The Orlando Dragonfly differs from their flagship restaurant in Gainesville by featuring a traditional Japanese robata grill. As I understand it, robata loosely translates to “around the fireplace”; where food is cooked over Japanese binchō-tan charcoal. In old Japan a traditional charcoal-fired hearth was once found in every home. Dragonfly’s Executive Chef, Hideaki “Ray” Leung, explains this much better than I can in this video.
1. Chef Hideaki adds the finishing touches | 2. Bacon-wrapped enoki mushrooms | 3. Binchō-tan charcoals at Dragonfly Orlando | 4. Chicken & Beef Skewers from the Robata
Sushi, sashimi, maki rolls (seaweed outside), uramaki (rice outside) and specialty rolls are very much a part of their menu (a favorite being their signature roll The Dragonfly); along with a long list of cooked items made from fine ingredients.
Owner Hiro Leung is very vocal about his commitment to fresh ingredients and quality produce and seafood – the menu is crafted around this mantra with dishes that feature high quality (wa-gyū) beef, duck, pork and of course seafood and shellfish. If you’re looking for flavor and quality but something more casual try their spin-off casual dining project – Yume Ume Japanese Kitchen.
A few favorites from Dragonfly Orlando are:
5. Crispy Tofu | 6. Sashimi Salad | 7. Chef’s table at Dragonfly Robata | 8. Agedashi Tofu | 9. Wakame Salad | 10. Seafood Clay Pot from Dragonfly Gainesville, Fl | 11. The Dragonfly Roll | Cover photo: Krispy Krunch Roll
Need a dumpling and dim sum fix? Switch gears from Japanese to Chinese cuisine with our Beginner’s Guide to Dim Sum in Gainesville, FL
All photos provided by Dragonfly and Imagin Asia Restaurant Management Co. Photos 9 and 10 by Melanie Ling. ©