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Izziban


5310 E. Colonial Drive
Orlando, FL 32807
​407-270-8811
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Since opening their first Izziban location on Sand Lake, the brand has expanded into the further reaches of Orlando to a Metro West location and an East Colonial location. We visited the East Colonial Izziban.

The Izziban "lakeside" location on East Colonial opened its doors in 2015 with a lakeside location that is very spacious and allows guests to get a true experience of Korean BBQ with a more social and engaging dinner experience.

Izziban offers both marinated and non marinated selections of meat, all steeped and cut in house that includes unlimited sushi, a variety of appetizers and a salad bar/buffet. There are three pricing options if going for the KBBQ, one option is $18.99 that includes 3 meats, next one is $21.99 for 10 meats, and finally $32.99 for 14 meats.

The $32.99 option includes filet mignon, ribeye steak, rib fingers and marinated sirloin to name a few. With all three options, you can request as much as you can eat, but do be forewarned, if you order another round of meat and fail to eat all of it, you will be penalized. A half pound of leftover meat will result in another $32.99 charge.

With the concept of "Banchan" meaning "side dishes" in Korean, Izziban provides the most flexible meal that everyone can enjoy. From varieties of meats to grill, to side dishes like gyoza, sushi, yakitori, Spring rolls, and all of the buffet items, there is something for everyone.

Even if grilling your meat at your table does not appeal to you, they have a very good selection of noodles, like Yaki Udon, Yaki Soba, Miso Ramen and a variety of specialty entrees. They serve Bibimbop, Katsu Curry, Bulgogi, Galbi and Bento Boxes as well as having a decent Sushi selection.

While we waited for our seats, we hung out at the bar and ordered some Spring Rolls with Thai Sweet Chili Sauce.

Speaking of the bar, they have an amazing selection of Korean beverages like Cass Fresh Beer, and Chum Churum Peach Soju. Soju is very similar to sake and is made from rice, but has more water and a higher alcohol content. What's even better is when you combine a Cass Fresh and a Peach Soju, and at Izziban they give you measured glasses just for that.

We opted for the $21.99 option with 10 meats, that also includes sides like these wonderfully pan fried Gyoza with a sweet and savory sesame dipping sauce.

The Volcano roll was pretty good, again this an included side dish, and you can have as much as you want and order a variety of different rolls.

A sampling of items available from the buffet....fried rice, fried calamari, sesame balls, and chicken skewers. They have all the miso and clear soups at the buffet plus a salad bar and dessert bar with a chocolate fountain.

Cooking Beef Brisket and Marinated Spicy Chicken on the BBQ grill. The $21.99 option includes Beef Brisket, Regular and Spicy Marinated Chicken, Fresh and Wine Pork Belly, Pork Jowl, Oyster Blade, Marinated Sirloin, Regular and Spicy Marinated Pork.

While each location has its own distinct appeal and personality apart from the others, all locations offer affordable lunch specials, unbelievable happy hour deals, and a full bar.

The All-You-Can-Eat menu and inclusive selections may differ by location and price options. The buffet selections may change seasonally and will only be included as a portion of the All-You-Can-Eat BBQ purchase.

Izziban East Colonial is open Monday to Sunday from 11:00 am until 2:00 pm, with various rotating specials and happy hours throughout the week.

Izziban Sushi & BBQ Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato
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Dining Around at Omni Orlando Championsgate


1500 Masters Boulevard, 
Champions Gate
Florida 33896

(407) 390-6664
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Whether you are looking for a family-friendly getaway or the ultimate golf vacation, Omni Orlando Resort at ChampionsGate is the perfect destination for your luxury Florida escape.

Surrounded by 36 holes of championship golf and 15 acres of recreation, the Four Diamond resort is one of the nation's premier golf, meeting and leisure destinations. 

The resort also has some amazing dining options, that are not to be overlooked. I have always said, some of the best restaurants in Orlando are often found in hotels and resorts, but unfortunately, they are not always recognized.

The property recently renovated David’s Club, a spirited gathering place to enjoy a cocktail before dinner. Known for their bourbons, crafts and cuts, David’s Club is the place to enjoy a spectacular steak and innovative cuisine in an upscale sports bar that features a 90-inch video wall, and spectacular resort views.

At ZEN, diners can enjoy authentic Chinese cuisine, sake and a sushi bar. Asian-themed privacy screens create separate dining areas for intimate meals and gatherings. A private dining room is available upon request.

Trevi’s will delight your senses with the aroma of fresh bread and Italian dishes with hand made pasta. Trevi’s serves delicious meals throughout the day starting with the Art of Breakfast Buffet. Family-style options are available during dinner. You can enjoy indoor dining in the cozy restaurant or the ambient atmosphere of dining outdoors in Trevi's Terrazza.

A selection of Sushi and Sashimi at ZEN.

This was an excellent take on Asian Fusion served up at ZEN, with a traditional French Duck Confit served up in an Asian Bao seasoned with Asian 5 Spice and Pickled Vegetables.

This was a very refreshing cocktail with Hendricks Gin, Cucumbers and fresh fruits. Anywhere at this resort, fabulous cocktails can be found, as well as an extensive wine list.

A most excellent antipasto dish at Trevi's with Heirloom Tomatoes, Burrata, Micro Greens and Prosciutto.

I was sold at the words... “Sous-Vide Lobster”, but pairing that with an amazing hand made pasta, available at Trevi's was masterful and delicious.

At David’s Club we were treated to slices of a Tomahawk Ribeye, all beef here is 30 day wet-aged Creekstone Farms Angus beef.


Finally we ended our evening with this delicious, light flavorful mascarpone cheesecake.

All 720 guest rooms and suites of the main resort will be renovated during summer of 2020. Updates will include all furnishings, fixtures, carpets, paint, bathroom wall covering, vanity, mirrors, artwork, draperies, and linens.

In addition to world-class golf, the resort offers a signature spa and sparkling pools, making it the perfect getaway for adults and children alike. With easy access to area attractions like Walt Disney World, Universal Studios and SeaWorld, you can enjoy all that Orlando has to offer and then retire to a secluded retreat.

Keep an eye out here, as we will be revisiting this wonderful resort and checking out the renovated guest rooms in the not too distant future.

David's Club Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato
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Kona Poké Announces Second Location Coming Soon To Sanford

1813 WP Ball Boulevard.
Sanford, FL 32771
407-500-5662
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Lake Mary’s hit Poké Restaurant kicks off expansion with Its second location in Seminole Country to open this November.

Less than one year after opening in Lake Mary, Seminole County’s popular, fast-casual food concept “Kona Poké” announces its second location coming to Sanford in late November.

Now, more poké lovers will enjoy Kona’s healthy and delicious Hawaiian-style poké bowls with fresh sushi-grade fish, house sauces and a wide variety of toppings to choose from, plus vegan, gluten-free and cooked options available
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Guests of the new 1,300 square foot restaurant located at (1813 WP Ball Boulevard, Sanford, FL 32771) will choose from a variety of Signature Poké Bowls, Build Your Own Bowls, Soup, Salads and Mochi Ice Cream, which they’ll savor inside Kona’s contemporary, relaxing restaurant vibe with subtle elements of poké’s Hawaiian heritage. 


“We are very excited to be opening another restaurant, and we think Sanford will be a great location for us,” says Kona Poké Owners Matthew Ting and Ernie Falco III. “The response we’ve received since opening in Lake Mary early this year has been phenomenal. 

We are ready to deliver the same healthy, high-quality poké bowls to the wonderful Sanford community eagerly awaiting our arrival, and we look forward to continuing to grow the Kona Poké brand more and more in the future.”

Kona Poké has additional corporate store deals in the works in Central Florida and South Florida, including a new restaurant located in O-town West coming in 2020. Kona Poké is also seeking experienced operating partners to become area franchise developers outside of Central Florida.

Stay tuned for Kona Poké Sanford’s Grand Opening with a special beer giveaway and BOGO bowl deal. For more information, call 407-500-KONA or visit www.konapokébowls.com.


Fun Fact: What is poké? Pronounced POH-keh, poké is cubed raw fish eaten either on its own or over a bowl of sushi rice. While it may seem like a new trend, the Hawaiian dish has been around for centuries.
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Zoetic Sushi

210 S Park Ave.
Sanford, FL 32771
(407) 461-2954

Chef Chuck Cobb has taken the traditional art of Edomae Sushi and brought it to downtown Sanford, not only elevating the already growing scene in the area, but also adding another Omakase spot to Central Florida.

What is really unique about this private chef’s tasting is that it is located in the ZL Home’s modern high end showroom right in the heart of historic Downtown Sanford.

This Japanese style dates back over 200 years. The Edo Sushi Style grew up on the streets of Tokyo as a necessity. Since the sushi was prepared and sold on the streets at a time long before refrigeration, Street food vendors cured the fish with salt, vinegar and soy sauce.

Chef Cobb hand picks the freshest fish imported weekly from Tokyo Japan, and fresh fish suppliers locally. After thoroughly inspecting the fish he begins the process of aging the fish to bring out the umami of the fish.

Varieties of fish like Spanish Mackerel, Golden Eye Snapper, Sweet Bafun Uni from Hokkaido, Cold Water Scallops, Hairy Crab, Spiked Crab and Cuttlefish are used in the Omakase Presentation. 

Chef Cobb also uses the finest ingredients he can find to round out the presentation with items like Tamaki Gold rice, and Akazu Vinegar, which is vinegar made from the run off of Sake-Lee and then fermented and aged.


Kegani or hairy crab and Heikeigani a spiked crab.

Hijiki Seaweed Salad made with Hijiki seaweed with lotus root, ginger sesame oil, red and green peppers. You will never want any other seaweed salad after this.

A tasty one bite serving of Hokkaido scallop with uni and ikura(salmon roe).

This presentation of miniature sardines, hairy crab, quail eggs, and gold flakes was pretty unique, even if you are not a fan of some of these ingredients, when mixed together it was spectacular.

Shin-Ika (Cuttlefish)

Suzuki (Japanese Seabass)

Sliced Giant Pacific Octopus with micro greens in a sake based citrus tea.

Hamachi (Japanese Amberjack)

A cut of Bluefin Akami Tuna and a cut of Chutoro Medium Fatty Tuna.

To end our evening, Chef Cobb put together a fabulous dessert made with shaved ice, coconut ginger and turmeric yogurt with fresh dragon fruit and mint.


We were really impressed with Zoetic Sushi and Chef Cobb, everything was fresh, fragrant and a real delight to the palate, and of course we were thoroughly entertained. The setting inside of of the ZL Homes building also makes this Omakase experience feel very unique.

If you would like to book a seat, and yes you must book ahead, your options are the following:

Thursday: 9 Course Nigiri Sushi Chefs Choice Tasting with either a 6:00 pm tasting or 9:00 pm.

Friday: 15 Course Omakase Sushi Tasting with seatings at 7:00 pm or 9:00 pm

Saturday: 15 Course Omakase Style Sushi Experience with seatings at 7:00 pm or 9:00 pm.

Sunday: 9 Course Nigiri Sushi Chefs Choice Tasting with either a 6:00 pm tasting or 8:00 pm.

You click here to book: Zoetic Sushi
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Kona Poké set to open In Lake Mary

242 Wheelhouse Lane
Unit 1230
Lake Mary, FL 32746
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Seminole County’s newest welcomed resident opens its doors officially to the public with a special ribbon cutting and All-Day Discount On Friday, January 25th.

Lake Mary is about to get a whole lot fresher with the highly-anticipated grand opening of Kona Poké on Friday, January 25th. Kona Poké is a healthy, fast-casual food concept that serves fresh and delicious Hawaiian-style poké bowls with fresh sushi-grade fish, house-sauces, vegan, gluten-free and cooked options available.

Guests of the 1,300 square foot restaurant will choose from a variety of Signature Poké Bowls, Build Your Own Bowls, Soup, Salads and Mochi Ice Cream, which they’ll savor inside Kona’s contemporary, inviting restaurant vibe with subtle elements of poké’s Hawaiian heritage.


To commemorate the Grand Opening, Kona Poké will hold a special ribbon cutting at 11am on Friday, January 25th. Plus, from open to close, guests can choose from any poke bowl and a fountain drink for $9.99. Kona will also feature Kona Beer all day for $2.

Kona owners Matthew Ting and Ernie Falco III come with decades combined of restaurant ownership, management and marketing experience. Ting co-owns and operates multiple successful Tijuana Flats locations companywide, and Falco founded and sold several highly successful internet based brands, including JetCharters.com.

“We are elated to finally open our doors and provide the freshest vibe and food around,” says Ting. “It is healthy, yet so extremely satisfying, it’s addictive. With our high-quality raw ingredients, Hawaiian poké techniques and distinctive interior design, we are bringing features from the realm of formal dining to the world of a fast-casual restaurant. The response we’ve received already has been incredible, and we cannot wait to welcome the masses and make Kona everyone’s favorite place to dine and relax.”


Kona plans to open 20+ locations throughout the Southeast over the next several years.

Enjoy Kona Poké starting Friday, January 25 located at 242 Wheelhouse Lane, Unit 1230, Lake Mary, FL 32746. Hours of operation are Monday thru Saturday 11am-9pm, Sunday 11am-8pm. For more information, call 407-500-KONA or visit www.konapokébowls.com.

Fun Fact: What is poké? Pronounced POH-keh, poké is cubed raw fish eaten either on its own or over a bowl of sushi rice. While it may seem like a new trend, the Hawaiian dish has been around for centuries.
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Grills Lakeside Orlando

4315 N Orange Blossom Trail
Orlando, FL 32804
(407) 291-8881
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We have always been fans of Grills. The Original Location in Port Canaveral is pretty hard to beat, with great seafood, and a view that’s even better. 

The Melbourne location is pretty good also, as it sits right on the river, so we were very excited to hear about a Grills Lakeside in Orlando.

With fifteen years in the charter and commercial fishing business, one of the most commonly asked questions has been: “Where is a good seafood restaurant?” Responding to the question was always difficult and often resulted in “showing off” some backyard grilled fish. The response from even those who said they “don’t like fish” was phenomenal, and the idea for Grills was born.

The finest quality local fish prepared using the healthiest and most delicious process available, marinating and grilling. After years of consideration and experimentation, Grills was built on the water’s edge of Sunrise Marina and opened in 1997.

Although they do serve coconut shrimp that is fried, you will be hard pressed to find anything else on the menu here that is fried. Grills is all about the Blackened or Grilled style of cooking for all of their seafood offerings. Grills serves up wings, steaks, pastas and chicken and steak kabobs as well, for all of you landlubbers out there.

We were very impressed overall with Grills Lakeside Orlando, as they have a great design and setup at this new location, it’s so good, that for a moment we almost thought we were in Port Canaveral. Inside is very spacious and they have a cool bar with an actual airboat hanging from the ceiling.

The outside deck area is also very spacious, with lots of seating and an additional outside bar. I wouldn't be surprised if this location of Grills becomes a hot spot during the spring and summer months with such a great outside setup overlooking Lake Fairview.


A few slices of Garlic and Parmesan Cheese Bread to get our evening started with a side of marinara sauce.

A pair of Grand Hurricanes with Bacardi Rum, Grand Marnier, pineapple juice, orange juice and Grenadine topped off with dark rum. You can get these in regular glasses, or these take home plastic cups like we did.

We really enjoyed the Tsunami Shrimp. These are large crispy fried shrimp drenched in a spicy Asian sauce with wasabi and ginger. Really great flavors, and just as good as the original location.

The grilled fish of the day special was fresh caught Tile fish, which is a very mild fish that is flaky and full of flavor. We opted to have it blackened and served with Tahiti Taters and steamed Island Veggies...all of it was really good.

We were craving some crab legs, so we got a half pound order of Snow Crab Clusters as a side option with the tile fish.

The Coconut Shrimp Dinner with Coconut Sticky Rice and steamed Island Veggies is always a go to dish...so good and tasty.

A newer item on the menu is the Tahitian Tuna Poke with seared tuna served on a bed of coconut sticky rice and topped with a blend of Asian sauces served with a side of seaweed salad.

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Well, the fried cheesecake looked and sounded good, but it was kind of bland and nothing to write home about. I think Grills gets all the dessert stuff pre-made, but I don't ever really go to Grills for desserts.

The size of Grills Seafood Deck Orlando is pretty impressive with high ceilings, plenty of room inside and even more space outside on the Swamp Deck. They have an additional bar out here as well with views of the lake, and plenty more seating that is not covered.

Grills is open from Sunday to Thursday from 11 am to 10 pm and Friday & Saturday 11 am to 11 pm. They plan on having Lakeside Breakfast in the near future.

We really enjoyed the new edition of Grills, and the food here is just as good as it is in Port Canaveral or Melbourne(I’ve been to both multiple times). They have live music on various nights, and as I said earlier, I predict this place becoming a new hot-spot especially during the spring and summer months.

Grills Seafood Deck & Tiki Bar Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato
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Sus Hi Eatstation

380 S State Rd 434 #1004
Altamonte Springs, FL 32714
(407) 960-2250
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Sus Hi Eatstation is what you get when you combine fresh sushi, a Chipotle style ordering system and employees who totally take on the persona of “A Ninja”

When you walk into Sus Hi Eatstation, you instantly become a Ninja. You will be greeted as a Ninja, as soon as you walk in by other Ninjas with fun nicknames. 


While in line, you'll hear things like the resounding boom of a gong when appetizers are ready, Ninjas yelling "FIRE!" when they melt cheese and interesting greetings to welcome you into the Ninja family. Just on entry points alone, this place is already pretty cool.

Everything at this establishment is meant to be fun and they love wordplay. In their own words, everything they do is because “That's how a true Ninja rolls.” Of course they are talking about sushi rolls, but the idea and concept is really fun.

At Sus Hi Eatstation, they encourage customers to be creative and to use their imagination to create sushi that is uniquely their own. Every single item that they make is unique to the individual, and they never get two items that are identical. Every Ninja has their own style and they are here to help you master it.

The process starts when you order. You choose a roll, made with dried seaweed, a bowl, or a flour tortilla as your base. Next you choose white rice, brown rice or salad, and then you pick a protein. They have plenty of offerings from spicy tuna, salmon, tempura shrimp, cooked shrimp, chicken and even grilled steak. Tofu is also a popular option.

Now it's time for your ingredients. They have 20 options to choose from.. cucumber, cream cheese, carrots, scallions, masago, tempura flakes and yes, they even have BACON, basically whatever you can conceive to make some super dank sushi roll or bowl...they have you covered.

Finally you move on to the sauce selection. With 10 choices from Triple X hot sauce to Ginger Sesame, Sus Hi has got a sauce for you. Hot, sweet, tangy, hot and sweet, traditional ponzu, you can add the perfect amount of zing or heat or sweet to anything the Ninjas make you.

They also offer small bites like Krab Rangoon, Egg Rolls, Dumplings, Seaweed Salad, and something they call Rice Fries made with rice and nori tempura served plain or loaded with cheese, bacon and scallion.



For something a bit healthier, you can make a roll with Brown Rice. This is a custom roll made with brown rice, tempura shrimp, tuna, avocado, cucumber, cream cheese, carrots, tempura fried & topped volcano style which is krab, scallops & spicy mayo with masago. It was so good, and it was custom made.

So many different options to create your own roll, bowl, or wrap. This was a roll made with white rice, spicy tuna, salmon, cream cheese, avocado, scallions, cucumber & masago & a side of spicy mayo.

Building your own bowl is a good way to get as much of what you want all in one place. This bowl is literally loaded down with brown rice, salmon, spicy salmon, cucumber, volcano toppings, edamame, scallions, carrots, fried sweet potatoes, daikon, avocado, seaweed salad, masago, nori seasoning, ponzu sauce & the house signature 'Triple X' sauce… like BOOM!

Fried pork & vegetable dumpling was nice and crisp on the outside & even better dipped in the house signature 'Triple X' sauce.

Integrity and Fast sushi with high quality ingredients is what Sus Hi Eatstation is all about. They stand by the quality of ingredients that are prepared fresh daily. Look into the kitchen dojo and you'll find Ninjas skillfully preparing your food for the day. They believe in FRESH, FAST & FUN Sushi, serving food that they are proud to present to all those within the Ninja family!

Built by you, and served by ninjas, this is fun fast sushi in a cool atmosphere and the only limit to what type of sushi experience you want to have is your own imagination.

This review took place at the Altamonte Springs location, but they also have another location at 4498 N Alafaya Trail #324, Orlando, FL. Both locations open at 11:00 am. The Orlando location has a standard 10:00pm closing time, while the Altamonte Springs location closes at 9:00pm, except for Friday and Saturday, they are open until 10:00pm.

Sus Hi Eatstation Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato
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