Shin Sushi recently won Best Japanese in the 2010 Orlando Sentinel Foodie awards. I had previously visited the small yet surprisingly delightful Shin a few times before, but on this occasion I went to visit a loved one for lunch in downtown Orlando.
The decor is decidedly modern with a large water fountain sculpture in front with the word “shin” in Japanese (translated as “heart”). The restaurant is owned by a group of Japanese men, and on this day a few of them are manning the sushi bar as well. The space is not large, maybe fitting 50 people comfortably, but it is intimate and definitely has a urban feel to it. The seats are the only thing I would complain about as they are a bit uncomfortable.
Sushi here at Shin is delicious and fresh, probably some of the freshest in Orlando, and this premium is reflected in their pricing as well. Although it is a bit more expensive, I think the rolls are worth it. They are a work of art.
The Shin hotate roll ($10) is a specialty, made with asparagus wrapped with fresh raw scallops from Hokkaido and each individually topped with yuzu tobiko, spicy mayo, and shredded peppers.
The shin volcano roll ($13) is a laid out flat on the plate, made with a california roll topped with a mixture of baked fresh scallops, shrimp, kanikama, masago, cream cheese, and spicy mayo.
Overall, I would definitely choose Shin for some of the finest sushi in Orlando.
4 out of 5 sushi chomps!!!