2024 MICHELIN Guide Florida Awards Recognize 4 New MICHELIN Starred Orlando Restaurants + More

MICHELIN Starred Orlando Restaurants - Camille, Natsu, Papa Llama, Victoria & Albert’s
Camille, Natsu, Papa Llama, Victoria & Albert’s

Last night (April 18), the 2024 MICHELIN Guide Florida Awards were given out at a ceremony at the Tampa EDITION hotel, and four Orlando restaurants received new One-Star recognition, three retained their Stars, and another received the Green Star rating. Plus several individuals received recognition during the ceremony.

Here are the Orlando area people and places the MICHELIN Guide took notice of:

One Stars

Camille

Cuisine: Vietnamese
Location: Baldwin Park
Website: camilleorlando.com

MICHELIN says: “Chef Tung Phan has taken the pop-up and given it permanence at this space just off Lake Baldwin. It’s boldly sleek with elegant touches (think wood accents and beautiful lighting). Seats at the counter feature the ten-course Vietnamese-French tasting menu, while booths offer an abbreviated version. Rooted in French techniques, Vietnamese flavors are given a refined twist here. The Dungeness crab curry arrives with a tartlet shell, filled with crab meat and mixed with lime, served atop the lid, which when removed, reveals a deliciously hearty curry. Salmon over king trumpet noodles in a tamarind and pineapple sauce is creative, but the best may be saved for last. The sweet potato brioche topped with a “gold” chocolate ice cream and Vietnamese coffee sauce is an elegant finale.”

 

Camille
Christopher Abeleda/Camille

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Natsu

Cuisine: Japanese
Location: North Quarter District in Downtown Orlando
Website: natsuomakase.com

MICHELIN says: “At Natsu, there are just two seatings a night at this intimate omakase where a ten-seat counter dominates a spartan-styled room. Meals begin with four dishes from the kitchen, including chawanmushi and truffle kampachi, served with crispy potato straws and a yuzu truffle vinaigrette for an unexpected flavor combination that is especially memorable. The sushi is impressive and doesn’t gild the lily, as in skin-on barracuda with a dynamic char or soy-marinated salmon that finishes ever-so-sweetly. Supremely buttery toro needs no flourish and is melt-in-your-mouth tender. It all rounds out with a hand roll and ice cream.”

Titan Wang/Natsu
Titan Wang/Natsu

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Papa Llama

Cuisine: Peruvian
Location: Curry Ford West
Website: papallamaorl.com

MICHELIN says: “Don’t be fooled by its modest surrounds, as the interior is modern and cool. Leather chairs are especially inviting, and tables offer a view of the gleaming kitchen.

The natural wine program is impressive. “Husband-and-wife duo Kevin and Maria Ruiz prepare modern Peruvian cuisine full of bright ingredients with a bit of polish, and the multicourse tasting menu is an approachable (and affordable) way to sample their sincere cooking. Nigiri kicks off the meal with a smart nod to the Peruvian tradition of Japanese fusion, delivering dialed-in flavors with confidence. Bok choy is elevated with bold, contrasting textures, while chicken thigh roulade with aji amarillo aioli is simply spectacular. For dessert, sweet potato donuts over a blueberry compote seal the deal.”

PAPA LLAMA
Maria Belen Ruiz/PAPA LLAMA

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Victoria & Albert’s

Cuisine: Contemporary
Location: Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa
Website: Disneyworld.com

MICHELIN says: “Nestled within Disney’s crown jewel, the Grand Floridian Resort, this restaurant is by no means an easy reservation, but the reward is a kind of magic rarely seen these days. The setting is intimate, and the pacing is that of a leisurely, three-hour waltz orchestrated by a gracious brigade of veteran servers. Chef Matthew Sowers cooks with contemporary verve and draws on influences spanning from Asia to the Nordics. Think delicate tarts set with New Zealand langoustine, striking “sandwiches” made with venison carpaccio and red cabbage, and bold sauces like cherry-cola bordelaise. Other details like water lists, an ornate coffee and tea service, and a serious wine program further impress.”

Kent Phillips/Victoria & Albert's
Kent Phillips/Victoria & Albert’s

Soseki Modern Omakase in Winter Park, Capa Steakhouse & Bar at Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort, and Kadence in the Audubon Park Garden District retained their one-star recognition.

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Green Stars

This designation recognizes exceptional sustainable dining that doesn’t sacrifice flavor,

Kaya

Cuisine Filipino
Location: Mills 50 district
Website: kayaorlando.com

Their vision:

“We are proud that more than 90% of our produce is coming from Florida farms. We center our work around the Filipino value bayanihan, a spirit of communal support. We have built Kaya with the intention to improve the local restaurant-farmer-community ecosystem from how we hire and develop our team to partnering with local artisans, sourcing our produce and seafood as locally as possible, minimizing waste through intentional and creative utilization of byproducts.”

Lee Romero/Kaya
Lee Romero/Kaya

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Other Awards

The Michelin Service Award was given to Israel Perez, maître d’hôtel and sommelier of Victoria & Albert’s, a One-Star Awardee

The Michelin Exceptional Cocktails Award was given to Justin Levaughn of Otto’s High Dive, a Bib Gourmand.

These are in addition to the two new Bib Gourmand restaurants recognized earlier this week.

Michelin Guide Orlando Bib Gourmand - Sushi Saint + Zara
Sushi Saint + Zara

Here are the all of this year’s Bib Gourmand recognized restaurants:

  • Sushi Saint – City District *New*
  • Zaru — Mills 50 *New*
  • Bombay Street Kitchen — South Orlando
  • Domu — Audubon Park Garden District
  • Isan Zaap — Millenia
  • Norigami — Winter Garden
  • Otto’s High Dive — Milk District
  • Taste of Chengdu — Baldwin Park
  • The Ravenous Pig — Winter Park
  • The Strand Food & Drink — Mills 50
  • Z Asian — Mills 50

Orlando now has 30 MICHELIN Recommended Orlando restaurants including:

  • AVA MediterrAegean — Winter Park
  • BACÁN — Lake Nona Wave Hotel
  • Black Rooster Taqueria — Mills 50
  • Citricos — Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa
  • Chuan Fu – Winter Park
  • EDOBOY — Mills 50
  • Four Flamingos, A Richard Blais Florida Kitchen — Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress
  • Juju — Milk District
  • Kabooki Sushi — Milk District (Second Location in Dr. Phillips)
  • Kai Asian Street Fare — Winter Park
  • Kaya — Mills 50
  • Knife & Spoon – Grande Lakes Orlando
  • Maxine’s on Shine — Colonialtown
  • Morimoto Asia — Disney Springs
  • Pizza Bruno — Curry Ford West
  • Prato — Winter Park
  • Primo by Melissa Kelly — The Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes
  • Ravello — Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort
  • Sear + Sea — JW Marriott Orlando Bonnet Creek Resort & Spa
  • Se7en Bites — Milk District
  • Selam Ethiopian & Eritrean Cuisine — SeaWorld Orlando Area
  • Shin Jung — Mills 50
  • Sticky Rice — Mills 50
  • Swine & Sons — Winter Park
  • The Pinery — Ivanhoe Village Main Street in Downtown Orlando
  • The Polite Pig — Disney Springs
  • Toledo – Tapas, Steak & Seafood — Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort
  • Tori Tori — Mills 50
  • Twenty Pho Hour — International Drive Area
  • YH Seafood Clubhouse — Dr. Phillips

Congratulations to all the restaurants that were recognized this year! And now all of you have a list of restaurants to try, if you haven’t already.

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