Gauging the eating habits of Fort Lauderdale foodies is always a crapshoot. What’s popular today may be gone today, literally. Seizing on the hot trend of tapas dining, Chef and restaurateur, Edi Mulyanto, has put together a chic dining spot with a decidedly South Beach feel to it: Dapur. If the site looks familiar, you may be thinking, “Another restaurant? There?” Have faith, dear readers. Dapur is the latest incarnation to open at the location of several restaurants and nightclubs that have come and gone. Dapur looks promising. The night we dined the main room was filled with customers and the lounge on the other side also had a fair amount of patrons. The décor is “Eclectic Asian Spare,” with simple wood tables, white plates and non-descript flatware, plus a fair amount of candlelight to set the mood beautifully.
Dapur boasts an extensive specialty drink and martini menu, along with an eclectic array of white and red wines. Dapur’s signature cocktail, the Dartsmoor, which Kim, Jen & Mitch all ordered (I stuck to a, yawn…glass of Sauvignon Blanc; big mistake due to its small pour), was as good as described on the menu, though they were a bit smaller than we had hoped.
Hamachi Tartar - Gold Flakes on Top!
The portion sizes on the small plates are as advertised. It’s best to order several small plate items to share. We didn’t order any of the “large” entrees from the menu this particular night, but we could see some of the items being delivered to other tables (and something to try the next time we dine there). All of the entrees we were lucky enough to savor with our eyes looked and smelled incredible. Dapur’s staff is friendly and accommodating, as well. No high-brow stuffiness or SoBe attitude here. Our server was quite excited to talk about the food, but mostly he couldn’t stop raving about the drinks. They were delicious and refreshing.
Our Table Selections listed in order by favorite to least:
- Hamachi Tartar—hamachi, fresh ginger, chives and garlic, soy yuzu sauce
- Hamachi Kama—grilled yellow-tail tuna jaw with a ponzu dipping sauce
- Royal Tuna Roll – Albacore, Hamachi, Jalapeno Tempura, Cilantro, Inside and Topped with Tuna and Wahoo
- Crab Cake—jumbo blue lump crab, heart of palm and crunchy coconut with a tangy creamy sauce
- Bang Bang Scallops – Scallops with Soy Garlic Butter Sauce on Brussel Sprouts
- Vietnamese Rolls—vermicelli noodles, basil, vegetables and shrimp with a peanut hoisin dipping sauce
- Thai Pancake—green mussels, egg, tempura batter garnished with scallions and bean sprouts
- Pretty Roll—salmon, tobiko, cream cheese, crab, wrapped in cucumber (no rice) (more of an appetizer than a roll)
1620 N Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale
NAPA SMITH LOST DOG RED ALE
Kim and I saw the Napa Smith Lost Dog Red Ale (Napa Smith Brewery, Napa, California) on tap at a Boca Raton eatery last month, and we were both intrigued by the name and its point of origin, which begs the question: Can a good craft beer come out of the Mecca of American wine production? Yes, it can. The Lost Dog is smooth drinking ale with hints of caramel followed by a sweet, hoppy finish. With an ABV of 7.2%, the Lost Dog is mellow, easy to drink, and paired well with the artisanal grilled cheese sandwich and fries we shared. Find this Lost Dog, if you can – it’s a good companion that begs to be enjoyed and won’t wake the neighbors. Cheers!
TWISTED PINE HOPPY BOY IPA
I stumbled upon the Twisted Pine Hoppy Boy IPA (Twisted Pine Brewing Company, Boulder, Colorado) at Total Wine & Spirits recently and had to buy a six-pack based on the name alone. I enjoy IPAs greatly, so when I saw the cascade hops on the label and read its description, a purchase was in order. It didn’t disappoint, hop heads. If you like the tart, pungent bite of an IPA—start to finish—the Hoppy Boy is one beer you should make your friend. Colorado is quickly becoming the epicenter of craft brewing, shedding its Coors-or-nothing image in favor of finely made beers of all varieties. The Hoppy Boy is fine on its own, but would pair well with any spicy food, pungent cheese or even a bag of your favorite kettle-cooked chips. If you like a flavorful beer drinking experience, the Hoppy Boy will make the most ardent IPA lover happy. Cheers!