By Tatiana Ortiz

Individuals visiting the Valrico area in search to fulfill their craving of Asian food should visit Robongi. It offers a vast selection of Asian Fusion Cuisine food items.

This Valrico restaurant became established in December 2016. The Robongi owner, Jian Lin, brought the idea to incorporate a food menu that includes sushi, Chinese, grilled items and more. He also owns another place in Valrico called Asian Kitchen, which serves as a to-go restaurant. Guests can dine-in for lunch, dinner or do carry-out. For an additional $2 the restaurant does deliver, but only to the Valrico area. It does catering as well.

“Through the other restaurant I heard many people inquiring about sushi and delivery. Robongi opened as another avenue for our customers,” Lin said.

To add, as soon as diners walk into Robongi they will notice a sushi bar with a high countertop and chairs. The restaurant seats 65 diners comfortably with multiple tables and booths available. Two flat screen televisions can also be seen mounted on the walls as part of Robongi’s décor.

The restaurant serves lunch from 11 a.m.- 3 p.m. and offers a variety of specials too. For example, the Combo Box Lunch cost $9.50. It consists of either Chicken Teriyaki, Beef Teriyaki and a few other choices. It comes with salad, rice, three gyozas (dumplings) and three California rolls. Besides specials, Robongi does provide a wide range of food options to choose from such as Seafood Delight, Sushi Sashimi, Steamed Chicken with mixed vegetables and much more. The restaurant sells wine, soda, tea and other beverage items too. Also, patrons can order ice cream and fried bananas for dessert.
“Overall, I want the community to know that we provide different types of food here at Robongi,” Lin said.

For more information, visit It is located at 2519 E. SR 60 in Valrico. Open Monday, Wednesday and Thursday from 11 a.m.- 10 p.m., Friday through Saturday 11 a.m.- 10:30 p.m. and Sunday 12 Noon – 9:30 p.m. Call 662-2997.

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Tatiana Ortiz is a freelance writer with the Osprey Observer Newspaper. She began as an intern here in 2010 and has been writing since. Tatiana graduated from the University of South Florida in 2015. She earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Mass Communications with a concentration in Public Relations. In her free time, Tatiana enjoys photography, biking and being with her family.