There is an explosion of unique and trendy restaurants in Orlando. The city is a well-known mecca of roller coasters and big furry characters but did you know there is hardly a cuisine you can’t find here? Take Tako Cheena for example- a fusion of Asian and Mexican culture that is popular for business lunches and late-night munchies.
The menu is mostly tacos and at $2.80-3.50 a pop, one can really mix and match to customize a unique and flavorful meal. The most popular choice is the Pano Crusted Cod Taco– big lightly fried pieces of fish mixed with cabbage and scallions. This is not your average fish taco- there is a sweet and sour onion sauce here that adds an Asian twist and elevates this taco to superstar status.
Another popular choice is the Thai Peanut Chicken Taco– or in our case- the Thai Peanut Tofu Taco. Sauteed tofu with a cilantro cabbage mix and crushed peanuts stuffed into a flour tortilla. One thing Tako Cheena does is STUFF the tortilla. It’s messy and forks are necessary. The cabbage mix is flavorful enough but add in the crushed peanuts and this is another hit.
I also tried the Tom Yum Mojo Shrimp– a taco I heard many others ordering here. The shrimp was not wimpy. Large shrimp in a marinated slaw with scallions and cilantro made this completely worth the $3.50 price tag. This was possibly my most favorite of all the tacos we tried.
The last taco we ordered was on the specials board- the Sweet Stranger Tempeh Taco. This was perhaps the most Latin-inspired of everything we tried. Tempeh was mixed with fajita-style red and green peppers in a corn tortilla.
I ordered a side of the avocado wasabi sauce and I thought it was incredibly tasty with all our tacos.
I can see why Tako Cheena has such a cult following. Similar to that of their sister restaurant- Pom Pom’s Teahouse, another very popular establishment in Orlando. Both are located in the Mills 50 district- one of the trendiest foodie neighborhoods in the city.
Tako Cheena has late hours for the late-night bar crowd- they are open until 4am on Friday and Saturday nights, 11pm Tuesday through Thursday and closed on Mondays. When we were there quite late, there was constant stream of patrons enjoying the twisted tacos. Five out of five sprouts.