Still hungry as I snacked on stale shrimp chips, I realize Dapur is the kind of restaurant for people in search of escape: a hotter partner, a bigger bank account, a more interesting job, a more happening city. The experience is delivered as a spa for the senses and a pampering staff. It's when the food is served that the illusion breaks, where pretty plates dubbed "Asian fusion" fail to deliver something of substance.

The $12 miso cod, usually a crowd pleaser, arrived shriveled and dry.
The $12 miso cod, usually a crowd pleaser, arrived shriveled and dry.

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Dapur

1620 N. Federal Highway
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304

Category: Restaurant > Asian

Region: Fort Lauderdale

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Dapur, 1620 N. Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale. Call 954-306-2663.

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As the music pumps, the breeze tends to gossamer like models on a shoot. I pick around a plate, looking up to a man in the corner in a European-cut suit. He mouths something across the room. I can't hear. Instead, he shrugs and winks: a sentiment best embraced by customers at Dapur hoping for an experience that's as pleasing to the palate as it is to the eye.

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33 comments
Deeeverett
Deeeverett

the issue I have with this article is not whether the food is good or bad, same for service and the bartender, rather the way it was written. As a "food critic', you should be direct and focused, there is no need to write a novel here, and a bad one at that. RESPECT YOUR JOB AND REMEMBER THAT THERE ARE PEOPLE WORKING THEIR BOOTY OFF TO DELIVER. They might have come up short, but no need to kill them slowly.

Dave R
Dave R

Wow!  I REALLY miss "The Four Rivers" after reading this article.

Ritzr
Ritzr

Totallly agree. Nice place but the food doesn't really deliver. Overpriced small plates also. 

Daddy
Daddy

They must not advertise with New Times.  Typical of them to give good reviews to places that advertise with them.  Dont loose your readers by being bias!!!!!!!!!

clblfl
clblfl

ate there shortly after they opened...staff needed training and the food was horrid.  miso was like eating a salt block

Heather Sloane
Heather Sloane

Whoever wrote this article obviously has a personal problem with the owner. I completely disagree with the article and nasty comments. I have been to Dapur several times with different groups of people and we had an amazing experience each time. The prices and quality of food are great! The staff is completely warm and there to help make your experience even better.. Thank You Edi for creating such a wonderful new restaurant right around the corner. 

Bebep
Bebep

It sounded like she had a problem with the food not the owner.

Edi Mulyanto
Edi Mulyanto

 Dear Melissa,Thank you for taking your time writing about Dapur, even though is so unfortunate for Dapur’s family to read your review. It seems nothing is good about the restaurant. With all the respect to your opinion, I would like to clarify about Dapur’s concept, we are focusing in the South East Asian cuisine which is very unfamiliar to many South Floridians; for instance” pecel” which is a traditional Indonesian salad, is based on cooked assorted vegetables and peanut sauce with a hint of kaffir lime. And I created oxtail soup with the old recipe that my mother made for me since I was growing up. I am very proud of both of my chefs; Supardi and Tony and with their dedication to create high quality food at a reasonable price. The two of them have been very supportive of my idea of growing most of our herbs and vegetables in our very own garden. I hope that one day you will enjoy Dapur as much as I and the Dapur family does. From the bottom of my heart, I would like to thank everyone who has been supporting and enjoying Dapur since we opened less than 3 months ago. We will do our best to provide you with a great expectations. I would also like to share with you the following reviews from other recent publications: http://sflchronicle.com/review... you and Best Regards,Edi Mulyanto

Tyredfsw
Tyredfsw

Nobody cares what Melissa or the clowns at sflchronicle think, but that picture paints 1000 words. That is one unappetizing looking dish.

Wendi
Wendi

I completely disagree with you.  I ate there with my husband and another couple about a month ago and we thought the food was fantastic!!!!

Stefan Kamph
Stefan Kamph

The name of this restaurant is uncomfortably close to "diaper."

Ms. Truthy Saidit
Ms. Truthy Saidit

To whom it may concern,

    Yes, Ms. Truthy Saidit is here to tell you the truth. Truth is what I believe in and Truth is what you'll get. First off what happened to your table Manners! did you leave them in Wilton ? that goes for you the manager that invites people to a HUGE birthday party for himself to a newly formed restaurant that you manage and don't even offer anyone a birthday drink or something on the house to your guests. Everyone talked about that MISTAKE ha (way to make a Dolla) That will be 8 Dollas for your drink ? 8 dollassss Whaaa? who me ? oh no I'm here for the managers birthday, he invited me ? "oh thats great, but there's nothing on the house tonight for his birthday" OMG LIKE THAT'S SO DAPUR ONLY ITS SPELLED DAPPER aka lady's and Gentleman that's right so NOT HOT! better check yourself into another restaurant were service is more efficient and real. Management will never take anything off the bill for you if it's wrong all they'll do is replace it and yes, they will make you eat it! cause they aint givin ya money back!! A restaurant that has nothing to offer there friends or family, is a restaurant considered BIYOCHSLAPPED !! 

Till next time I'm just hear to tell the Truth, the Truth that Grandaddy always told me to do.

Best of Luck,

Ms. Truthy Saidit 

Stanley
Stanley

Walked in and were greeted by the most beautiful hostesses I've ever seen. It went downhill from there. This is the noisiest restaurant I've ever been in. Whoever designed this place should have covered the bare walls with carpeting to prevent the sound from bouncing arounf. I couldn't wait to leave.

Brucie
Brucie

It might be useful to mention that it's very "gay friendly" before recommending the scene. It's certainly not for everybody.

 
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