DID YOU KNOW?
Did you know about these local hotspots?
THAT WE HAVE 2 LOCAL HALAL RESTAURANTS IN CLERMONT?
Both BurgerIM and Guru Restaurant are halal. BurgerIM is fast food place where you can either order their specials or customize your own burger, and Guru Restaurant is a local Indian cuisine location with amazing variety of Indian dishes!
(Pictured: Burgers from BurgerIM)
THAT WE HAVE ANOTHER PUBLIX?
If you are from the Clermont area you would know that we used to have a place called Lucky's Market but they closed down ☹ Now we have a Publix in that location. If you remember Lucky's, you will see they reused some of its original charm in the design.
Now we have a Publix close to the College so we don’t have to drive so far to get some $5 sushi on Wednesday’s.
(Pictured: The Publix storefront after its grand opening)
THAT WE HAVE A LOCAL, AUTHENTIC VIETNAMESE BOBA TEA SHOP?
No more driving all the way to Orlando for the good boba! You can go to Idrink Boba Tea and Sandwiches to have delicious boba and bao. They even have a cute little backdrop, perfect for photos!
(Pictured: the photo area inside the Idrink location)
THAT WE HAVE A SEMI AUTHENTIC RAMEN SHOP?
By: Nafisah Azar
We have a local ramen shop in Clermont! It is in the same plaza as Key Food and has a variety of ramen bowls and rice bowls. They have some vegan options, including a ramen bowl and a rice bowl. The cool thing about their menu is that every dish is customizable. When I was there, I ordered the vegan bowl with regular noodles instead of kale noodles. My sister-in-law added chili oil, black garlic, and regular noodles. The vegetarian small plate options are Takoyaki, which is fried octopus balls, and shrimp tempura. The vegan options are kimchi cucumber, fries, seaweed salad, and edamame.
They have a ton of other meat items, such as the popular tonkatsu and birria ramen. The small plate that is most famously known is the chicharron and spam musubi.
My favorite part of the drink menu is the variety. They have dragon fruit, strawberry, peach, and passion fruit lemonades. They also have Vietnamese iced coffee and Thai Tea. If those aren’t your style, they also have basic unsweetened and sweetened tea and regular Pepsi products.
There are three core dessert items. They have soft serve, which is a classic if you aren’t feeling adventurous, but they also have a Japanese cheesecake and taro delights if you want to try something new. Japanese cheesecake is different from regular cheesecake because it is fluffy and topped with powdered sugar. (You can also add condensed milk or dulce de leche for an additional price). The taro delights are taro cream cheese gyoza with powdered sugared and condensed milk.
Finding a place that attempts to serve authentic ramen is hard, and it may not be 100% authentic, but it is pretty close. If you want authentic ramen, you need to go to Orlando, which, for some of us, is quite the hike. You don’t need to go all the way to Orlando when you can stay in Clermont and enjoy a nice large bowl of ramen. Orochi Ramen has so many layers to its flavors, and the add-ons create some really cool textures. The biggest concern about Orochi Ramen is the fact that they are quite expensive. You get a lot for the price; don’t get me wrong, it is just not affordable to go every single day. It is a once-a-month place for me, but it sure beats trying to get to Orlando in the crazy traffic.
On the note of authenticity, the ambiance isn’t particularly authentic, but the ambiance fits perfectly. When you walk in, you are in awe of how cool it looks with the LED lights. There are LED lights of ramen bowls and axolotls eating ramen. When I walked in and saw an axolotl eating ramen… I was sold. I wanted to sit in there forever. You can either sit at a table or at the bar, and when you sit at the bar, you can almost see the kitchen, and it is cool to see the chefs making your food.
If you want to support a local business, I definitely recommend checking out Orochi Ramen!
Get to Know Nafisah
Hello! My name is Nafisah Azar, and I run the In the Community section of The Angler. I am also The Angler's personal photographer. If you like what you see here, you should check out my personal blog.