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.