A stylish, pitch-black façade with crimson accents beckons passersby into Asia, where they can indulge in hot-off-the-wok chicken and steak entrees, or revel in the rawness of sushi and hand-rolled maki. Like a mashed-potato sculpture of the United Nations headquarters, each feast is an edible testament to a peaceful blend of cultures, with Chinese dishes of crispy duck sharing table space with South American tuna ceviche and Japanese salmon sashimi. Chefs carefully prepare all dishes according to kosher dietary rules.
Amidst the restaurant's funky zebra-print chairs and flat-screen TVs showing the game, guests end meals of pan-seared gyoza or grilled Atlantic salmon with decadent desserts such as chocolate ganache cake or fried gelato. On Saturday nights, diners pair sushi with potent tropical cocktails including minty mojitos or the signature Pineapple Express.
From a distance, it looks like a scoop of pistachio ice cream or a very large lime. But up close, it's clear that the sphere's green skin is actually a layer of thinly sliced avocado, which conceals a savory lump of snow crab, eel, and sushi rice. A union of artistic presentation and fine ingredients, this dish—called the Green Apple—embodies the creative approach of Fusionarie Japanese Signature's chefs, who craft sushi delicacies from seafood delivered fresh daily. At their kitchen inside Royal Palm Place, house-made mango sauce, wasabi aioli, and other garnishes douse house signature sushi rolls as teriyaki and tonkatsu entrees crisp atop grills and stoves. The eatery's décor echoes the chefs' commitment to presentation, as lantern-like lights illuminate Japanese statuary and the grain of hardwood floors and furnishings.
Chef Yozo Natsui's training in his native Japan, combined with more than 15 years of experience behind the stove, helped earn Bluefin Sushi & Thai Grill the distinction of Best Sushi, 2010 in the Sun Sentinel's Best of South Florida series. Inside a sleek dining room, servers transport fresh slices of fatty tuna and hand rolls from the sushi bar, where Yozo and his cadre of chefs carefully assemble edible cylinders lined with fresh seafood and cool vegetables. They accompany their platters of seared-steak teriyaki with soup or salad, and envelop medleys of vegetables in tempura batter before exposing them to a deep fryer—which is hotter and more philosophically profound than a bourgeois fryer. Servers pour an extensive selection of cold, hot, and flavored sake alongside various wines, imported Asian beers, and Thai iced tea.
Euro Fusion Restaurant & Bar is closed on the Sabbath, from sundown on Friday to sundown on Saturday, and it keeps kosher by serving no meat, only seafood. In its review, the Sun Sentinel lauded the kitchen for turning this restriction into an asset, while the Boca Raton Observer says the eatery cooks kosher and pescatarian meals with such aplomb that dining here is as memorable as seeing an acclaimed Broadway show. This is largely thanks to two chefs. Master Chef Danillo compiles a menu of seemingly disparate items?pasta dishes, pad thai, teriyaki chicken?with masterful skill, while sushi chef Larry Simmons oversees the creation of artistic rolls that are so aesthetically pleasing, some diners take them home to keep in their curio cabinets.
The sprawling eatery seats more than 300 people, with tables both inside and out, where diners can overlook the waterfront. And every night brings different entertainment: live bands, movie screenings, karaoke, and sports events, to name a few. Diners are invited to linger over a signature cocktail or cup of coffee, and even return for breakfast, where pancakes share the bill along with feta-filled puff pastries.
Yakitori Sake House's Japanese lounge conjures a modern glimpse of the East with an artful menu of sushi and char-grilled entrees presented amid diffused neon lighting and dark woods. Classic hints of history, such as three samurai swords glimmering on a stand, catch diners' eyes as they settle in near a variegated brick wall rising from a long ebony-hued bench. At a sushi bar underlit with chartreuse light and illuminated from above by primary-colored glass lamps, chefs transform fresh ingredients into works of art with classic and specialty rolls. A moon roll packs tuna, crab, and jalapeño, whereas the pearl roll wraps soy paper around a core of shrimp tempura and salmon. Meanwhile, grills waft aromas of the restaurant’s signature creations, yakitori, which season and spear vegetables and meat such as quail eggs, pork belly, and alligator on bamboo skewers. Libations from a full bar and a lengthy list of sakes meld with the flavors of the fare, letting customers wash down each bite in a more efficient manner than wrapping their mouths around an open fire hydrant.
A glossy white bar occupies the expansive dining room, curving in a giant half-circle that leads into an area that connects red booths. It looks like the stylish, marble bar found in an upscale lounge, but upon further inspection, it holds plates of sushi that are actually moving. That's because it?s a magnetic conveyor belt, and it invites diners to snag whatever traveling morsels they like. A visit to Jidai Kaiten Sushi and Sake Bar is as much about the experience as it is the food. But with fresh seafood, neatly rolled maki, and artfully drizzled sauces, the food is most definitely the star. Chefs also sear steaks and lobster tails on the hibachi, char-grill Chilean sea bass, and practice tiny sword skills when preparing pad Thai.