New Fort Lauderdale Eatery Koi Japanese Cuisine & Sushi Lounge Debuts + Info for Christmas Eve/Day
Celebrate A Festive Christmas Eve + Christmas Day With Delicious Asian Fare At The New Eatery Koi Japanese Cuisine & Sushi Lounge In Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Fort Lauderdale, FL — For a memorable Christmas Eve or Christmas Day of 2019, diners should head to the new eatery Koi Japanese Cuisine & Sushi Lounge in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Koi–which his pronounced KOH–ee, and which means fish in Japanese–serves up a stellar selection of gifts from the sea, including a mouthwatering array of sushi, sashimi, and specialty rolls and a myriad of soul-satisfying main plates. Their fresh fish is delivered, daily, Monday through Saturday, and diners appreciate the difference. Koi also serves a wonderful selection of appetizers, soups and salads, noodle dishes, poke bowls, and entrees, for lunch and dinner daily. They will be serving their regular a la carte dinner menu, from 11:30 a.m. – 10:30 p.m., on both Christmas Eve and Day.
Koi–which debuted in early November of 2019–is owned by talented husband-and-wife team Chef Jason Zheng and Tina Wang. The pair also own two extremely popular Boca Raton restaurants–Saiko-i Sushi Lounge & Hibachi, in the Shoppes at Village Pointe, and Yakitori Sake House in Royal Palm Place. The couple are dedicated to providing delicious dishes, comprised of high-quality ingredients, and friendly and attentive service. Zheng and Wang had wanted to open a third restaurant, in Fort Lauderdale, and were happy to take over the space that was previously home to Coco Asian Bistro & Bar from chef/owner Mike Ponluang. They had met Ponluang, several years ago, and contacted him about creating a “little sister” restaurant to Saiko-i where his Thai and sushi restaurant was located. They also plan to add seven hibachi tables, in the adjoining space to Koi, when they expand their restaurant in the summer of 2020.
After meeting with the staff, at Coco, Zheng and Wang asked everyone–including sushi chefs, cooks, servers, bartenders, and hostesses–to stay on at Koi and many staff members joined them in their new venture. Zheng–who is a gifted sushi chef with over 18 years of impressive experience–has been training the sushi chefs and cooks at Koi to expertly execute his menu. Tina’s brother, John Wang–who had previously worked at both Saiko-i and Yakitori–is the General Manager at Koi.
Menu standouts include a splendid selection of delectable sushi and sashimi, which can be ordered by the piece or in sushi boats of varying sizes. Inventive specialty rolls include the Out of Control Roll, $15 (tuna, salmon, yellowtail, tempura flakes, and scallions wrapped in soy paper, topped with avocado and four kinds of tobiko, spicy mayo, kimchee, and eel sauce); the Sexy Lady Roll, $17 (riceless roll with spicy tuna and tempura flakes, wrapped in avocado, topped with tuna, salmon, white fish, and mango sauce); the Lobster Sea Bass Roll, $30; and the Lobster Dynamite Roll, $20. The Holiday Roll, $16, is a Christmas treat, filled with tuna, salmon, yellowtail, crab, and asparagus, and topped with four kinds of tobiko.
Diners may order customized dishes based around ginger sauce, basil sauce, curry sauce (red, green, Panang, and Massaman), pad Thai, yaki udon noodles, and yakisoba noodles, with chicken, pork, or tofu, $17, each; with beef shrimp, or scallops, $19, each; or with a meat and seafood combination, $25, each.
Other favorites include poke bowls, such as the Poke Combination Bowl, $17 (tuna, salmon, imitation crab, mixed and seaweed salad, edamame, cream cheese, avocado, pickled ginger, sushi rice, rice crackers, sesame seeds, and fish eggs); Peking duck (served in half- or full portions, for $35/$65; whole snapper, $36 (lightly fried, tossed with house-made sweet chili sauce, and presented in the whole body of the fish); the grilled 10 oz. USDA prime skirt steak served with baby bok choy, $39; and ginger sea bass served with shiitake mushrooms, $35.
To honor Chef Mike, Zheng and Wang have kept some of Coco’s much-loved menu items on their new menu at Koi, including the lobster pad Thai–and versions of pad Thai with chicken, beef, vegetables, and shrimp–an array of curry dishes, lobster-pineapple fried rice, the Mama Roll, samosas, and chicken satay.
At Koi, diners may choose to dine inside, at booths or at tables in the dining room, at the sushi bar, or at the cocktail bar, or outside on the covered patio. The unique outdoor space is filled with comfy seating, plenty of greenery, a water feature, and a fire wall.
Koi Japanese Cuisine & Sushi Lounge is located in the Harbor Shops, at 1841 Cordova Road (off of 17th Street) in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, 33316.
Koi is open Monday – Thursday from 11:30 a.m. – 10:30 p.m.; Friday from 11:30 a..m – 11:30 p.m.; Saturday from 12:00 p.m. – 11:30 p.m.; and Sunday from 12:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Please phone 954.525.3541 for reservations/information. www.koiftl.com
Delivery is offered through both Delivery Dudes and Uber Eats.
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