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New, Recent, and Upcoming Restaurant Openings in Orlando – October 31, 2022 edition

Here are a few recent openings and upcoming restaurant openings in Orlando! Big thanks to Joe S. and Gary Lau for their help in compiling this great list!!

New and Recent Restaurant Openings in Orlando 

Meng’s Kitchen by chef Asawin AJ Knight Jockkeaw.
inside I-Fresh Market
2415 E Colonial Dr, , Orlando, FL, United States, Florida
http://www.mengskitchensorlando.com/
(407) 730-8910

Specializing in Thai and southeast Asian cuisine – like the Hainanese Chicken and Rice – poached chicken served over hainanese style rice pilaf with ginger, garlic & soy dipping sauce, and a side of broth and the Braised Pork Hunglay Curry – marinated pork belly and pork shoulder with toasted garam masala slowly braised with hunglay curry paste, shallots, pickled garlic, fresh mango, tamarind paste and fresh ginger.

K-BBQ & Bar
5101 East Colonial Drive
Orlando, FL 32803
www.k-bbqorlando.com

Orlando’s news Korean BBQ spot includes $39.99 AYCE KBBQ option which includes the Banchan, nine different meats, and five appetizers – there’s also Korean Poached Egg (Gyeranjjim), Fried Dumplings (Goon Mandu), and Ganjang Bibimbap.

K-BBQ & Bar opened in a 5,351-square-foot space that once was Oblivion Taproom and most recently was Roy’s Grill & Lounge.

BUSINESS HOUR
WED ~ MON
3PM ~ 12AM
CLOSED ON TUESDAY

Paris Baguette
415 South Orlando Avenue, Suite 213
Winter Park, FL 32789
www.parisbaguette.com

The first Paris Baguette in Florida opened recently in Winter Park – the Seoul, South Korea-based Korean-French bakery chain has over 3,500 locations in South Korea. The 2,460-square-foot Winter Park location is a corporate owned store. The second location in Florida, a franchised store, will open in Winter Garden‘s Horizon West community in the coming months.

818 Best Dim Sum & Seafood Restaurant
Shoppes at Millenia
4192 Conroy Road, Suite 109
Orlando, FL 32839
www.818bestdimsum.com

Orlando’s newest Dim Sum restaurant opened today in the former King Crab Shack spot in front of The Mall at Millenia. 818 Best Dim Sum & Seafood Restaurant is from the same local owner as 818 Heat Hot Pot & BBQ on South Kirkman Road and 818 Hot Pot and Barbecue coming soon to South Apopka Vineland Road. Dim Sum is served everyday from 10:30 AM – 9:30 PM. Rolling carts are available only during lunchtime.

Mangia
Town Center at Timber Springs
425 Avalon Park South Boulevard, Suite 400
Orlando, FL 32828
www.mangia-italian.com

Mangia opened at the end of August in the former Lil’ Anthony’s Pizza spot in Avalon Park. Mangia is owned by the Zuccarone-Russo Family. They immigrated to Orlando from the Bagnoli quarter of Naples, Italy in 2013. Father and son chef duo, Rosario Russo and Gennaro Russo lead the kitchen. Rosario is a member of the esteemed APCI (Association of Professional Italian Chefs), based in Italy.”

Banana Leaf
Stoneybrook Marketplace
2504 South Alafaya Trail, Suite 360
Orlando, FL 32828
www.bananaleafllc.com

Orlando‘s newest Sri Lankan restaurant opened in July. Friendly owner Nilanga Dassanayake was born in Colombo, Sri Lanka. He moved to Orlando this year from Los Angeles. Chef Nadee was born in Gampaha, Sri Lanka. The restaurant features a wonderful Sri Lankan lunch buffet on the weekends.

The weekend lunch buffet includes 10 items:
•Kaha Bath (Yellow Butter Rice)
•Annasi Curry (Pineapple Curry)
•Uru Mas Curry (Pork Curry)
•Kukul Mas Curry (Chicken Curry)
•Kadala Curry (Chickpea Curry)
•Malu Curry (Fish Curry)
•Amba Maluwa (Mango Curry)
•Polos Curry (Jackfruit Curry)
•Kiri Pani with Kithul Treacle (Curd with Palm Syrup)
•Papadam

The lunch buffet is Saturday and Sunday from 11:30 AM to 5:30 PM. It is $19.99 per person.

Yao’s Modern Kitchen
Pop-Up – Locations TBA
www.yaosorl.com

The Yiu siblings (George, Diane, and Eddie) have teamed up with Chris Chen and Philip Nguyen to bring this new concept to Orlando featuring dumplings, mapu tofu tots, and fried rice and more. Stay tuned!

East Garden Chinese Restaurant
Chinatown Plaza
5136 West Colonial Drive
Orlando, FL 32808
www.eastgardenorlando.kwickmenu.com/index.php

Featuring Cantonese and Dim Sum – East Garden opened in May 2022. Co-owners Ivy and her husband John also own Asian Sauce Box in Port Orange.

Wafu – East End Market – Audubon Park Garden District
3201 Corrine Drive, Suite 203
Orlando, FL 32803

Wafu opened June 2022 on the second level of East End Market in the Audubon Park Garden District. They specialize in Japanese taiyaki with sweet or savory fillings, soft serve ice cream, and they have a few shelves with exclusive merchandise for sale.

Sourdough Bread House
Casselberry Exchange
5761 South US Highway 17-92, Suite 1021
Casselberry, FL 32707
www.sourdoughbreadhouse.com

They just moved from Maitland to Casselberry last month. Featuring Turkish breakfast and sourdough breads.

92Chicken
5510 West Colonial Drive, Suite 106
Orlando, FL 32808
www.92chickenfl.com

Virginia-based Korean-style fried chicken chain, 92Chicken has opened their first location in Florida! They are in a soft opening right now.   It is owned by South Korean-born Sung Isaac Lee who used to own Kaizen Izakaya in Downtown Orlando.

Coming Soon

Sweet Buns Bakery & Cafe

2021 E. Colonial Drive

A late-night Hong Kong-style diner, is coming to Mills 50,  founded by John Zhao, the restaurateur behind YH Seafood Clubhouse in Dr. Phillips and Pho 813 near the Mall at Millenia.  This will be the third Sweet Buns in Florida after Tampa and Gainesville, but they will have a full kitchen firing up Hong Kong-style diner fare in addition to the bakery’s sugary buns, breads, cakes and assorted baked goods, according to the Orlando Weekly. The location takes over King Crab Shack at 2021 E. Colonial Drive — formerly Lac Viet.

Jollibee

11891 E. Colonial Drive

Although previously slated to open in east Orlando on October 31, the date has been pushed back to December 2022.  The restaurant’s main offerings are Filipino-style fried chicken, pies and spaghetti.

Camille

4962 New Broad Street in Baldwin Park

‘Camille’ by Chef Tung Phan to Open Pop-Up in Domu Lab at East End Market – Orlando is about to get its very first taste of modern French-Vietnamese served Chef’s table-style. Camille, a pop-up, will be opening in Audubon Park this year.

Shoot us any restaurant news and tips by e-mailing us at tastychomps (at) gmail.com !


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