Although I was sad to go back to real life and return from vacation, I was overjoyed to be home with my parents. I was only home for one day before leaving for Bald Head Island, and that one day home was my first time being home since Christmas break. I love my parents and my dog, so I miss them when I go so long without seeing them. Oh, and my mom’s cooking. That’s another thing I miss, too.
My mom and I were in Winter Park together on one of my first weekends home, and we were looking to grab a quick bite to eat. Winter Park Village is full of restaurants, so we weren’t in shortage of places to go, but we had to decide what food we were in the mood to eat. We were feeling something Asian, so we decided to have lunch at Sakari Sushi – a Japanese restaurant.
I originally went in thinking I wanted sushi, but then I saw the lunch specials for the bento boxes. I was then immediately drawn to the hot and spicy pork bento box. This box was comprised of a hot and spicy pork that was a thinly sliced pork marinated in a fiery chili sauce and sautéed. It was served on a bed of sweet sautéed onions, as well. The bento box came with miso soup, house salad, steamed rice, beef dumplings and a half California roll. I personally don’t care for California rolls and I try to avoid eating white rice, so I substituted sautéed vegetables for the steamed rice and a sakari roll – tuna, escolar, salmon and krab wrapped in a cucumber skin with ponzu sauce – for the California roll.
My miso soup came out first and it was good – no complaints. This soup tasted pretty much like every other miso soup I’ve had. Nothing special, just your standard miso soup.
Then the pièce de résistance, A.K.A by bento box, came out. I love ginger dressing so I started with the house salad, which was good and standard – no complaints. I then moved to the hot and spicy pork. I thought the pork was tasty, but I thought it would be a little better. I felt like it was missing a little something, but I’m not quite sure what. I still enjoyed it, though. The vegetables were also good and I liked combining them with the pork. The dumplings were great – crispy on the outside and soft on the inside. Sometimes there’s nothing like some good fried dumplings. My favorite thing about the box, though, was the sakari roll. This roll was very refreshing and light. The ponzu sauce gave it some more flavor so it wasn’t too bland, but I enjoyed how light it was. I was surprised I got a whole roll, though, instead of half because I figured I was subbing it for the half California roll.
When we meant to pay, we realized there was a bit of miscommunications. I was charged for the entire sakari roll, unlike the half I thought I was just asking for to sub the half California roll. My mom didn’t have a problem paying for it but she explained to the waitress she needs to explain that to future guests if they try to sub the California roll for a different roll. Besides that, the service was decent. The restaurant atmosphere was sleek and sophisticated, and it came across as very clean. The prices were fair, they weren’t overly cheap but they weren’t expensive by any means. If you’re in Winter Park Village and want Japanese food, you can get pretty good food at Sakari Sushi.
510 N Orlando Ave #104, Winter Park, FL 32789
Mon-Thur, 11:30 AM-2:30 PM and 5:00 PM-10:00 PM; Fri 11:30 AM-2:30 PM and 5:00 PM-11:00 PM; Sat 12:00 PM-11:00 PM; Sun 12:00 PM-10:00 PM