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Key to Symbols Pricing Credit Cards
* 2008 Dining Award Winners
B Breakfast
BR Brunch
L Lunch
D Dinner
h Reservations recommended
n Extensive wine list
$ Dinner entrées under $10
$$ Dinner entrées $10-$15
$$$ Dinner entrées $15-$25
$$$$ Dinner entrées more than $25
AE American Express
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Japanese

*Amura 55 West Church Street, Downtown Orlando 407-316-8500; Plaza Venezia, 7786 West Sand Lake Road, Dr. Phillips 407-370-0007; Colonial Town Plaza, 950 Market Promenade Avenue, Lake Mary 407-936-6001. amura.com L Mon.-Sat., D nightly. Yoko and Chris Chung oversee three of Orlando’s freshest sushi houses, the downtown location hip, the others modern and suave. Price: $$$ Credit cards: All

Fuji Sushi 1449 Lee Road, Winter Park 407-645-1299. fujisushiwinterpark.com L Mon.-Sat.; D daily. Fuji Sushi is the Asian equivalent of a neighborhood burger joint. The fish is fresh, the rolls are nice and the other foods are enjoyable. It’s clear why there are lines out the door. Price: $-$$$ Credit cards: All

Hanamizuki Japanese Restaurant 8255 International Drive, #136, Orlando 407-363-7200. hanamizuki.us L Tue.-Sat.; D Tue.-Sun. Shockingly, this tranquil I-Drive sleeper specializes in the authentic foods of Japan. The flavors are phenomenal. You may be the only customer not conversing in Japanese with the waitresses. Price: $$-$$$ Credit cards: All h

Ichiban Japanese Restaurant 19 South Orange Avenue, Downtown Orlando 407-423-2688. L Mon.-Fri.; D Mon-Sat. You’ll feel like you’re in San Francisco at Ichiban, which has a chic decor. The sushi is fresh. Price: $$ Credit cards: AE MC V n

Shari Sushi Lounge 621 East Central Boulevard, Thornton Park 407-420-9420. sharisushilounge.com L Mon.-Fri.; D Mon.-Sat. The food, the atmosphere and the diners are all stylish at Shari Sushi, which presents cutting-edge Asian fare. Price: $$-$$$ Credit cards: AE MC V

*Shin Sushi and Sake Bar 803 North Orange Avenue, Orlando 407-648-8000. shinsushi.com L Mon.-Fri.; D Mon.-Sat. Four Japanese chefs own and operate this new sushi emporium on the north side of downtown, and they serve up some of Orlando’s freshest and most authentic sushi. Extensive selection of sakes. Price: $$-$$$$ Credit cards: AE CS MC V hn

Sushi House 1311 Florida Mall Avenue, South Orlando 407-812-9767. sushihouseint.com L-D Mon.-Sat. A personable host and down-to-earth ambience, plus great sushi, make this a best bet. A how-to sushi class is offered every two weeks. Price: $$ Credit cards: AE DS MC V n

*Wazzabi Japanese Steakhouse and Sushi Bar 1408 Gay Road, Winter Park 407-647-8744. wazzabisushi.com L-D daily. Wazzabi Sushi feels like an event, with a jazzy décor and thumping music. This Winter Park hot spot offers sushi, traditional entrees like pork medallions seared with three types of mushrooms, and teppanyaki dining. Price: $$$-$$$$ Credit cards: AE DS MC V hn