Miyako Sushi Bar & Hibachi Grill
The new shopping center at Clayton Crossing near the 417 overpass in Oviedo went up last year seemingly overnight. Publix was the only occupant for a short time, but it was soon followed by both a hair and nail salon, a dry cleaner, a phone store, and Miyako Sushi Bar & Hibachi Grill. Miyako is the joint venture of restaurateurs who specialize primarily in Asian cuisine, according to its website. I heard through the grapevine that Miyako’s lunch was both affordable and plentiful.
The decor is not what I expected to find at a sushi bar or hibachi grill. I had the impression that Miyako was a teppanyaki style restaurant, or a cook-it-yourself hibachi at the table like those found in many Korean restaurants. Miyako is a rather plainly decorated restaurant except for the modern Asian style design of the sushi bar. No teppanyaki tables or hibachi; just booths and tables and walls that are mostly bare. I’m not disappointed by any means; I found the simple but modern Asian decor to be more than pleasant. Service too was both friendly and prompt.
On the menu: Sushi and sashimi, of course, tempura, udon, teriyaki/hibachi, soup, and seaweed or seafood salad. My husband and I started with the tempura shrimp appetizer, which was more than enough food. In addition to the four large prawn, the appetizer also included broccoli, sweet potatoes, onion rings, and zucchini. The tempura was cooked perfectly; the shrimp was enshrined in a golden yet crispy crust that made me want to lick my fingers, and the vegetables were firm but limber (I ate them all too). Clear soup, with mushrooms sliced paper-thin, followed the appetizer along with a dinner salad and house ginger dressing.
After the tempura shrimp appetizer, I was filling up fast. I sampled the soup, but dived head first into the thick ginger dressing. I nearly licked the bowl.
By the time my entrée arrived, I was close to full. Still, when the beautifully prepared tenderloin steak and shrimp arrived, I couldn’t resist. It was made teppanyaki style along with a side of the “white” sauce that is served at Kobe’s and other teppanyaki houses. The steak was cooked just as I ordered, and it was tender and juicy. My husband had the salmon, which was grilled and dressed in a glazed teriyaki sauce. He ate it before I could snap a photo.
We didn’t leave much for leftovers. Miyako offered red bean or green tea ice cream, and cheesecake. I had a hard time finishing my plum wine, so I couldn’t consider dessert. Maybe next time. I’m curious about red bean ice cream.
Miyako is reasonably priced with dinner plates ranging from $8.95 – $14.95. Lunch specials start at around $5.25; sushi is priced to order. Miyako is certainly worth a trip.