In Fort Lauderdale, restaurants open nearly once a week. Usually, it takes a little while for the public to notice. That's not the case with those opened by the Restaurant People.
While we've been covering the place since construction, we decided to take a first look at operations since it has been up and running.
Designed by Executive Chef Chris Miracolo and the Restaurant People's Peter Boulukos, the global eclectic fare includes a wide range of flavors and influences. Dishes like the crisp rice cake ($10) with spicy tuna and scallion, the wood fired Japanese eggplant ($7) with miso sake glaze and sesame, and the Vietnamese chicken wings ($10) with green papaya slaw, and the wide selection of sushi ($6 to $13) illustrate the menu's Asian influences.
Mediterranean can be seen in the marinated olives ($4) with fennel, orange, and smoked almonds; the tomato bread ($4) of grated tomato, olive oil, and Manchego.
New American influences are evident plates like the deviled fresh farm eggs ($5) with smoked sea salt and Espelette (a French pepper), Mac & Cheese with smoked Gouda and crispy prosciutto, and the heritage pork loin ($22) with sausage bread pudding, heirloom carrots, and pole beans.
Specialty cocktails, which run about $12 a piece, feature many lighter, beach-inspired options. The menu includes many vodka and rum options with house-made syrups and muddled fruits. Drinks like the Strawberry Mamasita with Herradura tequila, strawberry, basil, and citrus; the Thai Coconut Crush, Vanilla infused Bacardi, basil, mint, cilantro, and coconut milk; and S3's Sexy Summer Seduction, Pisco Porton, citrus juices, and passion fruit foam follow the global eclectic trend.
Everyday from 4 to 7 pm, the restaurant offers happy hour with $2 off cocktails and beers.
S3 is located at 505 N. Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd. in Fort Lauderdale. Call 954-525-7873, or visit s3restaurant.com.
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