South Florida foodies have seen a renaissance along Fort Lauderdale’s mile-long stretch of A1A, evident in the recent wave of restaurant openings over the past few years and in mid-February, 2014, Asian-inspired eatery, Tsukuro, joined the mix; further defining Fort Lauderdale Beach as a destination which has more to offer than just sun and sand.
A melding of four words, Tsukuro translates to the phrase “where the moon arrives over the water;” a playful nod to the oceanfront setting and synergized rhythm of the menu, design and service style, which will surly appeal to South Florida locals and visitors from around the globe.
Featuring seasonal ocean treasures and a variety of fresh sushi, sashimi and rolls, complemented by small and large plates for sharing, ranging from traditional favorites like Korean-Style Ribs to Chinese-style Roasted Duck to playful takes on classics with Slow-Braised Oxtail Spring Rolls to Thai-style Whole Fish, the menu delivers a myriad of tastes. An ample selection of wine, sake, tea, beer and signature cocktails brings harmonious balance to the umami (savory) culinary offerings.
With a firm belief that the first taste is with the eyes, the stunning, 225-seat, 8,000-square foot eatery delivers beautifully; drawing one in with its impressive two-story glass-ensconced structure and contrasting black and gray palette with bursts of vibrant orange and teal. A central statement to the restaurant’s contemporary design is the raw bar display and communal sushi counter, encircled by a color-changing LED lighting structure, where diners can watch the action up close and personal from expertly trained sushi chefs. An assortment of seating options, each elevated in a subtle stacked position, allows nearly every seat from the sidewalk tables to the raised patio, multi-level bar and main dining room, as well as the glass-enclosed private dining room, a vantage point of the activity along Fort Lauderdale Beach’s bustling boulevard.
“Tsukuro embodies the evolving direction of Fort Lauderdale, and particularly Fort Lauderdale Beach within the South Florida dining scene; cosmopolitan and chic yet relaxed and inviting, with the added bonus of a beautiful oceanfront setting,” stated owner A.J. Yaari.
A welcome departure from the mainstream happy hour, Tsukuro also offers patrons the opportunity to score big in savings and flavor by mixing and matching their personal winning combination from the 7/7/7 Happy Hour menu, which features a monthly rotation of seven drinks and seven small plates. Priced as a combination, the 7/7/7 Happy Hour specials offer an approximate 20%-30% savings.
In Asian culture, the number seven symbolizes “togetherness," and in western culture, the number symbolizes “good luck.” Apropos, the combination of three (7/7/7) equaling the number twenty-one, has long been considered a symbol of perfection.
Featured cocktails for April include a daily TY-KU Sake Cocktail, Fresh Fruit Sake Sangria, Kyoto Picnic (citrus-infused Ty Ku Silver, lemon and cinnamon), and Malibu Coconut Rum Sparklers. April’s wine selection includes Markham Chardonnay, Leitz Out Riesling and American Wine Company Red Zinfandel. Guests adding bites while they imbibe can choose from the featured $7 small plates and sushi rolls including California Roll, J&B Roll, Assorted Crisps, Lacquered Chicken Wings, Tsukuro’s Signature Baby Back Ribs, Oxtail Spring Rolls and Thai BBQ Calamari. The special happy hour offer will be available Monday through Friday (for seven hours) from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
In addition to the all-day menu, Tsukuro has recently added a menu of Asian-influenced lunch favorites. Offered from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m., the menu features Kobe Sliders ($12), Pulled Pork on Challah Roll ($11), Chinese Chicken Salad Wrap ($12), Steak Salad Wrap ($15) and Grilled Chicken Wrap ($12). Seafood lovers can indulge in the Lobster Roll ($18), Rock Shrimp or Fried Oyster Po’Boy ($14), Clams and Mussels ($9) or the Oyster Taster, a selection of two East Coast, West Coast and Gulf Coast Oysters ($15). Adventurous foodies with a taste for Tsukuro’s signature Asian flavors can enjoy the East “Meats” West Burger with wasabi mayonnaise and kimchi ketchup ($12) or the Chef’s Weekly Bento Box of four small tasting plates accompanied by vegetable fried rice ($12- selections will change weekly). All entrees are presented with Boniato Fries or Asian Slaw.
Tsukuro is located at 225 S. Fort Lauderdale Beach Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316. Lunch and dinner are offered seven days a week from 11:00a.m.–11 p.m. Lot and metered parking are conveniently located behind the restaurant for guests. Valet parking is available on the weekends for $10 with validation. To view the complete menu, or for additional information and reservations, please call 954-523-1407 or visit www.tsukurofl.com