can be had for your entree selections.

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The bar at Roy’s is a great place to grab some cocktails or sip on some wine while eating anything that you may want to try from the extensive bar bites menu.

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The Polynesian Passion features Appleton Estate 12 Year Old Jamaican Rum, Don Q Coconut Rum and Passion Fruit. This drink is very strong, and very good.

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While I am not the biggest fan of mussels, these Prince Edward Island Mussels on the bar bites menu at Roy’s are spectacular.

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I also really enjoyed the Crispy Wagyu Beef Dumplings on the bar bites menu as well.

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Auntie Lei's Aloha Roll with spicy tuna, yellowtail, salmon and avocado was very fresh and delicious. Roy’s has a few different rolls on the menu like the Lobster California Roll, a Surf and Turf Roll with Wagyu beef and a Tempura Crusted Ahi Roll to choose from.

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This is a pair of Drunken Mules made with PAU Vodka. PAU is the only vodka made from Hawaiian pineapples. These mules are topped off with Rum soaked pineapples that will quite literally knock you on your behind, if you are not careful.

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Our appetizer of Asian Oyster Rockefeller was pretty tasty and a unique spin on a classic dish.

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The Lobster Ramen in a lobster miso broth is a great example of Roy’s fusion cuisine and was quite good.

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The Braised Short Ribs of Beef were phenomenal. This is one of the best short rib’s I have had in a long time, and it’s one of the best you can get in Orlando. This is braised for 24 hours, then served in the natural braising sauce with Yukon mashed potatoes and broccolini.

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I really found the Jade Pesto Sizzling Hawaiian Whitefish to be a pretty uncommon dish with immense flavors. This is made from snapper covered in pesto and served atop a warm scallion Shoyu Ponzu sauce with a side of sticky rice.

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The hand carved 8oz. Filet Mignon with truffle onion misoyaki demi glaze was cooked perfectly medium, and the demi glaze was a great touch.

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The Hot Chocolate Soufflé was a great dessert that was filled with oozing chocolate inside a flourless chocolate cake with a molten hot center served with raspberry coulis and vanilla bean ice cream.

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No visit to Roy’s is complete without ordering the Pineapple Upside Down Cake. This is an absolutely decadent and delicious treat that is made with caramelized pineapple baked into a brown sugar pound cake.

Roy Yamaguchi is regarded as an international culinary visionary and the creator of Hawaiian fusion cuisine. As I said earlier, Roy may have sold off the brands, except for Hawaii locations, but the remaining locations are doing a fine job of upholding the vision and creativity that Roy established 1988.

The food here is really good, the cocktails are creative and the wine selection is impressive. They truly have something for everyone, and they even have vegetarian items on the menu as well. Stop by sometime and visit, you will not be disappointed.

Roy’s is open Monday to Thursday from 11:00 AM until 10:00 PM. Friday they are open until 11:00 PM, and Saturday they start at 5:00 PM and close at 11:00 PM. Sunday hours are from 5:00 PM until 9:00 PM.

Roy's Hawaiian Fusion Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato
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