Best Japanese Restaurant Fort Lauderdale and Palm Beach 2008 - Takeyama Japanese Cuisine - CLOSED
6920 Cypress Road Plantation, FL
Plantation, FL 33317
The unassuming Takeyama, hidden behind a plain door in a Plantation strip mall like one of those exclusive New York clubs that deliberately fly under the radar, has retained its sense of mystery and drama for almost 30 years. This is the semi-private purview of a regular group of sushi fanatics willing to put themselves in chef Kenny's hands and pay the price. You'll find them arrayed on stools at the sushi bar, moaning gently as Kenny passes them plate after plate. With its sallow lighting, ancient carpet, and worn woods, the place has the underground feel of a seedy spot for fetishists. Indeed, this isn't sushi for lightweights: You've got to take a few risks with your palate, to be willing to consume things that squish, ooze, and crackle in ways not at all familiar, to allow tastes and textures you've never experienced settle into your mind and find a niche. Try the syrupy-dry, high-octane sake imported from Kenny's hometown, or the braised black cod just arrived by plane that day with all the pomp of a celebrity. Oily mackerel, fluke, three varieties of toro, kingfish, halibut, sea eel, stone crab — you're never sure exactly what you'll find on the slightly dingy specials board at the entrance, depending on the season and Kenny's resources. Keep going back and you'll develop a dangerous hankering for giant orange clam, live sea scallop, sweet jellylike shrimp, raw quail egg, strange pudding-like uni, and other bizarre delicacies the chef and his enthusiastic waitress will inevitably foist on you.
Best Japanese Food? My wife and I went to Takayama last night, and were very disappointed. From the waiter getting something wrong with every order, to the hacking up of small pieces of fish to scrape together our order, it was almost laughable how bad it went. When we ordered the Conch Sunomono, the waiter asked if we'd like it in a roll. We said, no, in a bowl will be just fine. It came completely unseasoned, in sort of a water residue, no vinegar at all. The one high point was the excellent toro, but we were shocked to discover that our order of 4 pieces was $48. The tasteless miso soup was served lukewarm in a flat china bowl with one of those Chinese ceramic soup spoons. About halfway through the meal, some nice hot towels showed up. There was one other couple at the bar, and this was a Friday night at peak time. We cut our losses early, so the bill was only $84. Overpriced food served by bumbling, uncaring staff- this is the best Japanese restaurant in Broward?