We were starving by the time we got to Orlando, and had planned to have dinner at Hanamizuki, which is supposed to be very near our hotel. We hadn’t had Japanese food for the longest time, and were seriously craving some tempura, sashimi and udon soup.

Hanamizuki is supposed to be one of the more authentic restaurants in Orlando. It was pretty quiet when we got there, partly also because its location isn’t very prominent. Even our taxi driver had never heard of it before. We ordered 2 dinner sets and some Matsutake mushroom tempura, as they’re in season now, and we have never tried them before.


There was seriously a lot of food. The Matsutake mushrooms are a very meaty kind of mushroom, with a very delicate flavor. We’re not sure if tempura is the best way to showcase the mushroom, as it robs it of its flavor a little. Nevertheless it was very nicely done, and served with a small dish of very fine salt to compliment the tempura.

Our dinner sets were huge. They came with salad, pickled vegetables, sashimi and chawanmushi. All were competent, but not spectacular. K’s main of grilled salmon was decent, and A’s udon soup was piping hot and very satisfying.

Overall it was just an ok dinner, helped along by the fact that we were starving, so pretty much anything would have tasted good.

Service: 7.5/10
Food: 6.5/10

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