Scott Joseph reviews fine dining downtown, Peruvian dishes, and more

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ORLANDO, Fla. - Our most recent helping of reviews from Orlando Restaurant Critic Scott Joseph have some international eats from Jimotti's ramen to Ahmed Indian Restaurant's Palak Paneer. Check out Chroma Modern Kitchen's lamb sliders, 1921 by Norman Van Aken's artsy atmosphere and find out if Gaviota's Peruvian fare will please your taste buds. 
 
Jimotti’s — It’s a bit of an odd place with an odd name that doesn’t quite convey its Japanese and sushi cuisine. Still, the sushi is nicely done and so is the ramen.
 
Gaviota — The “middle space’’ of the Sanctuary condominium’s first-floor businesses has had a hard time holding on to tenants. Now comes an upscale Peruvian restaurant. The food is good and the staff is sincere and excited to tell people about the cuisine. But whether the downtown crowd will embrace Peruvian fine dining remains to be seen.
 
Ahmed Indian Restaurant UCF — Anyone who wonders about the authenticity of the cuisine here need only refer to the beef section of the menu. Case closed.
 
Chroma Modern Kitchen + Bar — Another Lake Nona restaurant from the Tavistock group, this one focusing on small plates (they’d rather you not call them tapas). Best bet are the lamb sliders.
 
1921 by Norman Van Aken — Florida’s most celebrated chef is betting that Mount Dora’s residence will support an upscale restaurant. The food is as good as you’d expect from a Van Aken venture, but the experience is made extra special by a partnership with the Modernism Museum, which has provided all of the art and even many of the tables and chairs, some made by the late artist Nakeshima.