Bohn Appetit: Searching for Orlando’s Best Business Lunches and Happy Hour Hideaways
Whether you’re just escaping the office for an hour or making a vital first impression on a client, there can be a lot more riding on a business lunch than just quelling a bad case of hunger-induced grumpiness. What if the service is too slow? Will we be able to find a table? Is the food good? With this city on a steady (and welcome) upward foodie culture trajectory, your options when searching for Orlando’s best business lunches and happy hours are only getting larger. But don’t worry, we know a guy.
Introducing Bohn Chhim, Findsome & Winmore designer by day, foodie philanthropist by night. In the new blog series, Bohn Appetit, our titular hero is prepared to venture across this sprawling and eclectic city, as well as its various suburbs, to find the perfect eats and drinks to satiate Orlando’s professionals. From tried and true staples that you may have missed to hidden gems that you need to experience for yourself, Bohn is ready to eat and drink his way across The City Beautiful. It’s a tough gig and we sincerely hope he’ll be alright (though we get the feeling he’ll be just fine).
So, for our very first entry, Bohn has selected one of our office’s picks for Orlando’s best business lunches, Seito Sushi. Within walking distance from Findsome & Winmore in the rather isolated community of Baldwin Park, if you’re looking for sushi, ramen or Japanese grilled favorites, this spot is absolutely worth your time.
Seito Sushi, Baldwin Park | Bohn’s Breakdown
Dishes to Try
- Spicy Tuna Kobachi – If you like the taste of tuna, the Spicy Tuna Kobachi is basically sashimi grade tuna served with a special type of chili spices and sesame oil. They’re nice chunks of tuna that you can (and should) share with a date or friend. The spice is not too overpowering and you can still taste the fish with every bite. If you’re craving something else but you still want sushi, this is a good appetizer to add on.
- Pork Belly Bao Buns – THE TRUTH! Seriously, everyone in the office loves the bao buns. Typically, bao is a steamed bread bun stuffed with various fillings (meat, sweets, etc) inside. Seito’s version is folded around the filling, which usually happens to be pork belly, but I have seen different kinds there before. Definitely a must-try for anyone new to the place.
- Tonkotsu Ramen – Before I discovered Seito’s ramen, I’d go all the way to Sapporo Ramen on West Colonial to get decent ramen, but Seito has made that trip a lot shorter. Tonkotsu Ramen is made from a pork base, boiled for hours until you’re left with a rich soup, which Seito tops with braised pork belly and a perfectly cooked, soy-seasoned, soft-boiled egg. You’ll also find pieces of dried seaweed and other garnishes. Perfect for a cold or rainy day. Probably not good for a business meeting with clients, unless you know how to eat noodles carefully. Good luck if you have a beard. (Protip: Put the noodles in the spoon!)
- Pork Loin Katsu – Panko breaded pork over daikon “hash browns,” topped with a fried egg and sprinkled with chopped green onions. One of our other designers (Juan) tried it for the first time and is seriously hooked. It can be a pretty heavy dish, seeing that it‘s deep fried pork, but sometimes you jus’ gotta treat yo’ self!
- Roasted Salmon – Perfect for a light lunch. At $9, you get a piece of Salmon in their white miso sauce, over seasoned vegetables. Last time I got it, it arrived with a side of bok choy which paired surprisingly well with the Salmon. The lunch deal salmon might be a lot smaller than you expect so if you want a larger piece they have a bigger version (Roasted Faroe Island Salmon) that is just as good.
- Nigiri – Their nigiri is all pretty serious bidness’. I don’t really like eating sushi that is topped with so many ingredients that you can’t taste the fish so nigiri is my usual choice. I’ve tried their scallop, tuna, salmon, yellowtail, etc. and have been seriously blown away. One of our developers (Eric) loves their crab nigiri, which uses real crab and not imitation.
- You can get in and out for lunch within an hour if you’re not with a big party. Ask for your check after you receive your food if it might be a concern.
- Seating is usually available, both inside and outside, which is perfect for Orlando’s cooler fall and winter days.
- Happy Hour is a pretty good deal. $3 Sapporo drafts, $4 single wells, and $6 dishes. You can also get 3 pieces of Nigiri for $6. (Note the food happy hour is Monday – Thursdays, so check first!)
- On a personal note, I find the music here to be perfect. They usually play chilled-out hip hop along the lines of Apollo Brown and Nujabes, which makes for a nice, subtle ambience.
- $9 lunch deals include a soup and salad.
- Tea comes out with a kettle and a constantly rotating selection of teas which has never failed to impress. I love their choices!
- Service here is great. I’ve had one issue when I came with a party once and they remade the dish, on the house.
So, I think it’s safe to say, if you’re looking for sushi or an Asian-style lunch in Baldwin Park, Seito is just about the best bet you’ll get. From killer nigiri to bao buns that have left our office singing their praises from the rooftops, they definitely have some choice items that will leave you saying, “arigato.” The ambiance is quiet enough to bring clients, but also hip enough to enjoy with friends and colleagues alike. They also offer a full bar, perfect for planning an after-work meetup during happy hour, which is from 5pm-6:30pm every day.
Bohn, and basically the entire office, can easily add Seito Sushi to our list of Orlando’s best business lunches.
But what say you? Have you tried Seito Sushi? Are you about that bao bun life as much as we are? Share your opinion on Seito Sushi or your pick for Orlando’s best business lunches or happy hour spots by hashtagging #BohnAppetit on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. Until then, Bohn Appetit, Orlando!