Umbrella-covered tables stretch along a waterfront patio splashed in sparkling lights, which mirror the romantic glow emanating from the dining room’s paper chandeliers as it plays off sleek bamboo plants and large, green-bordered windows. The chic atmosphere of Wild East Asian Bistro sets the stage for its chefs’ theatrical flourishes in the open kitchen, where diners can watch them craft dishes brimming with piquant spices, crisp vegetables, and fresh seafood. Medleys of Japanese, Korean, Thai, and Chinese morsels politely acquaint themselves atop each plate, attempting to remember their high-school language lessons before servers parade them to tables and awaiting appetites.
Asia Bay serves the "best sushi in this town," according to actor Alec Baldwin, who tweeted his recommendation while in Fort Lauderdale to film Rock of Ages, according to pbpulse. The man behind this A-list-worthy cuisine is executive chef and co-owner Peter Hepp, who according to Miami New Times "is hip to the aesthetic of clean lines, vivid colors, and brightly delineated flavors." Hepp's chefs drizzle the menu's more than 60 sushi and sashimi plates with colorful sauces as carefully as painters adorn canvas, yielding dishes that are as nice to look at as they are to eat. The 50-seat dining room operates under a similarly modern theme, with large picture windows, white leather chairs, and curved-back banquettes which Social Miami calls "minimalist-chic."
Outside, a patio held up by stilts lifts diners above the rippling waves of the Tarpon River, helping garner Asia Bay an OpenTable Diners' Choice Award for Best Outdoor Dining. Here the decor invites relaxation with large parasols, old-fashioned street lamps, and seagulls who will give backrubs for fresh-cut sashimi.
Pizza and limoncello served alongside sushi and sake. Some might say it's an unusual collision of cuisines under one roof, but at Rice & Dough, Goran and Amy Perovic don't quite see it that way. "We consider ourselves an American restaurant featuring two favorite kinds of American food," Goran told SouthFlorida.com, explaining that today, both sushi and Italian food fall under the ever-growing umbrella of American cuisine.
No matter what you call it, Rice & Dough has made quite the impression since its 2012 opening, attracting the attention of the Miami Herald's Rochelle Koff, the Broward Palm Beach New Times's Tricia Woolfenden, and Examiner.com's Drew Berliner. Having something for everyone is likely part of its success; patrons in the mood for sushi can enjoy a collection of maki, including a Z Fantasy roll packed with shrimp tempura, eel, and avocado, prepared in plain sight by a skilled chef at the sushi bar. Italian-food lovers, meanwhile, can slice up and share a margherita pie or one of the other dozen pizzas handmade by Goran in the open kitchen. Other Italian offerings include platefuls of housemade lasagna and lunchtime paninis. Because he's a former sommelier, it shouldn't come as a surprise that Goran has also compiled an extensive wine list for his guests, featuring reds, whites, and plenty of sake.
The chefs in Nanking Asian Grill?s kitchen toss seafood, veggies, and noodles in hot woks, creating pan-Asian entrees that span from mild to sizzling and spicy. Servers deliver these dishes to the dining room and deck, where they compete for diners? attention with panoramic views of the Intracoastal Waterway. Szechwan spare ribs and Hunan?style lamb chops showcase the flavors of China, whereas inside out and outside out sushi rolls transport tastebuds to Japan without the hassle of a long flight or the addition of nori pages to your passport.
Inside Fort Lauderdale reviewed Sukhothai and Zagat rated the food and service "very good to excellent." Seventy-nine percent of more than 220 Urbanspooners recommend the restaurant and Yelpers give it an average of four stars.