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"Asiatic cuisine" is chef-owner Roy Villacrusis' fiercely individual, breathtakingly inventive take on the cuisines of Asia, inspired by sushi but blasting off to an entirely new and different universe. Though open less than a year, Kubo earns its Best Restaurant honors by being simply the most exciting place to dine in Palm Beach County. With dishes like green-tea-cured salmon and a Kobe hot dog with kimchee, it's the kind of restaurant that would set palates drooling in such sophisticated, foodcentric cities as New York, Chicago, and San Francisco, never mind its exceedingly modest, design-on-a-budget appearance and location in a corner of an almost-deserted North Palm Beach shopping mall. Kubo also earns the Best Appetizer award for its Liver Surf 'n' Turf, a double-barreled shot of terrestrial and seafaring opulence that unites Hudson Valley foie gras and monkfish liver with a citrusy yellow miso sauce and a scattering of feathery microgreens. Simply put, it's unspeakably delicious. Now there's no reason to complain about a same ol', same ol' local restaurant scene. If you're hungry for food that excites and challenges your taste buds, you'll hope the small house that is Kubo has a very long life indeed.