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Ft. Lauderdale--Cafe Sharaku, a real gem


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Ft. Lauderdale--Cafe Sharaku, a real gem

JmVikmanis | Feb 20, 2009 05:32 AM

We made our third visit to this little (about 18 seats) place on US 1/ Federal Hwy just south of Oakland Park Blvd, a couple of nights ago. It was fantastic and I've got to give it a plug. There's another post further down pleading for folks to frequent this place in an effort to be sure it stays in business. I can't think of a more admirable undertaking.

The chef is Asian and there are Asian touches on the contemporary items throughout the menu. There wasn't a thing on it that didn't sound wonderful and I would love to have treid everything. I chose the 28 dollar prix fixe menu of four course. A creamy celery soup for starter, then fluke with sea urchin over bok choy, then short ribs falling apart atop veggies, and finally coconut mousse with pineapple carpaccio. Though portions (except for the main which was very ample) are appropriately small, that's a lot of great taste and fine ingredients for 28 dollars. My dining partner had edemame, perfect salmon tartare, and crab in a wonderful broth and finished it off with a rich chocolate gooey cake in a cup.

The space is small but very pleasant with a peach moire covered banquette separating the dining area from the entry and providing seating for four tables for two. The other seating is high backed leather chairs. Nice white linens and small florals on each table. Two nice paintings on the wall and sheer curtains covering the window facing the street. You feel as if you are in a private dining room in someone's home. Service is similarly pleasant and genuinely concerned that you be happy with everything.

We have a low end favorite further up the Highway (Kosta's Greek restaurant, a dive with fantastic, gigantic portions of truly great homemade Greek food) that we try to go to often to be sure they stay solvent. They're just going to have to be content with half as many visits from now on. We've got to make sure this place (mid-level price wise, but high end food wise) stays in business so we can go again and again and again. Please try it and return often as we will.

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