Although no additional stars were awarded by MICHELIN to Orlando restaurants during the company’s selection party on Thursday, the City Beautiful now boasts 15 restaurants with either one star or a Bib Gourmand designation.
On Thursday, May 11, the MICHELIN Guide Florida selection party took over LoanDepot Stadium in downtown Miami. During the event, over a dozen new Florida selections received a star, as well as eight new Bib Gourmands.
During the first week of May, the guide announced that four Orlando restaurants were among the eight new Bib Gourmands. Those restaurants include Isan Zaap, which serves Thai cuisine with Laotian overlaps, as well as Otto’s High Dive, which opened its doors near downtown Orlando in December.
The list also includes Winter Garden-based Norigami, which serves sushi in a “casual, choose your own adventure” style, and Taste of Chengu, which serves traditional Szechuan dishes at two locations in Baldwin Park and along Colonial Drive.
Last year, four Orlando restaurants received a coveted MICHELIN star, including Capa, Kadence, Knife & Spoon, and Soseki. In addition to the stars awarded to Orlando for the first time, seven restaurants from Orlando were designated as Bib Gourmands at the time.
That list has now grown to eleven restaurants and features establishments like Strand, Bombay Street Kitchen, Papa Llama, and Z Asian, among others.
In addition to the restaurants that were recognized, during Thursday’s ceremony, Soseki beverage director Benjamin S. Coutts was awarded the guide’s 2023 Sommelier Award. The award made its debut in 2021 and recognizes sommeliers with a high level of understanding and knowledge in accompanying wines with their one-starred restaurants.
To read the complete list of the restaurants that have been awarded a MICHELIN star in Florida, visit the 2023 Florida MICHELIN Stars webpage. To read a complete list of the Bib Gourmands in Florida, visit the 2023 Florida MICHELIN Bib Gourmands webpage.