ABOVE: Saga Sushi's naruto appetizer. (Mount Dora Buzz photo)
It’s impossible for sushi lovers to have too many good options, and a new local restaurant was recently added to the list of choices.
Saga Sushi is the latest Asian eatery to open in the Mount Dora area and offers not only high-quality sushi, but also hibachi and other popular Japanese dishes like fried rice, katsu, yaki soba and yaki udon (stir fried noodles with a choice of protein, $14-22). There are also a handful of traditional Thai dishes available like Pad Thai ($14-20), Thai mango chicken or shrimp ($18), Thai basil, and Thai curry ($17-$18).
On opening day, we tried an assortment of Saga’s special rolls, including the Pink Lady and the Cape Cod, as well as the Naruto sashimi roll. All were very fresh and the quality of the fish was superior. For landlubbers, the spare ribs with the tamarind sauce were tender and flavorful while the chicken fried rice arrived as a generous portion and was cooked perfectly. The relaxing dining experience in Saga’s contemporary atmosphere was topped off with very friendly and attentive service.
The lunch menu offers specials that include bento boxes ($12-13), hibachi lunches ($10-$16 depending on protein), two select rolls for $12 or three for $15. The menu also offers some interesting salads like the Crispy Ginger Duck Salad ($11) and the Spicy Tuna Avocado Salad ($11) which are different from what is already offered in the area.
Saga Sushi is located at 6551 U.S. Highway 441 in the Stoneybrook Shopping Center. It’s open Monday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and reopens for dinner from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. On Fridays and Saturdays the hours are extended to 10:30 p.m and on Sundays the hours are noon to 10 p.m.
It’s hard to resist a table full of delectable Spanish tapas, and a new Tavares restaurant brought that temptation to the Downtown Entertainment District. Tapas restaurants have long been staples in other cities, but none has come to the Golden Triangle area until now.
Ole Spanish Tapas Restaurant, located in the heart of the Tavares Entertainment District, features a casual atmosphere and a traditional Spanish Tapas menu with a dozen cold appetizers featuring an Adulusian seafood salad ($12), a variety of Spanish cheeses and cured meats like chorizo and Iberico ham. Several warm tapas are also served, including patatas bravas ($8), croquetas de jamón, tortilla Española (traditional Spanish omelet), grilled octopus ($18) and garlic shrimp ($12)
For diners wanting bigger meals, Spanish entrees are also available and range from landlubber favorites like rack of lamb ($36), Tomahawk steak ($48), and a Ribeye with chimichurri (#32). Seafood lovers can pick from grilled seafood in garlic sauce ($44) and cod in a red paprika sauce ($18) among other choices. Couples can also choose from a variety of paellas ($44-$70) that serve two people and are made to order.
On a recent visit much of the food was good, especially the garlic shrimp and the cured meats. Imitation crab meat was used in the Adulusian seafood salad, which wasn’t noted on the menu and didn’t complement the dish. The service was very friendly and attentive. Currently, beverages are limited to soft drinks and iced tea until a liquor license is secured.
Ole Spanish Tapas Restaurant offers ample indoor and outdoor dining and is located at 134 W. Ruby Street in downtown Tavares.