Orlando is cluttered with sushi places and most of them are all the same- tuna rolls, salmon rolls, California rolls…..though there are a few that stand out of the crowd. Izziban Sushi is one of those places that isn’t like the others. Half the restaurant is actually reserved to serve Korean BBQ. Each table has its own grill to cook up an unlimited buffet of meats and fish for $24.99. However, every person at those tables must order the buffet no exceptions so don’t plan on visiting with half the table ordering the buffet and the other half noshing on sushi.
If it is sushi you are craving, the other half of the restaurant is reserved for rolls and bento boxes. The menu offers everything from sushi pizza to a popcorn shrimp sundae to a strawberry mango roll. We, however, have been there a few times for happy hour.
Happy Hour is offered seven days a week twice a day- once for lunch from 11:00am-12:30pm and again at dinner from 3:00pm until 7:00pm. Select appetizers, Bento boxes and sushi rolls are discounted. We have both ordered the two roll Izzi Roll combo special where you can chose any two rolls from a select list for $7.50.
Chad ordered the Avocado Roll and the Veggie Roll. While the Avocado Roll was pretty basic, the Veggie Roll was stuffed with avocado, cucumber, lettuce, asparagus and two Japanese vegetables- gobo and kanpyo.
I ordered the Las Vegas Roll and the Banana Roll. The Las Vegas Roll was so delicious with deep fried eel, avocado, cream cheese, Krab, scallions and eel sauce.
I thought of the Banana Roll as more of a dessert- banana tempura, avocado and cucumber with crushed cashew nuts and drizzled with the sweet eel sauce. Though you could taste the banana, it was not overpowering and blended well with the avocado and cucumber. The cashew nuts were perfect on top.
I also tried the Paradise Roll which was oyster tempura, lettuce, masago (roe), eel sauce and spicy mayo. I can’t say I have ever had an oyster roll before as I have never seen it offered anywhere else. It was possibly one of the most amazing tastes ever. I highly recommend the Paradise Roll.
We have both also enjoyed the Bento boxes. The Bento boxes are a great deal at $12 each. You get a choice of a main dish served with a shrimp roll, steamed rice, salad, miso soup and a vegetable gyoza (dumpling). I had the shrimp Bento which I liked a lot.
Chad ordered the salmon Bento box and for an extra $1 was able to substitute a veggie roll for the shrimp. The salmon was a good portion and was perfectly grilled.
Other items that are great deals for happy hour are the appetizers like the spring rolls for $3 and the Nigiri like the Tuna at $1.50 a piece.
We love Izziban Sushi. We will enjoy many more visits as there is still so much on the sushi menu that we have to try. The original location is next to the Florida Mall and there is a new location on East Colonial. 4 1/2 out of 5 sprouts.