Tsukuro

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225 S. Fort Laud­erdale Beach Blvd., Fort Laud­erdale 954-523-1407, TsukuroFL.com Cui­sine: Asian Cost: Mod­er­ate-ex­pen­sive Hours: Lunch and din­ner daily Reser­va­tions: Sug­gested Credit cards: All ma­jor Bar: Full ser­vice Sound level: Mod­er­ate Out­side smok­ing: Yes For kids: High­chairs Wheel­chair ac­ces­si­ble: Yes Park­ing: $10 valet barely hang­ing on to the bone. Had they been boiled? Fried Thai bar­be­cue cala­mari ($8) tasted of un­cooked bat­ter.

I did find a few worth­while dishes on the menu. There was some very good fried rice ($5) with egg, gin­ger, gar­lic, Napa cab­bage, car­rot, bok choy, su­gar snap peas, scal­lion, Brussels sprouts, red pep­per and soy. And Brussels sprouts ($6) were good.

Ser­vice was a big step up from what I’ve come to ex­pect from beach­front restaurants. Food comes from the kitchen as it’s com­pleted, but what we thought would be the cen­ter­piece of our meal ar­rived 25 min­utes af­ter the other dishes. Crispy whole hog snap­per ($45), pre­pared Thai style with Thai basil, cilantro, bird chilies and Swiss chard, was nicely crispy, but we’d lost our zeal for it by the time the lovely but lonely plate ar­rived.

For dessert, choco­late ganache cake ($7) had a nice, fudgy, cup­cake qual­ity. Asian pear cake with sake-lime- co­conut tres leches ($7) was dry and crumbly.

Vet­eran res­tau­ra­teurs A.J. Yaari and Lior Avi­dor own three other beach restaurants: Spazio, San­grias Mex­i­can Cantina and Rock Bar. Tsukuro is the first restau­rant where they had a hand in ev­ery­thing from con­cept to de­sign and menu.

No mat­ter. Tourists won’t be able to re­sist this beauty.

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