We recently purchased a Groupon for Japango Restaurant in Parkland, FL. We’ve always wanted to give Japango a try and this was the perfect opportunity to stop in for dinner. We were pleasantly surprised to find a really cool, stylish Asian restaurant with solid service and some really fresh food packed with flavor.
Japango has a few locations around South Florida and the Parkland location is located near Hillsboro Blvd and State Road 7. You might not even notice Japango as you drive by due to the way the strip mall seems to blend all the store fronts together. Parking is a snap and we were a bit early for dinner so got seated immediately.
The restaurant has a sushi bar to the left and lots of seating stretching the length of the restaurant. Colorful murals and art seem to swim among the dark relaxing colors, making a nice relaxing spot. The music was one of our favorite mixes of electronic/chill out and not too loud.
Our server was over quickly to take drink orders and drop off the menu. The menu is a large bounded ‘book’ of all kinds of sushi with traditional Asian dishes with some fusion as well. Small plates and full entrées range from seafood to meats to vegetarian. Here are plenty of noodle dishes as well as a good selection of soups. We decided on our entrees and added soups to start. The soups seemed to take a bit longer than you’d expect in an Asian restaurant, but WOW was it worth the wait.
Shrimp & Lobster Wonton Soup ($6.75) – shrimp & lobster gyoza in chicken stock topped with shredded bok choy. There was no issue with the temperature; in fact I had to let it cool a bit before digging in. The broth was light and packed with flavor, infused with seafood flavor from the gyoza. The gyoza (wontons) were huge! The pasta was thin, but held up well and the filling was packed with shrimp and lobster. Fresh bok choy and scallions rounded out the soup making this one of my favorite versions around. I liked the metal bowl too.
Japango Hot & Sour Soup ($3.95). Jeff loves hot & sour soup and thought this was on par with most in the area. He liked the addition of large fresh chicken breast pieces, so they scored extra points there. Overall a good version of the popular soup.
Our server took good care of us thought the meal. While he was a bit soft spoken, he kept things moving, drinks filled and got food hot out of the kitchen. Our main entrees came out shortly after we finished our soups.
Charred Red Miso Sea Bass ($23.95) – served with butter ponzu sauce accompanied by wok tossed noodles and vegetables. The portions were larger than expected and it looked amazing. The sea bass was cooked perfectly and was very fresh. The butter ponzu was a bit rich and I found they could have used slightly less, but still really enjoyed it. The wok tossed noodles were great, not overcooked and seasoned well. The vegetables were cooked al dente and really fresh as well.
Half Roasted Peking Duck ($16.95) – half of roasted duck in plum sauce accompanied by jasmine rice. Jeff usually doesn’t really order duck or even really care for it much. That is, until today! The look of the dish impressed us both, with a huge portion of golden, crispy duck. They chop it into pieces and it’s a bit tricky to eat with the cut bones. The skin was crisp and the fat rendered, leaving behind the good stuff. The plum sauce was on the side, but Jeff found he didn’t need it. The jasmine rice helped cut through the richness of the duck and it was nice and tender.
Our Groupon cost us $20 and was worth $40 and they add on 18% for the tip, which worked out well considering the good service given. The prices at Japango have quite the range and you can really get a lot for your money here. If you are on a tighter budget, stuck to the noodle dishes or small plates and you will be fine. You can also choose to splurge a bit too. We will definitely be heading back to Japango and can’t wait to try more things off the menu.
Japango Restaurant is located at 7367 State Road 7, Parkland, FL 33073