Domo Arigato, Takato

Adding to the already dynamic and diverse culinary scene on Fort Lauderdale Beach, Takato, located oceanside at Conrad Fort Lauderdale Beach, debuts their Japanese and Korean fusion concept, featuring shareable small plates and entrees with an emphasis on sushi.

I don’t think there’s any similar experience on the beach,” says hotel manager Nadim Barrage. “You have everything from steakhouse to Mexican to Mediterranean to seafood. Takato brings that Asian inspiration to the beach. It also brings something unique, and that is the product.”

At the helm of Takato is Executive Chef Taek (Taka) Lee , whose career spans more than 20 years at some of the nation's leading restaurants, including local South Florida institutions, ZUMA, Makoto and Monkitail.

Keeping true to his roots, Chef Taka has a deep admiration for Korean and Japanese techniques while adding his own variations to his menus at his newest and most rewarding venture to date. The menu serves as a decadent love letter to South Florida, showcasing his inspiration of refining exquisite ingredients with bright flavor compounds, and locally-sourced land and sea provisions, inspired by endless ocean views along the Atlantic Ocean.

Aside from the sushi, nigiri, maki, sashimi and cold seafood appetizers ($9-$38) signature dishes also include: Duck Bao Buns ($14), Watercress Salad with wasabi Caesar dressing for ($14.), Short Rib Japchae with sweet potato noodles and onions for ($24.), and Chilean Sea Bass with soy, mirin and honey ($28.). For take-out or dining al fresco on the beach across the street, Takato will offer to-go sushi bento boxes. There is a craft cocktail menu, where, for example, a Sekushi Sour cocktail with cognac, apricot liquor and apple syrup is $14. There is also a curated sake and a vegan wine collection.

Set in a light, abundantly green and breezy backdrop, the décor is minimalist in style with earthy hues and pops of blue and green. Featuring a 26-foot intricately designed sushi bar, oceanfront bar and 60 seats indoors, 100 outdoors on two waterfront terraces, the setting brings sophisticated vibrancy, and an innovative air of tranquility.

Takato is located oceanside at 551 N. Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd., Fort Lauderdale. Dinner is served noon-9 p.m. Sunday-Thursday and noon - 10pm Friday & Saturday. Breakfast is served 8-11 a.m. Friday-Sunday and there is a daily Happy Hour from 4-6 p.m. Reservations are available via OpenTable.com or by calling 954-414-5160. To view menus, visit  www.takatorestaurant.com