Although SAIA is by no means cheap, a party of two could dine for less than $60 with a hearty sushi roll and three small plates. I'd recommend the previously exalted tamari scallops ($14), paired with the fire dragon roll ($18) — packed with shrimp tempura, avocado, and snow crab, then topped with spicy tuna and masago. SAIA's version of a ceviche is found in the tangy fish — a medley of tuna, hamachi, and salmon tossed in ginger, orange, and lime and assembled into a tower of mixed greens ($10). Don't miss the lime- and salt-crusted scallops, which are succulent and sweetened with honey miso sauce on Japanese sweet potato ($14).

It was difficult to find a creation that didn't work at SAIA. The Wagyu beef ($29), topped with a shiitake-shimiji mushroom mixture, was mildly unsatisfying because the meat was a bit chewy. Presented atop a simple charred pepper, the beef is pricey — $6 a mouthful. And the hamachi dish ($12) proved unimaginative compared to other dishes; slivers of sashimi were topped with a single slice of raw jalapeño in a chintzy portion of orange-ponzu sauce.

You could joyously end your meal with the tropical roll ($18) — seared juicy scallop, mushroom, shiso, and cucumber, topped with salmon and paper-thin mango. But then you would have to pass on decadent desserts like the banana tempura (crispy fried banana slices beside a bowl of coconut ice cream), creamy crème brûlée (which veers from the traditional with hints of lemongrass and mango), or the green tea ice cream with raspberry sauce and fresh berries.

Tamari scallops: Rich, premium, soy-moistened scallops and crabmeat wrapped in tuna.
Candace West
Tamari scallops: Rich, premium, soy-moistened scallops and crabmeat wrapped in tuna.

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SAIA

999 N. Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd.
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304

Category: Restaurant > Asian

Region: Fort Lauderdale

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SAIA, 1999 N. Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd., Fort Lauderdale. Call 954-564-1000, or click here.

The masses haven't found this place yet, but if the quality and service keeps up, it won't be long until they're coming in droves. As you sip on an after-dinner cordial served over a slow-melting rounded ice sphere, you'll forget what the place was once before. Holiday Inn, what?

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Marlin
Marlin

I had dinner tonight and here are my impressions:

Hotel is a Wannabe Hotel W,  just passing through the lobby noticed that housekeeping was lacking, heavy layer of dust on chandeliers and furniture. 

Food Was deliciousPortions are VERY smallPrices are Very Expensive  ( $191 for three)Very Rushed server  we had our complete dinner in 45 minutesServer needs more training, brought check without asking if we wanted desert, and never cleaned the table until I asked her.

NOT going Back!  Too many great alternatives in this town.

Dennis
Dennis

Ok, so jaimie thinks that $14 for guacamole for 2 is too expensive but a place that charges 3 times what anyone else does for sushi is going to appeal to the masses. Yeah, right.

The story with this place is that it's the highest end asian restaurant in town located in a second class hotel ('B' is a good name for it) in a part of town that rich people don't go. If you missed that part of the story, then you've just wasted everybody's time and your employer's money. The place is empty because it's too expensive. People were fooled by Tokyo Blue. How many times are they going to be fooled into eating overpriced fish slices in fancy bowls?

Dennis
Dennis

Wow, the lead photo is, yes you guessed it, a chef with a staged dish. What imagination!

Al
Al

No matter what they do it will always be a holiday inn.

Denzin
Denzin

Since you have nothing better to do than comment on things you clearly know nothing about... perhaps you should check your own facts. Jamie said that $24 for mediocre guacamole dip was too much to pay. Not $14.

Try a new hobby, douche.

Dennis
Dennis

She said that $24 was too much for 4 people; so are you saying that the smaller version for $14 (she mistakenly said $12) isn't also too much? Since $6 per person is too much, it would seem to follow that $7 per person would also be too much.

I actually know everything about it and she completely missed the boat on this restaurant. Why do you regularly deny your readers the truth? She completely missed the boat in this restaurant. She's completely inconsistent in her evaluations. $6 per person is too much for Guac but $14 for 3 scallops is "recommended". It's just comical.

Dennis
Dennis

I think you mean drivel? You seem quite confident in your ignorance. You must be a democrat.

Denzin
Denzin

There is a difference between "recommending" something that is worth an occasional splurge and not finding value in a very common and unexciting, overpriced dish.

Your pointless dribble ends up on a number of articles. Why don't you work up some samples and try to work for them. Your constant criticism makes you look like a stereotypical computer nerd sitting in your mom's basement with nothing better to do than stalk people with real professions to try and get your meaningless opinion out.

Fat Hand
Fat Hand

Dennis! How many times I gotta ask? Do you have a food blog? I would be very interested in reading it.

 
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