Monday, December 3, 2012

China Grill at Hilton Ft. Lauderdale Marina

I have been a fan of China Grill for many years frequenting their South Beach location, but unfortunately the Sobe location recently closed. The great thing is that although that location is no longer (for the time being), I still have the option of going to the Fort Lauderdale location instead. 

The Fort Lauderdale location is a bit hidden and hard to find, but once you find it, you will appreciate its amazing location. You would think that it is located inside the Hilton, but it is actually located behind it, directly on the Ft. Lauderdale Marina which offers the restaurant beautiful views of the Intercoastal. The interior of the restaurant is also very beautiful. Reds and dark wood along with illuminating lighting create a warm environment.

The Lobster Pancakes, stir fried with wild mushrooms, red chili, scallions & coconut milk, was good but not as amazing as I was expecting it to be. In my head, I hyped it up, expecting to eat this scrumptious dish but although good it fell way below my expectations.

The Sake marinated “drunken” chicken accompanied by ponzu sauce, sweet crispy onions & Asian slaw was by far my favorite dish of the night. The chicken was so tender and had a delectable flavor. It melted in my mouth and finished with a nice savory flavor.

The Barbecued wild salmon was perfectly cooked and was good but not exceptional. 

Our accompaniment was Duck fried rice. It was really, really, really delicious! Ah-maze-ing rice!

To top off the meal was a bottle of Francis Coppola Diamond Collection Claret, a smooth, full bodied cabernet sauvignon. 

The location is a standout and the food is good too, but the staff here is also really exceptional; everyone is well trained, enthusiastic and engaging. Good service is often hard to come by so this is definitely one of the major pluses of dining here.

There are some improvement to be had but I do enjoy dining at China Grill! 

China Grill at Hilton Ft. Lauderdale Marina
1881 Southeast 17th Street, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316
(954) 759-9950

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