We recently headed to Downtown Fort Lauderdale to catch a show at The Broward County Performing Arts Center giving us an opportunity to try Chow Sushi+BBQ+Bar. Located in the Himarshee District, Chow Sushi is next door to and shares ownership with Bull Market American Bar + Kitchen and has been open for a few months now.
The inside looks modern, bringing in distressed wood and steel with mostly table seating and a few booths. The popular ‘words on the wall’ theme is present, but not overdone and looks inviting. The lighting is soft and creates a nice relaxed vibe. The sushi bar can been seen way in the back of the restaurant, but doesn’t contain much seating.
We chose to sit outside since the weather was perfect and we liked the street vibe. They had a cool color changing lighting effect overhead that was really cool, but made snapping pics a challenge.
Our server dropped off the menus and gave us some time to look them over as he got our drink orders. It’s an ambitious menu with lots of options. The main theme seems to be ‘Asian with a twist’ and it takes a while to narrow your search down. Sushi rolls are split between more traditional to the ‘Not So Sushi Rolls’ that have goodies like pulled pork, chicken and beef. Burgers have an Asian flare that shines though in the toppings and you also have the ‘Stir Fry…Sorta’ section. I had my eye on the fried chicken, so that was a no brainier. Jeff tried to talk me into the Russian Roulette Roll (one of the rolls has a hidden spicy habanero sauce) but I passed.
The server dropped off some sauces (soy, Korean BBQ & ponzu) and our orders all came out at once, with it only taking maybe 20 minute total.
Asian Nachos ($10) – Crispy wontons, chicken, ginger aioli, wasabi cream, seaweed and pickled ginger. This was under the ‘Small Plates+Appetizers’ section and was actually the perfect size for us. You get FOUR (4) large fried wontons all heaping with toppings. The wontons were a lot thicker than expected, which helped percent them from being soggy. The sauce was outstanding which reminded us of a spicy Korean BBQ. We asked the server upon ordering of anything contained sesame seeds and he missed it on this dish. The lighting was a bit dark out on the patio and unfortunately, we missed it as well. So if you make any specific requests, check and double check your order. The strange part was that the restaurant was not busy at all, maybe three tables, so no excuse for this oversight. Truth be told, the flavor was quite good on this dish and I’m still wondering what the sesame seed brings to the dish anyway.
Three (3) Piece Korean Fried Chicken, Soy Garlic Flavor ($8) – Cooked fresh to order, hand brushed and served with a watermelon jicama slaw. While the dish looked really good, we were a bit disappointed that the three pieces were all legs. It does make it easier to eat when sharing a plate, but we were expecting a mixed variety of pieces. I guess it does help when sharing as everyone gets the same piece. The first bite revealed a lack of garlic flavor, which leads us to think we got one of the other flavors offered. Our fried chicken sauce tasted just like the sauce used on the nachos. Still very good, but just didn’t taste as expected. The chicken as moist and fresh, but didn’t really have enough of coating/meat to enjoy. The watermelon & jicama slaw was VERY good and we loved the added cilantro.
Black and Blue Not So Sushi Roll ($13) – Steak, blue cheese, red pepper, asparagus, A1 sauce, & tempura flakes. We had them hold the sesame seeds and the server caught the kitchen mistake on this one. He had them remake it before it made it to the table. We actually really liked this ‘roll’ A LOT! The steak was grilled perfectly and had a lot of flavor that popped in each piece. It made us want to come back and try the steak. It was a cool combination that is best described as a ‘Willie Wonka full meal in one bite’.
They did have happy hour going, but we stuck to soft drinks. It’s worth noting that they use the chip system for 2-4-1 drinks, which most places in Himarshee seem to do. Then, came the end of the meal …and the fun part. When our check came, Jeff was so excited because they also bring a stick of complimentary cotton candy! It was a great way to end the meal and very unique. TIP: Eat it quickly because the South Florida humidity melts it faster than water on witch.
Chow Sushi+BBQ+Bar was a cool spot to grab some small plates. We liked all the unique items on the menu and would stop in again to sample more. Chow Sushi+BBQ+Bar is located at 208 SW 2nd St Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301